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Xandros Desktop OS, Version 3.0 Deluxe

Xandros Desktop OS, Version 3.0 Deluxe

I decided to include Xandros 3.0 here for a couple of reasons. One is that it isn't one of the big-name distributions. The second is that its commercial product comes with CrossOver Office preinstalled, making it easy to run a number of Windows applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, Quicken, Adobe Photoshop), should you have a need to do so. While Xandros offers a free distribution version, their commercial product does provide a number of additional products to simplify the switch from Windows to Linux for those who have more of an investment in their legacy operating system.

Let's take a look at the Xandros 3.0 Deluxe install. Start by putting your CD in the drive and rebooting your system. The initial boot screen is kind of nice, with a Xandros logo to the right (Xandros: Making Linux Work for You) and hardware and boot information showing up on the left. Eventually, the logo fades out, very dramatically, to be replaced by the rather classy-looking, graphical Xandros installation screen. There isn't much to do here other than clicking Next.


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