So, you can either start hauling your older systems to the junk yard after todays last Microsoft patch day, or you can upgrade to Xandros 4, the most Windows-friendly Linux desktop around.
Xandros 4 is the latest in a long series of Linux desktops dating back to Corels 1999 Linux desktop. Xandros has come a long, long way since then.
Today, as three older members of the Windows family depart, Xandros is more than able to take up the needs of these, and other, Windows users.
More so than almost any other Linux desktop, Xandros is designed to look and feel like Windows.
It starts with a KDE 3.42 desktop interface, with some enhancements to increase its Windows-like look and feel.
In fact, you can, as I did, set it up to mirror a typical Windows environment and fool users into thinking theyre actually using Windows.
This is helped, in no small measure, by the inclusion in the Home Premium Edition Xandros Desktop Linux 4.0 of CodeWeavers Inc.s Crossover Office 5.03 Standard Edition.
With CrossOver, you can run many popular Windows applications. For example, I was able to run Office 2000 and 2003, Quicken 2004, iTunes 5.01, and Macromedia Dreamweaver MX.