By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2004-12-09 Print this article Print

: VPN Arrives "> Over the last year or so we have been the lone voice in the wilderness crying out for Linux vendors to include a built-in VPN wizard into their products. Being able to connect to a VPN is very basic functionality and is certainly a must-have feature for business users who have to connect to their corporate networks. We were very, very pleased to discover that not only has Xandros included a VPN wizard with 3.0, theyve done it in a way that makes it functionally as simple and easy as the one in Windows XP. We had absolutely no problem connecting to our own corporate network using Xandros, and, once connected, we were able to fire up our browser and begin using the Ziff-Davis content management system to do our usual tasks. The folks at Xandros deserve special praise for being the first Linux distribution to accomplish this. Its long overdue and kudos to the Xandros developers for delivering this to their customers. Along with praise for Xandros, we also want to deliver a message to Linux vendors that dont offer VPN functionality–get it done or lose customers to Xandros. Its really that simple at this point; excuses just arent going to cut it anymore. Xandros has raised the bar, and all Linux users–especially business users–will benefit from this functionality.

VPN aside, Xandros networking is generally excellent as always. We had no problems connecting to our Windows network with Xandros via the Windows Network tool in the Xandros File Manager. We did, however, run into problems with the wireless card in our laptop (more on that later).
Note also that Xandros comes with a built-in firewall wizard that makes it simple to set up a firewall to protect your Xandros computer. You can customize the security settings, control Internet connection sharing, and control access to network services via the wizard. You dont have to be a network guru to protect your computer with the Xandros firewall wizard. If you arent sure which services you want to run, just click the Help button and you can pull up a list of what each service is. It took us just a minute or two to set up a firewall using the Firewall Wizard.

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site:

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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