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I've been looking through there screenshots and am somewhat confused about what this product is intended to be. It appears to set itself out (on it's apparently well designed website) as a slick business distribution, yet looking at the screenshots we are presented with something that doesn't even appear to suggest it's not mimicing XP as much as possible (breach of copyright anyone?). In contrary to this attempt at looking like XP, it is clear that the theme that has ben set as a default has not even been finished to any commerical level. The vertical scrollbars just stop instantly, the corners of frames have clearly broken lines, the maximize / minimize / close buttons don't even have the consistent background of the title bars, the unfocused title bars are illegible. personally i've not seen a GPLed theme on freshmeat as bitty as this, yet this is apparently a streamlined buisness desktop? I'd be grateful if any representatives from Linare could confirm my hopes that these are screenshots from a very early beta release, which have just not yet been updated. I have no idea what it's like to actually use, but first impressions don't look good.
Ita s special distro designed with subliminal messaging in mind by Microsoft. Their goal is to get you accustomed to the XP look and feel if are not already. By doing so you can migrate to Windows XP with this distro with greater ease.
I think differently to you all in that case. I think in many ways it is good for some distros to be virtual clones of Windows. You can't deny that a newbie trying out this distro is going to feel more at home than with say Slackware. Mandrake may not be everyone's cup-of-tea but after giving it a go I realised that Linux had a chance of prising ( <- is that a real word) users away from Windows. If you stuck the average XP users in front of Debian with Afterstep as Xwindows' window manager I think you would put them off, but stick them in front of this and they'll be penguinated in no time.
I don't know Linare's opinion on giving away their software, but I am a freelance tech writer with connections to several high traffic websites that would want to publish a review of Linare it if I were to get my hands on a copy. I would use it only for the purposes of review, and it would off my computer within a week of publication.
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Tarential - If you "don't know Linare's opinion on giving away their software", maybe you should just contact them. Your intentions may be legit but as a member since Feb 2003, you should know that advertising is not permitted in the forums. Your post clearly seems to be a job solicitation, and thus has been reported. If you are interested in publishing a review of Linare, and/or obtaining a copy of their software, my recommendation would be for you to contact them directly. As a journalist you should know that. -- J.W.