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Xandros CEO Hopes Free Windows Alternative Will "Replicate Like a Virus" Worldwide

Xandros CEO Hopes Free Windows Alternative Will "Replicate Like a Virus" Worldwide

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    "We want the Open Circulation version of the Xandros desktop to replicate like a virus," said Dr. Frederick H. Berenstein, Xandros chairman and CTO, as he announced yesterday the release of a new edition of the Xandros Desktop, www.xandros.com/products/home/desktopoc/dsk_oc_intro.html. ">downloadable at no charge from the Xandros Web site.

    Individuals can install the software for their personal use and pass it on to their friends through download mirror sites or by copying the installation CD.

    Berenstein continued: "Open computing is coming of age, and every desktop user should know that there's a full-featured Windows alternative out there, and they're going to love it!"

    The aim here, of course, is to plant the seed that the Xandros Desktop OS provides a Windows replacement for a global audience.

    "Many desktop users who toy with the idea of ditching Microsoft are not aware that switching to Linux means getting the best of both worlds," added Ming Poon, Xandros VP for software development. "They have a more stable OS, free of all the Windows viruses out there, and can still access all their Windows files and office documents. They also find out that the Xandros File Manager has an integrated CD Writer that is even simpler to use and yet more powerful than the one that comes with XP."

    According to Xandros, the Open Circulation Edition "provides a secure, stable Windows replacement with all the features the great majority of users need, including an office suite, Web browsing, e-mail, and multimedia facilities."

    Ming Poon notes in addition that Xandros is just a four-click install with automatic disk partitioning. Further features:

    • Dual-boot installation with Windows XP
    • Industry-leading hardware detection and configuration
    • Drag-and-drop CD burning in Xandros File Manager
    • Seamless file and print sharing on Windows networks

    One additional note: the Open Circulation license is strictly for non-commercial use and e-mail installation support is not included.

    "We wanted to give something back to the community -- not just to the kernel developers, KDE, OpenOffice.org and a myriad other projects, but also to the beta testers, reviewers, and thousands of users who have enthusiastically received and supported our products, said Stephen Harris, Xandros marketing director and community relations spokesman.

    Today, in a follow up to the release of the Open Circulation Edition, Xandros have also announced the availability of premium memberships to the Xandros Networks single-click update service and community store.

    Registered users of the Xandros Desktop Operating System automatically obtain a free Basic Membership to Xandros Networks, the company explains, to receive free fixes and patches for their version of Xandros Desktop OS, but the new Premium Membership will offer "instant access to the latest desktop Linux features and enhancements and guaranteed top discounts on version upgrades and third-party products and services."

    "What youre seeing is another element of our business model," says chairman Berenstein, who adds: "Just as our Open Circulation Edition is vastly expanding our user base, Premium Memberships to Xandros Networks will strengthen our core community and provide a more continuous revenue stream."

    "People like to talk about kernel numbers and version upgrades," adds Ming Poon, "but our desktop OS is improving all the time. Premium Members can now experience many new desktop features and application updates the minute they pass Xandros Quality Assurance. We also set up a special forum where Premium Members discuss future directions and in some cases vote on which features we should work on next."

    So in other words Xandros enthusiasts can participate in development decisions. In any one of the 51 languages, presumably - including Upper Sorbian we hope!

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    GoodForThem 06/10/04 05:48:15 AM EDT

    I am glad to see this happening - I wish all the luck to xandros and will recommend them to new users.

    I was always impressed with the corel linux -
    and always happy to see it in stores like target.

    I wish people would stop complaining - just don't use it if you have problems with anything they do - otherwise try it and if you like it send them some money.

    My hope is to see all these distro's make it because it enforces open standards so they can all talk to each other. I am sick of working with Microsoft - I would kill if our company standardized on Xandros or any other distro for that matter - Just get me off windows.

    Keep up the good work Xandros!!

    MsGeek 06/10/04 05:44:39 AM EDT

    Doesn't the new Debian Sarge installer make efforts like these irrelevant? From everything I've seen it's cute, graphical, holds your hand, and when you're done you have fully configured true Debian. Why mess with this or Linspire/Lindows when a friendly Debian seems to be right around the corner?

    anon 06/10/04 05:43:14 AM EDT

    I've been using Xandros Deluxe for a while (with CrossOver office) and it's great, but a recent change to their "Xandros Networks" system (a front-end to apt, but with "channels") means that you cannot download the latest version of a package until it has aged a bit. As an example, you can use apt-get to install gimp1.2, but gimp2 requires a "Premium Membership", which doesn't come with even the paid for versions - you must purchase this separately for nearly $40.

    I loved Xandros until this change. I don't mind paying for a distro, if it's good enough, but I don't appreciate them trying to gouge me with extra charges just to have the latest version of an open source program.

    I also am annoyed that their new Open Circulation version limits cd writing speed to the minimum. That is a stupid restriction. What is the point?

    bersl2 06/10/04 05:41:22 AM EDT

    "We want the Open Circulation version of the Xandros desktop to replicate like a virus," said Dr. Frederick H. Berenstein, Xandros chairman and CTO

    oh god, somebody's using the v-word again... I really wish that analogy would just die. It connotes too many negative ideas.

    jotaeleemeese 06/10/04 05:38:55 AM EDT

    Software is a comodity. You can't make money from software anymore.

    Xandros may be a very user friendly distribution (it is indeed, is what I am using to write this) but they gain absolutely nothing closing the source of some of their stuff. That business model is dead.

    Services, people, services is what will save the day.

    benmhall 06/10/04 05:36:51 AM EDT

    This free version doesn't have the integrated WINE (which was just a bundled CodeWeaver's CX Office/plugin.) The free version seems to just be the standard version with the CD burning crippled.