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Xandros Desktop

For those has just migrated from Windows to Linux but misses or like the Windows Desktop environment, this Linux distro is for you.

Xandros is both the name of a line of Linux distributions and Xandros Corporation, the company which creates them. Xandros Desktop is a distribution known for its focus on business and mainstream users, as well as its visual similarities to Windows XP. The name Xandros is derived from the X Window System and the Greek island of Andros.

Founded in May of 2001 by Linux Global Partners, the company is headquartered in New York City. Their distributions are based on Corel Linux, a Debian-based distribution which was acquired along with the development team behind the product from Corel Corporation in August 2001 after Corel decided to leave the Linux distribution market.Xandros is also a founding member of the Desktop Linux Consortium.
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Bayanihan Linux is a desktop focused Philippine based GNU/Linux distribution. It is derived from the Debian stable branch and uses the KDE graphical interface and Anaconda graphical installer. The desktop version bundles applications for office productivity, internet applications, and multimedia solutions.

Bayanihan is a Filipino term which roughly means community building and team spirit. Bayanihan Linux concentrates on ease of use and ease of redistribution.

Bayanihan Linux Server 2006 is a Linux distribution developed in the Philippines. It aims to be an easy-to-use GNU/Linux server for government agencies, school, and SMEs. It is designed specifically for novice computers users and non-GNU+Linux system adminitrators to ease the learning curve of running free software services while learning how to use it.

Bayanihan Linux 2006 Server is composed of free software services and a wizard configuration tool. The free software services consists of FTP, Samba, NFS, BIND, Apache Web Server, SSH, Postfix, Spamassassin, Dovecot IMAP, and Clamav.

A graphical guide for all new users with a Windows background using Ubuntu

Having problems installing something on your new Ubuntu operating system? “Where’s the EXE?”, “Where do I need to extract this to?”, “How do I run it?”, “Where did it go?” – have you been thinking questions like these? Don’t worry, installing software, themes and other things on Ubuntu is actually very easy! This guide will help you understand with screenshots, instructional videos and to-the-point language.

Note: The guide was written for Ubuntu 6.06 – The Dapper Drake using the tools of the Gnome desktop environment as its base. The program names and paths will undoubtedly vary if you’re using Kubuntu or Xubuntu.
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Here are several reasons:

1. It’s free…legally free.
2. Almost every useful application you would ever want to run on Linux is free.
3. When you want to update to the latest and greatest version, with all the latest and greatest features, you don’t need to buy a new version…and if you want to stick with the old, you can.
4. Security. Defaults are much better than Windows. There are so many free options for increased security, SeLinux and Grsecurity just to name a couple.
5. All you need to learn about it is out there somewhere, for free, whether it’s online, in a man page, or in a forum or newsgroup somewhere.
6. Performance…Linux almost never forces you to upgrade your hardware, and it always runs better on older hardware than windows.
7. Simplicity. Yes simplicity. Most young people think Windows is easy because that’s what they grew up with and had the most exposure to. That’s like someone in the US saying english is the simplest language.
8. The choices…the free choices, are endless. What filesystem do you want to use, what do you want installed or not installed on your system, what graphical interface do you want to use and how do you want to configure it, which pdf viewer do you want to use, etc. Windows will never be that flexible.

Those are just a few reasons….

As for some of your reasons why Windows is better…on Gentoo Linux I can type emerge -v vlc and in a few minutes it’s installed, no issues whatsoever. If I choose to I can also use root as my main login and never have any issues or warnings. It’s not secure and it’s not smart, but it can be done for convenience on just about any distribution. And as for installing anything good on Linux, that’s not even worth arguing. There is so much great software available and on most distributions, most of the time, it’s not difficult to install.

I agree that some applications just don’t exist for Linux, interoperability is more difficult than it should be, and there are lots of other issues. Most distributions are still somewhat difficult to install for people used to windows. There are plenty of good games that are never ported to Linux. People still design web pages for IE only and who wants to run IE on Linux? I could go on and on, but I can’t think of anything that would ever make me pay for Windows over using Linux for free.

As of October 26 2006, Ubuntu has released their latest Linux operating system, version 6.10 aka Edgy Eft, which can be downloaded here. Ubuntu has been the up and coming star company in the Linux O.S. scene for the last couple of years. They just seem to get more popular with each release and along with their releases getting better with each release. I would dare say they have nearly the cult following like Apple Computers or Google. Ubuntu, as you might be able to tell, is an unorthodox company, even for a company in the Linux scene! Ubuntu was originally founded by Mark Shuttleworth, a South African multi-millionaire, who once paid $20 million to ride into outer space on the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission.

The company’s name Ubuntu actually derives from the South African (Zulu) concept of ubuntu, which means “I am because you are” or “humanity towards others.” Ubuntu tries to apply that concept into their business model. The companies slogan is “Linux for human beings” and they go as far as to offer to ship for free a copy of their distribution to anyone in the world. The concept of Ubuntu fits perfectly into the world of Linux and open source software. Without the work of others, there would be no way that Linux would be what it is today and the same applies to Ubuntu.

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Developed by Linus Torvalds and further elaborated by a number of developers throughout the world Linux (lee’nuhks/ or /li’nuks/,_not_/li:’nuhks) is a freely available multitasking and multi-user operating system. From the outset, Linux was placed under General Public License (GPL). The system can be distributed, used and expanded free of charge. In this way, developers have access to all the source codes, thus being able to integrate new functions easily or to find and eliminate programming bugs quickly. Thereby drivers for new adapters (SCSI controller, graphics cards, etc.) can be integrated very rapidly.

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This would be my first entry for this blog. Free and Open Source Softwares Blog deals with the increasing advancements of the GNU/GPL softwares and Linux and Unix Operating Systems.