Xandros Desktop Professional
- 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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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.
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Good (Specific to Xandros):
-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.
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.
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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This thing was peculiar 10 years ago when it first appeared, and today it is simply not even worth considerations. Get something nice like new Ubuntu, Fedora, Centos etc. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by Alex Vox
After evaluating many Linux distributions for my employer and for use at home, this is the only one that I found to be user friendly enough to recommend. Read morePublished on May 2, 2008 by Chuck
I purchased this as a replacement for 98se and it installed well, but that is about all I can say for it. Read morePublished on March 10, 2008 by Tbommy
I have been using Linux several years now at both work and home. I highly recommend Xandros if you do not want to pay the high price for MS Windows. Read morePublished on November 4, 2007 by MiGRodz