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Editorial Feature - Xandros Business Edition

Part three of our editorial series on Linux features Xandros Business Desktop. Read all about it!
Published: Apr 16, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows / Linux
Tucows Editorial Feature

Linux Distributions: Xandros Linux

by Michael E. Callahan aka Dr. File Finder


Part of the editorial series on Linux

A Brief History of Xandros

What is now known as Xandros was originally called CorelLinux. Yep, that's Corel Corporation, like in CorelDRAW. From whatI've been able to find out Corel needed money and Microsoft was willingto invest in them. Strangely enough not long after that Corel decided topull out of the Linux market. Coincidence? Got me. I'm just reportingwhat I found out. In any event Xandros now offers six (6) uniqueversions. The majority of these are targeted at home users. The versionI've been evaluating is Xandros Business Edition, which istargeted at businesses. The other product targeted toward businesses isa server edition.

Xandros is remarkably Windows-like in its look and feel. LikeWindows it keeps nearly all of the technical stuff safely out of sightfrom the user. Xandros, of all the Linux distributions I'velooked at, is probably the one that would be easiest for someonejust switching over to Linux from Windows.

A Quick Look At Xandros

In looking at Xandros the first thing I noticed was that it has anice array of software. You get everything you need to work andplay. If you're a Windows user you'll be happy to see things like AdobeReader and Skype. You also get things like Firefox, RealPlayer, andtools for working with your Palm device and iPod.

Unlike some Linux distributions I've looked at Xandros doesn'toverwhelm you with software choices. I really like the Evolutionemail program and OpenOffice for doing word processing, spreadsheets,and more. In this "Business" edition you get the full version ofCrossOver, which lets you install Windows programs in Xandros. Iinstalled a couple of Windows applications and there was no problem atall. This is a great feature if there are a few Windows programs thatyou just simply can't live without.

Plenty Of Extras

Xandros comes with some really nice extra features. One that Ithought was really slick was the Xandros Security Suite. Thisgives you anti-virus, firewall, and more. Really a very nice utility forkeeping your computer safe and secure. It's very easy-to-use andconstantly updated.

Another cool feature for those who may be switching to Xandros is aproduct called Versora Progression Desktop. What it does is tohelp you migrate important setting from Windows. Versora grabs thingslike email addresses, bookmarks, messages, and all manner of personaldata. Really nice.

Networking under Xandros is also very easy and intuitive. In just a fewclicks I could connect to other computers in my network, share files,and so on. Slick.

Summing It Up!

In my opinion, Xandros is a truly impressive distribution ofLinux. It installs easily and it's quite fast. It comes with a goodassortment of software and lots of really nice extras. For a Windowsuser like myself it made me feel comfortable. The interface andthe software was easy-to-use and intuitive. As noted earlier I thinkXandros may be the best distribution of Linux for newer users.That fact that it seems familiar makes it easier to get intoLinux without thinking about it so much.

Xandros is fast, efficient, and easy-to-use. The cost of Xandrosis minimal, in my opinion. The Home Edition is $39.00 and the HomePremium Edition is only $79.00 Once again, since I know I can'tadequately explore Xandros and the other distributions of Linux in sucha short time, I plan on coming back to it in a few months. At that timeI'll have extended reviews for you. For now the bottom line is thatXandros is impressive. Thinking about Linux? Then think aboutXandros. I recommend it.



About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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