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Xandros Presto promises yet another instant-on Linux experience

Xandros isn't a new name in netbook oeprating systems. After all, it was their OS that first appeared on Asus' category-defining EeePC. What next? Why, instant-on, of course! Called Presto, the new OS will be joining other options like JoliCloud, Moblin, gOS Cloud, and Phoenix Hyperspace. As is the case with competing products, the goal is to provide a fast-booting desktop experience that...

Xandros buys Linspire

Xandros isn't exactly a household name, but the little Linux distribution struck it big (well, biggish anyway) last year when Asus decided to slap a customized version of the operating system on its uber-popular Eee PC laptop lineup. And now Xandros appears to be flexing its muscles a bit. The company this week announced that it has purchased Linspire, the company behind the Linspire and...

Emulate the OLPC or Eee PC operating systems in Ubuntu

Say you're intensely curious about the stripped down, customized versions of Linux that are running on the tiny laptops like the Asus Eee PC or Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC project, but you don't feel like spending $400 to pick up a new toy that you might never use. As luck would have it, there are (relatively) easy ways to emulate both the OLPC's Sugar OS and the Eee PC's "easy mode" Xandros...

Eee PC Tips: A crash course in Linux

So you're an early adopter and you've run out to buy yourself Asus's $400 Eee PC because it seemed like a great price for a fully functional 2 pound computer that's about the size of a typical hardcover book (and far smaller than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). But the innovative easy to use interface might get old pretty quickly if you want to do more than surf the web and create letters,...

Up close with the Eee PC - part 2: Installing unsupported programs

Sure, the Asus Eee PC comes with a cool new user interface that makes the tiny laptop with the 7 inch screen easy to use even if you know nothing about Linux. But can you play Doom on it? Well yes, we're pretty sure you can, but we didn't try. What we did try was adding unsupported Debian Linux repositories that let you install a whole slew of applications beside the 40 or so that the Eee PC...

Up close with the Eee PC user interface - part 1

November 1st has come and gone, and that means that Asus has begun shipping the Eee PC, a $399 ultra-light laptop that could give both the OLPC and major laptop makers a run for their money. We're going to focus primarily on the software side of things, but in a nutshell, the first widely available model packs a 900MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of solid state memory. It weighs just 2.1...

A look at the Eee PC's custom Linux interface

Asus is set to launch the tiny Eee PC in the US this week. While the US version will cost about twice the $199 price that Asus teased us with this summer, the Eee PC is a full fledged computer in a 2 pound package for under $400, and that's pretty impressive. What's also impressive is the custom Linux interface Asus threw together to make the Eee PC as useful as possible. Since the machine has a...

No licensing agreement between Microsoft and Ubuntu

Microsoft's been announcing partnerships with Linux distributors left and right over the last few months. First, the company reached an agreement to share intellectual property with Novell, then Xandros, and most recently Linspire. That's led many to wonder whether Microsoft would be partnering with Canonical anytime soon. Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, fast becoming one of the most...

Xandros joins Novell in licensing Microsoft IP FUD

Functionally irrelevant but newsworthy nonetheless, Xandros -- the Debian based Linux distribution formerly known as Corel Linux -- has joined Novell in alienating the FOSS community by licensing Microsoft intellectual property and creating an illusion of indemnification against potential MS vs. Linux user lawsuits. Few details are available about the deal. Microsoft's SVP of Server and...

LinuxWorld 2006: Xandros Server 1.0

Greetings, DLS readers. I'm reporting from LinuxWorld 2006, in cool & breezy San Francisco. Over the next few days I'll be letting you know about what's new, what's cool, and what's interesting at our annual PenguinCon. Some of you have probably heard about Xandros Desktop, an attempt to create a Linux distro that's super easy to use and very friendly and inviting for those switching over...