Friday, October 07, 2005

Xandros Desktop OS - Open Circulation Edition

"Linux, huh? Too hard."

Not anymore. Try Xandros Desktop (Open Circulation Edition), a great Linux distro with a full suite of applications on the disc. And best of all it's free!

Xandros is one of the most usable Linux distributions I've found, with a simple install process and a wizard that configures it to look similar to your old operating system (Windows, MacOS, etc).

And if you can't part with your Windows apps, check out the Deluxe or Business editions which feature CrossOver Office, which allow you to run Windows apps directly in Xandros.

Xandros Desktop OCE features include:
- Full support for Windows file and printer sharing
- OpenOffice.org office suite
- CD burning
- Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird (web browser and email client)
- Easy software update utility
- Trial version of CrossOver Office
- USB scanner support
- Skype internet calling

Yeah, I know that most of the applications listed here are free, but what do you expect from a free OS? The best bit is, you don't need to worry about compiling and installing them.

Although, if you want to install something else, you can do that too. Xandros supports both Redhat installer packages (RPM) and Debian packages. If you want to go hard out, bring up a console and compile it yourself.

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