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Pros and Cons of Xandros

I recently installed Xandros to an older computer and loved the interface.  Since it was a play computer, I have a copy of Windows XP that I also installed.  I upgraded to a newer system and reinstalled windows and during the install, added two partitions, and put Xandros on one of the partitions.  Xandros installed and the boot manager worked perfectly.  No problems or issues and I was able to dual boot flawlessly.  I downloaded Linspire and installed it to the 3rd partition and its boot manager didn't recognized Xandros but had no problems with Windows.  To play around, I uninstalled and reinstalled Xandros to its original partion and it recognized both Linspire and Windows xp with no problems.  I have been booting all 3 with no problems at all.  

Now to my question.  

I noticed that Xandros does not seem to have much of a following or at least is not talked about as much on sites other than forums.xandros.com.  I did a word search in Experts Exchange for the past year and the word Xandros came up only 3 times.   It is not a featured distro that I could find on linuxiso.org either.

For a linux that has worked so well for me, my questions is "why isn't it more popular?  Are their issues I need to know about before I put a lot of faith in the Xandros distribution?  I haven't done much else  with it because I have been going through distributions for awhile but have taken a liking to it so far and it's applications.  Thanks.
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slyongCommented:
Hi,

Have a look at http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=xandros.  I have used Xandros before and it is quite good.  However, I stopped using it due to the fact that I need to test compatibility with the software I write for Fedora libraries, thus I switch.

I would think that if you are using it for some day to day office work, it is a good distro.
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rindiCommented:
The reason xandros isn't that popular among linux users is that it is a commercial product, like linspire too. Being commercial they will have some legacy software builtin, and they probably also have their own user support department. The proper linux distro's that aren't commercial usually don't have much user support, so you need online communities to get help.
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mwnnjCommented:
that's not quite true ,cuz xandros is commercial only for business users ,for the norma/comman user it's free of charge.
the Xandros is based on the debian kernel ,so it's like knoppix one of the debian 'derivates'.
its interface is developed so the windows users ,can go easily to linux distros;xandros is quite easy to be used ,but if you really need to learn linux or debian ,then forget about Xandros;cuz the main feature of Xandros :: is it's crossoffice , which actually a professional/commercial version of wine is(you can use it as a common /non business user freely);with crossoffice you get the chance to go furthur using windows based software on linux platform....
using the crossover office you can install anykind windows based software really easy and the packet management of Xandros is so simplified that you cannot understand the whole debian philosophy of the packet management any more...
so,these are the main pros and cons:
-pros:windows users can go furthur with a free software,with the option to install anykind of windows based software
-cons:this debian derivate is not ineresting for the most of the real linuxer's, cuz its really a lite-debian version;
if you want to learn linux ;better try out :debian sid/etch or slackware ;or the more easier distributions ,which are splendid:mandriva,openSuse,fedora;or the BSD products,like freeBSD.

