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The Open Circulation Edition is a limited version of Xandros Desktop OS that can be download at no charge and freely distributed to others. It is strictly for non-commercial use, and no e-mail installation support is included.
It includes all the easy-to-use features of the Xandros Desktop OS Standard, Deluxe and Business editions, including four-click install with automatic disk partitioning, industry-leading hardware detection and configuration, seamless file and print sharing on Windows networks, and drag-and-drop CD burning in Xandros File Manager.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 7
Slick and easy install, Great "out of the box" feel and appearance. GREAT! for newbies
Lack of development tools, not good for a power user
I'm giving this distro a 7 but that's a bit deceptive. For a newbie or windows user I would rate this a 10. It's easier to install than any other distro I have tried. Install this thing and everything "just works". It includes Opera in the install, and uses KDE as the default, and in fact only, window manager. This of course is good for a newbie as, KDE is remarkably windows like, and the learning curve is quite short. It includes splash screens to hide all the workings during boot and shutdown. I find that this is a good thing for the average windows user, as they often get apprehensive, watching Linux go through it's boot sequence. The Xandros Networks software repository is great. Click on any piece of software and it downloads and installs with no effort required, and everything will be in the launch menu. This is GREAT stuff.
My absolute favorite part of this distro is Xandros File Manager. This thing is incredible I give it an 11 on a 1 to 10 scale. I mean it I love this thing. Anyone who has used windows alot will agree that, Windows Explorer is the one tool in windows that works well. You can do almost anything in windows from explorer. Well, think of XFM as Explorer on steroids. With this tool you literally don't need a command line. It really is that good.
Now, for a power user I have to rate this about a 3. Yes with some dedication you could get this thing rocking, it is after all debian based, but out of the box a power user would be very unimpressed. Development tools are sorely lacking although a number of them can be downloaded for Xandros Networks. To get GTK tools you'll have to get the Gimp, this makes the Gimp about 40 megs to download but well worth it.
I really want to like this distro, but it's failings are too many for me. It has however become my distro of choice for installing on computers for others. If you want a distro for your Grandma/Mom/insert windows user, here it is. Otherwise I suggest looking elsewhere.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10
Great for newbies, and it's a very comprehensive free intro.
I started with Corel, many years ago, and loved it; so, I have a soft spot for Xandros. Xandros has everything a Windows user would want (see NoxVampyre's review above). This free trial is great.
As far as something for power users, I found this incredibly fun. I downloaded Xandros Trial, and put it in my "new OS to play with" partition. I experimented, and found that I could install Macromedia Dreamweaver with the Xandros Windows emulation software (I think they have an arrangement with CodeWeavers, who produces a wine on steroids thingy). It would only work for 30 days*, which was fine. A Windows friend of mine loaned it to me, stating that I would throw Linux, quanta, screem, nvu, and bluefish out the door once I'd experienced the supposedly marvelous Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver's bloated crap, I thought. Anyway, I added Debian Sid repositories to the Xandros's source list, and proceeded to create a weird frankenstein OS by mating the child with the grandfather distro. Delicious fun.
*a trial -- though the actual Xandros release has CodeWeavers stuff there permanently.