The Verdict on Xandros

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

Were very pleased with this version of Xandros. Theres quite a bit of value here for anyone and we feel very comfortable recommending it to anyone who wants to move off of Windows and onto Linux. Its stable, easy to use, and comes with a good range of applications. Laptop wireless problem aside, in terms of ease of use, we think that Xandros has set a new standard for Linux distributions. We cant wait to see what version 4 of Xandros will look like...
Product: Xandros Desktop OS 3 Deluxe Edition
Pros Includes VPN & Firewall wizards; good file manager; easy to install and use; comes with CrossOver Office 4.1 so it can run some Windows applications.
Cons: Could use more software included as part of the default installation; Firefox should be the default browser; no Gnome; problems with our laptops wireless card.
Summary: Excellent alternative to Windows; one of the best Linux distributions around and one of the easiest to use; highly recommended for users new to Linux.
Price: Deluxe Edition $89.95; Standard Edition $49.95; Open Circulation Edition is free.

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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