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Xandros Desktop Professional

3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • 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

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Linux
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • 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.
  • 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  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,611 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By nagappa
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still Falls Short February 11, 2008
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product November 14, 2007
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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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By Tbommy
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I purchased this as a replacement for 98se and it installed well, but that is about all I can say for it. Functionally works nice for the Internet most of the time although problems with the system make for troublesome anoyances like crashes - just like 98se. Yah, I know some of the reviews say this is a stable system but out of the box its not even close. Applications don't always open and can crash without warning. If the screen saver activates sometimes the only way to get the system to work again is to re-boot.

The there in the lack of hardware compatability. If your printer is ten years old and made by HP you have a chance it will work. If it is a current model and you want to print images you can just forget it since software for this distro is practiclly non-existant. Beyond basic text printing, I wish you luck.

As for software? It does comes with a decent office program as well as a suposably good imaging program but since I can not get a really good print I have not wasted my time exploring it. It also includes CrossOver which lets you run Windows programs. And while I got PS to work it is real clunky and slow.

It come with two disks, one with the OS on it and one with additional software. The software disk would be nice if all the software would load. However when you go to install it Xandros hooks up to the web for assistance which is all well and good except about a third of the Apps did not install because of errors. I did not try to get assitance as this is supposed to be a PROFFESIONAL edition and I should not have to.

So bottom line is that this is a pretty good copy of Windows 98se -crashes alot and makes you spend hours screwing with it to get it right(which it still is not). If working on your computer is fun I say go for it.
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