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Old 12-27-2003, 07:23 PM   #1
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I've installed Xandros in 14 minutes!


I had three hdd's on my system.

1. WinXP
2. Files in FAT 32.
3. Spare hdd with Mandrake 9.2

I've purchased Xandros and I inserted CD into DVD player.
Started machine from CD.

Brief screen info, not detailed like Mandrake but it seems to be faster.

Nice NVIDIA screen.

Xandros asked me about two passwords and if I want erase WinXP
or preserve it. I still wanted XP! <g>

So... next 12 minutes and I've restarted machine.

When I got to desktop, I have found that I'm all ready on Internet!

I have a cheap and nasty router and ADSL!

NVIDIA drivers are installed correctly.

True Type fonts too!

Java installed as well!

All nice and sweet.

Also I thought that Xandros has deleted my Mandrake.

He didnít! And I can start Mandrake as well!

No a slightest comparison to Mandrake... arghhhhhh.... that NVIDIA
driver installation I've read here, that would be 3 hours just reading.

How about understanding what Iím reading!?

How about the real installation?

Now I can learn Linux. No need to hurry. Further explore and learn while working and using internet.

The first challenge would to install Quake 3 Arena to play on line.

Firstly I'm hoping to get some instructions from Xandros web site.

As a computer technician I have to say that I have never installed (Besides
ghosting!) any operating system so fast and without single glitch.

Belive me. I have installed thousand of time Windoze (from 3.11 to XP Pro.)

Thanks Tinkster to telling me about Xandros.

I'm total newbee about Linux.

Also... I'm not working for Xadros.

My configuration.

AMD XP 2500+ over clocked to 2800+
512 RAM
3 hdd's
Leadtek 5600 AGP card
VIA chipset on MSI mobo KT4 Ultra
Basic network adapter, Dynalink PCI
RAID controler on mobo
Leadtek TV card...
BroNet AKR-114 router
Pionieer DVD Player
Dynalink 56k modem

So far I didn't check for my TV card and I'm suspecting that will be a problem.

Anything else is working like a dream.

I've never seen an installation like that.

Iíve read that Lindows usually installs in a similar manner and I do believe that now.

My choice was Xandros Deluxe because I have to use some windoze proggies.

I thinkÖ thatís the way for Linux. No newsgroup, no commands, no BS.

One thing I donít like in Linux. Fonts, even True Type, in Mozilla or on desktop are not as crisp and nice like in Win XP.

The next stepÖ Adobe, Steinberg, Auto CADÖ Emagic,


I want you on my Linux!!!!!!!!

Old 12-27-2003, 08:50 PM   #2
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one of the guy's at my LUG was a hardcore xandros user for ages, but the cost was nothing to him (a windows based IT professional).

But, that was until he had a go at installing gentoo, now he doesn't use xandros at all.

I have heard that if all you want to do is have a linux install instead of a windows install, then xandros is great - don't know myself, never tried it.

If you've got mandrake in your system, then font's shouldn't be a problem, just go into the mandrake control centre>system>drakfont and get the window's font's. Works great for me - I've got everything in my system to default to tahoma - though you could also have a look at the "corefonts" package for xandros, but you will also need the cab extract installed first - once that's set up and sorted any of the MS only font's that you want, should be "copyable" from the windows install, IF you can surf to your windows font files in konqueror (or whatever).

Apart from that, well done, and stick with it.


Old 12-29-2003, 06:28 AM   #3
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After couple days my fun has ended. So now I have OS and my TV will not work on it. I've Installed MS Office XP and while it works somehow, fonts in Excel are looking crap and whole fonts in Linux are looking crap.

Office XP forced me to install IE 5.0 Works to some extend but crashed on me. Have to admit that IE display of Internet is still the best and fonts are looking correct, judging by what I can see in Linux, Mandrake or Xandros.

Mozilla doesn't display fonts correctly on my pages and on pages I know well.

All of this runs like Fred Flinstone machine, 20 years behind MS.

Installation was a breeze if compare with other distros but at the end of the day, when I want to have a fun, I'm still forced to use Win XP.

I'm not a great fan of Bill Gates, but Linux still has a lot to catching up with Windoze.

IMHO it's still a pain to work wil Linux and display of fonts really hurts!

I don't know eher is the problem but it really sux if the same fonts in li=nux are looking crap and in Windoze are magic.

I've paid a good money for good monitor to have nice display, because I read a lot. And in Linux is a pain!!!

Graphics are nice and highly configurable and whole thing looks promissing but when I switch back to Windoze... yeah... here I can do A LOT and looks so clear and crisp.

It's a fun to explore different OS but... that's it.

Catch up Linux!!! More is needed!!!

Much more!!!

Old 12-29-2003, 09:05 AM   #4
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oh Ye of little faith



p.s. If you want things easy, then windows is pretty good - one of the reason's that drivers for all things IT are written for windows first (and paid for in large amounts) - they're known as "vested interests".

with a fair bit of research and a little less "meddling" you should be able to get your "non-M$" operating system running and looking as good as anything "they've" produced - but it does take time to learn it.

Personally, I don't really have anything against Bill G, and it's fair to say that MS have done a lot to reduce the real cost of computers, peripheral's, etc - but in relative terms, they are still charging far too much for their products and they don't always want "the man in the street" to have the freedom's that can be had via open source/gpl/whatever you want to call them. But you have to work at it.



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