I wanted to try Linux XP 2008, but on their English language site, the links to download and buy do not work. Eventually I found a torrent file of the International DVD, and downloaded it, from ftp://downloads.linux-xp.com/pub/linux-xp/desktop/2008/
which also has a DVD ISO file.
I got the file okay but when trying to install it, with only 6 minutes remaining it stops with an error message, and the only option is to reboot and start all over again.
I checked the md5sum of the download with the one on the Linux XP site and it matches okay.
I have so far only tried installing Linux XP 2008 in a virtual machine, using Virtual Box 2 on Ubuntu. But if it fails in Virtual Box then surely it will fail for real?
My reason for testing Linux XP is because of a friend of a friend, who was used to using Windows XP, but has bought a second-hand PC with Linux installed (Mint) but is finding it hard to get used to as things look different. I wanted to suggest to him Linux XP, but if it does not work then obviously there will be no point.
I also tried the Look XP project, http://sourceforge.net/projects/lxp
, and downloaded the necessary files and dependencies, and tried installing that into a virtual machine of Ubuntu 8.10. I have the option of Look XP in the session menu, but when I select it, the session logs out immediately with an error message saying the session lasted less than 10 seconds.
Has anyone here had any success with using Linux XP or Look XP? Or are there other solutions to making a Linux distro look like XP? I am sure I have seen pictures online of Linux looking like XP, but cannot remember where or what software/themes, etc. were used.
Personally I prefer the look of something like Ubuntu, but for people used to using Windows XP, they will find it easier to use Linux if it at least looks like XP. Some of these people are people who do not want to upgrade to Vista, and nor do they want the virus and spyware problems of Windows XP, so they want to use Linux.
The friend of a friend in question is in his 70s, so any drastic changes in how the software looks is bound to be hard to adjust to, hence the need to have something looking like XP. Of course, for older people, if we can get them onto Linux first, then they do not need to have it looking like XP.