Xandros Desktop OS 3 Deluxe Edition

Review: The latest version of Xandros ships with some terrific features, including VPN support, a firewall wizard, DVD burning, and encrypted home folders. The new features add up to a great distro.

The Sum of the Parts

We frequently get the same question from our readers in the ExtremeTech forum: I want to get rid of Windows, so which Linux distribution should I try? Now we have a definite answer: Get Xandros. With the release of version 3, the Xandros folks have finally come up with a full-blown replacement for Windows on the desktop. New stuff in this release includes a VPN wizard, a firewall wizard, encrypted home folders, DVD burning, and a number of other goodies.

Thats a lot of new features, and some of them answer criticisms weve had of a variety of Linux distros. Can a desktop distro really be a viable replacement for Windows? To find out, we installed it on a couple of PCs--a desktop and a laptop.

Before we move on to Xandros, here are the specs for our two test systems:

Desktop System

Laptop System

Asus A7N8X-E Motherboard

Compag 3080

nVidia nForce2 Ultra chipset

SiS 650 Chipset

AMD Athlon XP 3000

2.4GHz Pentium 4


64MB SiS integrated

160GB WD Hard Disk

40GB 2.5"