Nice time!
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nedvisCommented:
I'm happy Xandros Desktop 2.0 Business Edition user ( almost two years) and Xadros Desktop 3.o Open Circulation Edition ( OCE) ( one year).
And this is why:
1- Xadros somewhat conservative approach to installed packages is acctually Xadros developers rule #1 and that's  "use just thoroughly tested and stable software versions" .
2 - Although Debian based distribution ( with largest number of available packages) Xandros is also very proprietary by means of Xandros KDE customisations , Xandros developed shel scripts etc. but that's where Xandros excells: It simply runs out of the box.
3- Xandros Linux is business workstation powerhouse since it's easy to deploy, administer and manage ( very important in lowering TCO - total cost of ownership- and corporate IT department expenses ). With addition of latest Xadros Server OS ( Xandros Server Wins Best Integration Solution Product Excellence Award at LinuxWorld Boston, 2006) Linux based computing developed by Canadian company seems to be viable solution for many enterprises and small business alike.
4- Xadros Linux perfectly integrates in existing Windows server based corporate LAN since it has support for Active Directory and Windows authentication. Home user will find Xadros Konqueror
networking on par with Windows Network Neighbourhood so sharing and exchanging files between Xadros nad Windows computers is "click and point" operation.
5- Konqueror in built CD-DVD burning is awesome: just drag and drop files you want to save to your CD-R and CD-RW.
6- With a little help from Xandros community and their well crafted how-to Xandros can be
evn good multimedia system on faster CPU boxes.
7- Xandros runs well on latest hardware as it's very good on legacy machines ( Pentium II  generation CPU). I have installed Xandros on dosens of abandoned PC boxes ranging from Pentium I 233 MHz to dual Pentium III 933 MHz (Tualatin) which is my favourite workstation.
8- Although price Xandros user have to pay for Business and De Luxe editions ( 79-129 USD )
seems to be little bit high the overall software and applications quality included in Xandros Linux distribution will justify it ( standalone StarOffice or Crossover Office included in DeLuxe and BE would cost you 50% Xandros box price tag)
9 - Xandros is not for Linux geeks that's true as the true is that it's clearly targeted to people who simply want their job - done, be it wordprocessing, internet browsing, busines presentations creations, interoperability with other platforms and so on. No more, no less ! Attributes like "distro for Linux beginners"  or  " easy to install Linux" does not necessarily have negative meanings.
10 - Is that lack of agressive advertising or something else that makes Xandros "second tier" Linux distribution  is beyond my expertise. Anyway,  shelves in nearby computer shops loaded with Xandros shrinkwrapped boxes  are cleared very quickly. Curently # 21 at distrowatch.com (number of hits per page) and listed in Top 10 Linux distributions Xandros still gains some traction among 378 active Linux distributions worldwide.

nedvis
 
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mwnnjCommented:
very nice walkthrough!
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nedvisCommented:
Blagodaram Krasen !

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mwnnjCommented:
;) Blagodaria ,Nedeljko !
So to you all and to bd1sau,
i was able to visit LinuxTag 2006 for a just one day ;it was on Thursday, the 04.05.2006;the only i can say is:it was a splendid conference!
So, and there was an Info Point of Xandros ,so i got an originally pressed CD of the newer version on Xandros Desktop OS 3.1 German edition;not quite sure ,which version of all(Standard,Deluxe,SurfSide) this should be:
http://www.xandros.com/products/home/products_home.html ,but the Xandros' man stated,that i could use the Desktop OS free of charge;checking out the website i'm really stumped regarding this all kind of legal issues and tryal periods,i think i might install this version ,which i gained on CD and will test all kind of software ,especially the CodeWeavers CrossOver Office 5.0!

Nice time to you all!
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rindiCommented:
I don't know but you will probably have to register software like crossover etc. Normally what you have on such a CD would be trial versions, and when you want to use it you'll have to pay for these. I don't think codeweavers (and the other commercial titles that are on that CD) will be happy to give the software out to be used for free indefinitely.
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bd1saulAuthor Commented:
I have learned so much since I posted this question and wanted to add a few things.  There is a poscast for new linux users called linux reality.  The guy starts from the basics and works his way up so if you are new to linux, you ought to check it out.  Since the post above, I have installed 3 distros of linux to my windows xp machine.  I have Suse 10.1, Xandros, and PCLINUXOS.  What I have found is the Xandros boot loader is superior to all others I have tried for newbie use.  I installed Suse and it would dual boot windows but didn't recognize the other linux operating systems.  PCLINUXOS was the same.  I reinstalled Xandros and now I can boot all 3 versions of linux as well as XP.  It has been a joy.
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mwnnjCommented:
Fine, have fun;note that the rindi's comment is evry reasonable,the funny thing is :
on my version during the installation the dialog states that it's commpletely free...just try it out ;i'm aware of the fact that only business users should pay for sure...

Nice time!
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