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Xandros Desktop Professional

Platform : Linux
3.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Xandros runs important Windows applications including MS Office
  • Create, open and edit MS Office files with Openoffice.org
  • Powerful Security - Included firewall, anti-virus, file-system protector and Xandros Networks update alert
  • Authenticate to Windows PDC and Active Directory Domains
  • Connect to wired and wireless networks; use PPTP VPN to connect remotely to the office
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Product Description

Xandros Desktop - Professional is a complete Linux desktop operating system and applications suite that today's business needs to securely work, communicate, network and remain competitive. Discover how easily your business can benefit from Linux and bring security, stability and manageability to your PCs. Manageability, productivity, security, connectivity and value... Xandros Desktop - Professional has it all. Broadband wireless connectivity with 3G, GSM and UMTS support

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B000NLFR0E
  • Item model number: DSKB400NAEN-M
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,070 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Xandros Desktop is a Debian based Linux distribution which is intended for business users. As such, it is stripped off the usual "geek-ware" found in most Linux distributions but includes applications most commonly used by business users, including OpenOffice (a full featured office suite which is file compatible with MS Office) and Code Weaver Crossover Linux, which actually lets you run your MS Office and other Windows applications natively!

I have been using Linux since 1997 and have used many flavors and distributions, including Red Hat, Slackware, Mandrake and Caldera OpenLinux.

Xandros 4.1 Desktop (Open Circulation Edition) was by far the easiest to install. It installed painlessly on my Toshiba Satellite P100 laptop and spared me of the usual trick questions during installation. It recognized my Window XP installation, resized the Windows NTFS partition painlessly and installed its own boot manager - allowing me to dual boot with Windows XP. (Xandros also supports dual booting with Vista, and the information is in the website FAQ). I was quite pleased with its plug-n-play capability. It even recognized my Targus PA095 port replicator, and allowed me to use an external keyboard and mouse connected to the port replicator.

The only problem I had with my installation was the sound did not work on my Toshiba Satellite P100. I found that the problem was with Toshiba's Differentiated System Description Table (DSDT) in the BIOS. Detailed steps to fix this are posted in the Xandros user forums under the Sound category. Now, with sound working, I am able to enjoy DVD movies and listening to CDs.

If you are a Linux geek, or a quasi Linux-geek like me, then all the geek-ware you need like C/C++ Development environment, Linux source code, KDE Dev tools, etc.
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If what you want is a Windows-like experience from Linux, then this distribution will only get you part of the way there.

Good (Specific to Xandros):
-Easy installation
-Desktop is much like Windows, and offers some nice extras
-Comes with some applications which install with a button-push

Bad (Specific to Xandros):
-Poor audio hardware support
-Extremely poor technical support from Xandros

Good (Shared by all Linuxes):
-Freedom from MicroSoft and Apple
-Stable operating system

Bad (Shared by all Linuxes):
-Application installation is still needlessly complicated

Xandros may meet your needs if you're already a Linux-type who wants to tinker with the innards of the system, but I would suggest trying something else if you need a Windows replacement for average users.
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Installed without a hitch on its own hard drive. Recognized all hardware and internet connections. Partitioned hard disk. User manual excellent. Downloading applications through Xandros Networks is a snap. Installation or removal of applications is easy. Technical support has been fast and excellent. My only minor gripe is that Networks needs to make available most recent versions of KDE and OpenOffice products. Also, despite excellent tech support, can not get KOffice applications to open. Other KDE products, such as Kmail, KPIM, Konqueror work fine.

Dual boot software for Xandros and Windows works well. I am having fun learning Linux, although a bit of a challenge to me. File management utility takes a little learning. I have not yet tried all the applications, like video playing, photo downloads, disk burning, music, Crossover, so my limited experience to date allows only for a 4-star rating. Have used product for two months.
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If you are like me and find that a wireless network connection is imperative, then don't bother with Xandros "Pro". There's a lot of software in here, but any "Pro" OS worth its salt should be able to offer fairly effortless wireless connectivity, imo.

There might be some wireless network adapters which work with Xandros without mind-boggling installation/configuration steps, but mine wasn't one of them. If you are a Linux expert and you have the time to figure out how to get it to work, or if you don't ever plan to use wireless connections, then there are some other downsides to Xandros, but I'm not going to go into those details. They seemed minor to me relative to the show-stopper.

At around the same time as I bought this product (July 2008), I had also downloaded Mandriva Spring 2008 and Ubuntu Hardy Heron. These other two FREE distros had the working driver built into their kernels so that I had only minor tweaking to get my wireless network connection up and running. Thus, I could get this critical functionality for free from other distros.

I checked out the Intel site for Linux drivers for my Intel wireless network adapter (intellinuxwireless.org). There's a 'driver', and 'readme' file with instructions on the download page. However, I don't know very much about Linux - and I don't think I should have to know that level of detail about Linux. I couldn't easily figure out what the instructions meant, and how to do each step. Expecting Linux newbies to figure this out is a fatal mistake by these Xandros manufacturers/distributors, at least for this version of the product. Possibly a newer release has fixed the problem

Essential things like network connectivity should just work out-of-the-box.

This was a waste of ~$105 (including shipping)

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