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Distribution: Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 7
It recognizes all my hardware and boots from the first try without any problem
It takes a lot to load, and it feels kind of heavy comparing to other live CDs
I want to thank OS News (www.osnews.com) and Lindows because I was benefit with a free download of LindowsOS 4.5 Developer Edition (with includes LindowsLive! 4.5 CD), which makes this review possible.
I have to say that LindowsLive! works as promised, it gets the job done. Its only problem is that there are better live CDs for free.
It seems like a trend to have a live CD based on your favorite distribution (being it Linux, BSD, or anything else). They are very helpful indeed to work on the road, to make diagnostics or repair broken hardware or software installations, troubleshooting, or simply introduce your friends to the world of Linux. It is like a good old DOS boot disk.
I like the overall look and feel of Lindows, it does resemble Windows but it is definitely Linux. The control panel is easy to use and very user friendly; it is not as complete as SUSE's but better than Knoppix's. Everything is there, from OpenOffice.org, RealPlayer, some games, PDF reader, to XMMS (Winamp like application). It recognizes all of my hardware including on-board sound, video cards and the monitors refresh rates, the only think that didn't work out of the box was printing to my HP LaserJet through my router's LPD Print Server, but it was fairly easy to configure; and my HP OfficeJet (all-in-one USB), that didn't work at all. I want to point out that there are Linux drivers for the OfficeJet but you can't install anything on a live CD. I was able to read from my FAT32 partitions, but not from the NTFS ones. I did not try to use my modem since there was no fax application included (I don't use it to connect to the Internet) but it was correctly listed on the hardware profile. Also I didn't try to burn a CD since I only have one optical drive installed, but it seems to work just as the modem.
The problem with Lindows is that it takes a lot to load, even more than SUSE LINUX Live-Eval. And when it finally loads its kind of slow, the interface feels heavy comparing to other live CDs.
Lindows is based on Debian, just like Knoppix. I would recommend the later if you are looking for a good general purpose live CD, because it is damn fast, also because you can install it to your hard drive using a script (this is specially useful for Linux newbies). And it's free.
I do recommend LindowsLive! if you are planning to buy and install LindowsOS because it would be a cheaper way to make sure that it works well with your hardware, and whether you like it or not. It would be the same as paying for a complete check/verification on a used car before you buy it, it can save you a headache later on, and it's worth the money.
My review machines were:
1) Celeron 700MHz
VIA Apollo Pro133A
TNT2 Vanta PCI
US Robotics WinModem
20GB HD (system partition NTFS)
10GB HD (data partition FAT32)
2) Athlon 900MHz
VIA Apollo KT133
TNT2 M64 AGP
20GB HD (system partition NTFS)
30GB HD (data partition FAT32)
3) AthlonXP 1800+ (1.53GHz)
VIA Apollo KT400 chipset
GeForce2 GTS AGP
40GB HD (boot partition Ext3, swap partition LinuxSwap, system partition Ext3, system partition NTFS, data partition FAT32)