Review: Xandros Desktop 4.0

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Xandros Systems was so kind as to provide OSNews with the top of the line version of their product, which includes, among other things, complete copies of Versora Progression Desktop, CrossOver Office, and various non-Free drivers and utilities.

Xandros 4 comes with the following versions of common software packages:

Linux kernel 2.6.15;
X.org 6.9;
KDE 3.4.2 'Xandros Enhanced';
OpenOffice.org 2.0;
firefox 1.5;
Thunderbird 1.5.

Other interesting applications you usually do not see on Linux distributions are the already mentioned Versora Progression Desktop and CrossOver Office; besides these, Xandros 4 comes with Skype (with 30 SkypeOut minutes), RealPlayer, iPod compatibility (using Amarok), Xandros AntiVirus protection, and much more. The distribution's tagline is "The platform for your digital life". Xandros comes in clean packaging, reminiscent of Apple software. It also comes with a 400-page manual.

I installed Xandros 4 on a Dell Inspiron 6000, which has the following set of specifications:

Intel Pentium M 1.73Ghz;
512 MB-RAM;
Ati Radeon x300 with 128MB of dedicated RAM;
DVD writer;
Broadcom 4318 wireless chip.

Xandros 4 installed fine.

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