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hey, (to pre-empt the question) i've done a search for this topic, and haven't found much useful, so i would appreciate any input.
my fiance's brother (who got me hooked on linux) just sent me some info about ximian desktop. it looks terrific and i'm considering trying it; but i have some questions.
the way i understand the various desktops (gnome, kde, windowmaker, etc) work is that they simply provide the user with a different interface for the system. therefore, i won't lose access to my existing programs.
however, in a couple of threads, i read that ximian comes with its own applications (e.g., it has its own web browser), which would tend to be duplicative of the browser (firefox) that i use right now.
1. am i correct about my understanding of what the ximian desktop is and how it will affect my access to my programs?
2. can anyone share some useful experience and tell me if using ximian makes sense for a newb who is just trying to escape the evil clutches of micro$oft?
thanks for any thoughts.
btw, it looks as though novell now has included support for mandrake.
Ximian Desktop is a Gnome based desktop. When you install it, it removes a number of files and replaces the with it's own version. From my (a long time ago) limited use of it it works very well, looks good and has a nice automated update system - Red Carpet.
If you like Gnome, don't mind having automated installs, go for it.
from my experience (little that I have), I didn't notice anything missing, and you always can find your apps and run them as long as it is gnome compatible. Which is about everything; Best advice is to download and try, don't like it reinstall your original environment