Lindows Review from a lindows user
Lindows is ok, I'm using ver 2.0 to type this right now. Its got its quirks, like its stupid "click and run". I first signed up for the insiders program last year. Ver 1.0 was a mess lots of bugs, and problems. This version is actually stable, and it has pretty good support for most hardware types. I really don't care for it cause I'm a freebsd fan at heart, but as far as the $100 goes its ok. I think its going to go for $125 in stores, but the problem with this distro is the "click and run". It requires you to pay for a $99 year subscription. With out click and run, you get no apps, zero, zip, nadda. No apps, no games, nothing. Its really ment for broadband users, since any app, game, package you want you have to download from the net. Also the shell, doesn't include bash, but you can install it. So would I recommend lindows? yes, but only to a non-linux user, that wants to get away from Bill's software. Its basically a really stripped down version of Debian, with kde 3 auto installed, and everything already configured. If you want an easy to install distro with everything already configured and chosen for you this would be a good distro. Another one similar to this one is Xandrios, but I'm not sure about the inner workings of that one. Xandrios is just like lindows, cept no "click and run" and it runs kde 2.2 not 3. Still at the $99 price mark though. Oh, and by the way it doesn't run even 5% of Bill's apps. It only runs Office (up to XP), and a handfull of other apps. I got a few Macromedia products to work, and some simple games, but nothing big. Of course it is just debian running a customized version of wine, so go figure.