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Xandros Desktop Home Premium 4.0
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Description: The latest home version of the Xandros desktop; in the tradition of the company's previous offerings, it Just Works. Included are tweaked versions of AmaroK (as Music Manager) and digiKam (as PHOTOManager), which work out of the box ... but it's easy to find the standard versions if you prefer and use them instead. The user community on Xandros Forums is the "friendliest forum on the Net", and very helpful.

A great find for the windows refugee.


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Old 03-07-2007, 12:27 PM   #1
Keith19
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Distribution: Ubuntu. Knoppix. PCLinuxOS.
Posts: 5

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: Easy to use for Linux newbies.
Cons: Intrusive anti-virus software which has to be tamed.



Xandros. Build 2006-07-28-11.44. (Dec. 06) Downloaded as an ISO from the Internet, as a 30-day trial package. Installed OK, but could not find the USB mouse, so had to plug in a PS2 one, which it found OK on a reboot. Told it to install it's boot-loader into the MBR on hdb, which it did without problems. It booted OK from the already installed OSL Boot-loader. It found the Router and was out on the Internet within minutes of booting up, downloading updates, including Xandros SP1. There were loads of 'dpkg warning - unable to delete old file - xyz - directory not empty' etc., during installation of the updates, but the system rebooted and ran OK. Quite a fast system, easy to use, with a few annoyances, like a virus checker which is unhappy if it isn't allowed to do an hour or two of HDD checking every day, and a Firefox 'lite' browser tuned for Xandros, without a 'Options' menu item, where things like the default start page can be easily changed. After the 30-day trial period, the system has to be 'Activated' by paying around 50 for this Home Premium edition, otherwise the system and virus updates cease. The system is aimed at businesses primarily, I think, and offers a multitude of add-ons and options, for which even more money has to be produced. Quite a neat and slick system, but demanding in costs. The 'Activation' appears to be for only one year, after which you have to pay another year's activation subscription. Wiped this distro after the 30-day trial, after sending xandros an email explaining why. As a paid-for business distro, it's good if you can afford it. For the home user who doesn't want to pay out as much as a current Microsoft O/S, it's a loser. There's plenty of other good distros out there, for little cost or free.
 
Old 04-19-2007, 02:47 PM   #2
Vincent_Vega
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Distribution: Slackware & Arch
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: Great compatibility with MS Office & Citrix; Easy updates and package management
Cons: Must pay additional $ for special features like the CD Burner, etc.


Good for someone who wants MS compatibility, probably in an office evironment. You can "Ignore" the features of the security suite that you don't want to be bothered with, such as daily system scans, which I have set to weekly.
However, for someone who wants the full functionality of linux - not the option of paying to belong to the Xandros Network - and who is willing to learn, Xandros is not the distro for you! Out of the box, even after paying $79 to own the Home Desktop Premium Edition, I still don't get CD Burning software!!
But it's good for other people in the house who are scared of Linux and want that MS feel.
 
Old 05-22-2007, 07:27 PM   #3
mikeymouse
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Distribution: Xandros
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Pros: everything works
Cons: would be nice to have an update once in a while.


Of all the different linux systems i have tried Xandros is the only one that everything works. All the programs i require are there and i have never had a problem. If you want a Linux operating system that works Xandros is it.
 
Old 09-11-2007, 12:49 PM   #4
masinick
 
Registered: Apr 2002
Distribution: Debian, sidux, antiX, SimplyMEPIS, Kubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, Xandros, Arch, and many others
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Trivial installation, great Windows interoperability
Cons: Proprietary file manager


Xandros, regardless if which version you choose to use, will always provide you with a very easy installation, good to excellent integration with Windows servers, a consistent interface and easy update mechanism.

The only area I question is both a strength and a weakness. The file manager, originally the Konqueror File and Web Browser, has been rewritten to have tighter Windows integration and consistency with the Xandros desktop. I have to question why this wasn't just taken from Konqueror and extended as needed, then given back to the Konqueror project. It seems to me that you can achieve very similar functionality using standard tools automatically configured.

That said, Xandros is a fine implementation and it gets the job done. For those coming from using Windows and not having previous UNIX or Linux desktop experience, this distribution is near perfect.
 
Old 09-29-2007, 12:47 PM   #5
ps_sabu
 
Registered: Nov 2006
Distribution: Ubuntu 12.10, Ultimate Edition 3.5, OZ Unity 3.0 Black Opal
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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 1

Pros: Nothing
Cons: Everything


Run away from it as fast as u can
 
Old 01-28-2008, 06:24 AM   #6
Alex2008
 
Registered: Jan 2008
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Xandros Desktop Home Edition 4.0 isn't without its little problems here and there, but as far as desktop operating systems go, it's the most complete one I've ever used. Very little has to be done to modify it to do practically anything you need a desktop OS to do, and those few procedures that have to be done are quick and simple. Adding new software and updating the programs you already have is easy and accomplished through a single, simple management framework. The menus aren't clogged with superfluous options and multiple programs for common tasks, and in general everything is very easy to use if you're a Windows refugee. Current GNU/Linux or *BSD users probably won't have much of a reason to switch to Xandros, however.

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Dictionaries & Thesauruses
 
Old 06-20-2008, 04:14 PM   #7
sambreyer
 
Registered: Jun 2008
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Pros: Works out of the box, clean easy installation
Cons: Wish the Open Circulation edition was updated


Xandros was one of the first I tried myself. The installation was so far ahead of everything else I tried I was impressed to say the least. I quit using it when I couldn't seem to get the Open Circulation edition to get updates. If you were someone that wanted to break into the Linux scene this is the distro to do it if you don't mind paying the support fee. It seems to be the best I've ever used. The only other one as good as Xandros in ease of installation for me was Freespire. Used it after Xandros until the Linspire had business problems and it seemed like all forward movement had stopped. If Freespire gets the show rolling again, they could be the best all around distro again. I'm having trouble finding a replacement for them at the moment. All in all, Xandros is a great home or office distribution.
 
Old 08-27-2008, 06:06 AM   #8
oneup
 
Registered: Jun 2005
Distribution: xandros 4 home premium.ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04,debian etch,
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Pros: it just works out of the box,almost everything you need
Cons: apps are not updated quickly enough


I paid 45.00 inc. postage from linuxemporium,and no you don't need to pay again after a year,came with good instruction book and CDs,I try other distros but always come back to Xandros,I can't wait for xandros 5,there is a version without user manual for around 18.00 to 20.00 !
Its ideal for anyone to use and they don't need to be a geek,wireless is very easy to connect to !Allround the very best Linux for everyday use !
 
Old 02-10-2010, 01:19 PM   #9
Frank616
 
Registered: Dec 2004
Distribution: Kubuntu, Fedora
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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5

Pros: Easy to use
Cons: No longer in development


I used Xandros from version 1.0 on up to 4.0. Excellent product, and its Windows samba integration is seamless. It got me into Linux, and their user forum was a great place to be.

Version 4.0 was slow out the door, and nothing more has appeared since. The Xandros forum is pretty much a ghost town these days. Xandros has turned its attention to the OEM market, and I have seen no further development of the distro since 4.0 was released in 2007

It was great. Mepis, Ubuntu/Kubuntu, Mint are probably better newbie distros these days.
 
Old 03-25-2010, 11:15 AM   #10
falkengeist
 
Registered: May 2008
Distribution: Xandros
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Xandros will have no further releases of their desktop according to the sales department.
 




  



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