. If you have been wanting to try Linux but the price and/or perceived complexity of a good commercial version was keeping you from it, then now might be the time for you to reconsider. Lindows and Xandros are among the easiest Linux distributions to install (far from the usual Debian indifference to newbies) and now the prices are within the reach of many more potential users.
Xandros and Lindows are Debian based versions of Linux.
. Xandros is the first product from a company that includes many of the team that created Corel Linux. They bought the Corel Linux code base from Corel and hammered on it for a year or so to make Xandros. Up to now, only the Deluxe edition was available for $100., but they recently released a Standard Edition* and are selling it for $40. +s/h. See the reviews on Distrowatch and ExtremeTech. For more reviews, google on: "xandros review" .
. *The Standard Edition does not include the ability to resize NTFS partitions and the Windows compatibility software from Codeweavers.
. Lindows has been around for awhile and it is now up to v.3.0. Lindows has also gotten some good reviews on ExtremeTech (click on the link above) and elsewhere - google on "lindows review" .
. Until now it has only been available in the full "Membership" version which was selling for $100., but now they have come out with a Basic edition for a more reasonable $50. (dowload version) or $60. for a boxed version. This is the same version that is installed OEM by several system integrators around the country and it has some limitations relative to the "full" . The Lindows site will point these out.
.-->> Be aware that the download version is only for those with high speed internet connections as Lindows is one or two full CDs worth of data.
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