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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2002 10:04 pm    Post subject: Lindows Reply with quote
Has anyone tried Lindows yet? I'm thinking of using it, but not sure if it's worth the purchuse.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2002 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Eh? What? Lindows. It sounds like some horrible assimilation of linux by Microsoft of Borg
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Lindows is a fantastic Linux Distrubution that has legacy support for Windows Applications built into it.

It was developed from the code base of WINE (A windows emulation program), but with the added bonus of having the code built into the base code, so no longer acting as a emulator.

It will quite happily run Microsoft Office 97 / 2000 / XP, IE 5, 6 aswell as many other products natively.

Find out more information at www.lindows.com

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hmm, I might see if my friend has heard about it / used it / has it, and if he has, I'll give it a try on his machine. You never know, I might even ditch windows forever
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Apparently it runs everything as root, for the Windows compatibility to work. I suppose it'll mean Windows users will be less confused, but they'll have a hard time convincing Linux/Unix users it's safe.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Really? Why would you need to be root to load up a Linux Application or Windows Applications?

I think that my not be strictly true

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
From http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t289-s2103759,00.html -

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For example, Lindows eliminates the familiar Linux (as well as Windows 2000, Windows XP and Mac OS X) notion of different users. Instead, the Lindows user does everything in the administrator mode, called "root" in Linux parlance, and running applications under other user accounts can cause problems.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I don't think I like that idea too much. It is too easy to screw things up when in root (or admin rights in win2k). Plus I like the idea of being able to stop some users from being able to access certain things.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2002 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I just read a review of Lindows, and it was terrible. It's apparently just a crappy distro of Linux which costs an arm and a leg
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2002 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm sure that with a lot of Linux distro's when first released are rubbish, take Red Hat for example, that really wasn't worth using until version 6.0.

You have to admit that it's a good starting point in getting Linux to more desktops. Imaging the money companies would save not having to port there In-House Software to run on another Platform and saving even more by removing the Licensing costs of Windows.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2002 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
jarrett, I quite honestly fail to see the point in reviewers. Unless a 'review' has come from a friend, or family member, I don't listen to them / read them. Reviews (obviously) don't know my personal tastes, and it might be that I quite like a piece of software / film (etc.) that they have panned, or vice versa.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2002 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It was a review in a PC magazine, so I trust them.

For example, it said that the system came with hardly any programs, and it had shortcuts to programs which didn't exist. And they said that Lindows are charging for an OS which is basically Linux with a few changes. And they even charge for the beta release!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2002 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
They only charge you for the software ... which all your really doing is paying for the distro in advance. Complete with manuals etc.

Also the lack of programs probably due to the fact that it was only Beta releases the mag's reviewed as the Final release only happened last week.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2002 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I still prefer to have someone i know tell me if they think it is good or not. I do read some reviews in 2 PC magazines, but sometimes I think they can be a bit harsh.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2002 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
apparently Wal-MArt are distributing their PC's with Lindows installed.
not that i'd ever Shop at ASDA for a computer.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/25734.html
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2002 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
if you wanted to use linux, why would you go for a distro thats trying to be like windows ?!

surely ppl use linux because it isnt windows
if u want windows, y not just use it in the first place!!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2002 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Unfortunately for us linux lovers most balisticly amazing programs are constructed for windows and a linux/windows morphing could be very interesting. You'd get the reliability, flexibility and customizability of linux together with windows programs.
Damn if this things developed properly you might even be able to run IE4, IE5 and IE6 together which would be a ball!!!! No more cross browser bullshit testing on 20 different machines
The day that i can use my beloved Homsite and Fireworks under Linux, i'll dump Windows and FORGET about it!
Obviously i think lindows will have to be given it's time to develop but finally someones taken up the challenge

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2002 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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You'd get the reliability, flexibility and customizability of linux together with windows programs.


So why not use Mac OS X then?

Running Office on Unix just makes me feel really smug inside.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2002 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
well if palladin hits the shelves in its current state then I'm sure Lindows will have an enormouse market when it does come out.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2002 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Cos Mac OS X implies using MAC and MAC is rather bollow

IMHO

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