Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10
Good package selection (thanks to knoppix?), XFCE 4.2, Fast. Easy to use.
some slight issues regarding themes and display corruption (Although this is probably my fault), requires some tinkering for a HDD installation.
I have tried many linux distros on my ageing pentium II 266, but this has to be the best by far.
The appeal of XFLD is really the speed. KDE and gnome are bloated, and my poor PII chokes on these, despite (for its age) a fair amount of RAM (192MB). To add further problems into the works, it is also on a wireless lan. After trying settling on mandrake for 3 or 4 months (the fastest distro i could find in my newbieness), I decided to hunt for another distro, and so on until i arrived at this nice distro.
The main hurdles i thought i would get were the installation and configuration of my wireless NIC, especially because of the 2.4 kernel. This was far from the case. This is the first distro I have ever used to have recognised my card straight away, and all without using the shell! Firmware was already present and correct, and this again saved time. Then again, I have never tried Knoppix.
The other thing which threw me was the speed, even from the CD. Most other live cds I have tested have been slow. With XFLD this was simply not the case, mostly due to the use of XFCE; which I must admit is very nice, graphically and ease of use wise. The only slight downside here is the depth of the included settings panel isn't as comprehensive as KDE's, but it does do the job.
I really didn't think that i would be installing XFLD, and their (os-cillation's) website pointed to Knoppix's for HDD installation. Luckily, Knoppix's install script was included, although the warning at the beginning was just a little scary for my liking. Other than that, it was fine. Obviously, being debian based, there is a huge repository of downloadable packages as well. Apt worked fine for me, anyway.
One slight problem with this distro i found was that certain themes (one or two) corrupted the display. I think this is probably due to a problem with hardware on my machine; and it shouldn't be enough to put you off this distro, as a quick ctrl + alt + backspace removes this problem.
Although all this appears to be is Knoppix with XFCE, it must be said that this is a great distro for older machines; and new alike. The sheer ease of use and in my opinion sheer polish, whether done by the knoppix team (as i suspect) or the XFLD team, this is well worth a try and a CDr. Maybe I am still in sheer amazement over the exceptional hardware detection and am over-hyping, but I certainly can't recommend this enough.