Xandros May Induce CrossOver

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-08-09 Print this article Print

An upgrade to CrossOver Office makes the newest version of Xandros Desktop worth a look.

The newest version of Xandros Desktop, the Linux desktop that focuses heavily on ease of use and deployment and provides a Windows-like interface, is hardly even an upgrade, with one new feature and mainly bug fixes that make it more like a patch than an upgrade.

However, for some business users, that one new feature—an upgrade to CodeWeavers CrossOver Office 3.01—makes Xandros Desktop Business Edition 2.5 worth a look. This version of CrossOver Office is a major improvement for business users who want to run a Linux desktop but need to use Windows applications.

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With the inclusion of CrossOver Office 3.01, Xandros Desktop users can run many more Windows applications on the Linux desktop, including Microsofts Outlook XP and Project and IBMs Lotus Notes 6.5.1. I also liked that, with this version, I could load Windows-only plug-ins for my Linux-based Mozilla browser.

Xandros made it simple to upgrade my Xandros Desktop 2.0 to the new version, and if one doesnt need the $39.95 CrossOver Office 3.01 upgrade, moving to Xandros Desktop 2.5 is free.

Xandros Desktop Business Edition 2.5, released last month, starts at $129. For more information, go to www.xandros.com.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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