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Old 12-23-2003, 01:46 PM   #1
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XP Lookalike


I am not sure if any of you people saw this, but there is now a way to make your Linux box look like Windows XP. I mean really like XP, even the way the boxes are and widgets.

Check it out:
http://www.xpde.org

I have not installed it yet, but I think that is kinda funny. Everyone wants their box to look like another OS, rather than be unique.

-Steph
 
Old 12-23-2003, 01:56 PM   #2
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Ummm.... Stephanie, I think the link is bad.

www.xpde.com , maybe?

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Old 12-23-2003, 02:07 PM   #3
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Not really.. mine looks like a goodlooking flux/kde desktop

You can already make KDE look like windows. Though.. why would you? I've always thought it's very ugly.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 02:08 PM   #4
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Just looked around the site...... I smelll an IP lawsuit. They did a great job mimicing the XP look. I'm just waiting for M$ to pull a Lindows.com style lawsuit on them.

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Old 12-23-2003, 02:08 PM   #5
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My bad.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 03:13 PM   #6
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pretty cool waht they have, but I for one am happy no very happy and pleased with the look and feel of my desktop.

I still applaude the effort though.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 05:57 PM   #7
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Ok, I hate to be the one to say this, but i think the familiar look and feel for windows drones may be helpful in getting them to make the switch.

If a box could come with this setup on it right from the get go, it may be the small push linux needs.... and then as they go, they can learn to have a real desktop.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 08:04 PM   #8
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I can tell you that what made people I know switch over wasn't the XP look, it was the lack thereof. They had heard me talking of Linux and how it's stable, but I don't think that had much of an impact, even security didn't matter that much to them.
Once they saw my fluxbox and KDE desktops, they wanted copies of my install CDs. I don't think XP lookalikes will help much :P
 
Old 12-23-2003, 08:11 PM   #9
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I'm talking about the average joe user, not the person who looks to customize thier desktops. Many people are afraid of the unfamiliar, and if given both a comfortable looking OS and a Free OS... then I think we may have many more users.

I agree that many people are enticed by the customized look of linux, but they are not who I would consider Average Joe Users. Just my 2
 
Old 12-23-2003, 08:14 PM   #10
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Ive got a KVM switch and if i had an XP lookalike Desktop then it would be kinda confusing when i hit Ctrl 2 times, well maybe not, when windows crashes I would know.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 08:21 PM   #11
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nice one.... yet another hit to M$.

Just hope the theme doesnt come with any gremlins..
 
Old 12-23-2003, 08:37 PM   #12
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Actually, Average Joe User's going to be more disoriented by something that looks like an XP but doesn't quack like an XP.

Quote:
The flip side of the Rule of Least Surprise is to avoid making things superficially similar but really a little bit different. This is extremely treacherous because the seeming familiarity raises false expectations. It's often better to make things distinctly different than to make them almost the same.

-- Henry Spencer
At least initially. *After* they know things are different and have adjusted to that, I can see such an interface becoming *more* attractive. But I don't see it helping anyone make any transition in the first place.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 08:50 PM   #13
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but, if you look at the screeshots, to the average joe this will quack like XP. If you sat someone down at this desktop who was a casual user and had only simple tasks to perform (web, email,word processing) they would be none the wiser. Go to the control panel for this, go to the start menu for this, open the display properties for this.... just like in windows xp. It is only when they were upgrading thier hardware or adding programs to it that they would really notice the difference.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 08:57 PM   #14
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Well, I figured the confusion would arise when they stuck a CD in and tried to access anything on it or got a '/dev/dsp: device busy' when they wanted to play some tunes or got a 'permission denied' when they tried to read a file or on and on...
 
Old 12-23-2003, 09:02 PM   #15
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true, but with the cryptic nature of windows... i doubt they'd notice the change in verbage... but a very good point none-the-less
 
  


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