[Linux4christians] Xandros & Thunderbird
Howard Coles Jr.
dhcolesj at stinger.org
Wed Jun 14 13:10:25 EDT 2006
On Wednesday 14 June 2006 8:11 am, Rachel Ramey wrote:
> The new Tiger Direct catalog is offering "Xandros Desktop OS" (not
> pre-installed in anything, unfortunately!). It *sounds* good, but is it
> really? Can anyone give me feedback on it? Does it use RPM? (I hate the
> ones that only use built-in package listings, because they inevitably do
> not install the appropriate modem drivers, requiring me to go online (!) to
> download the right one.)
> Also, how does the Mozilla mail program - I think it's called Thunderbird?
> - compare to Outlook Express?
There are two VERY easy distros, Freespire and Fedora Core (Fedora is RPM
based coming from Red Hat, and Freespire is Debian based coming from
Linspire). Ubuntu is a very nice debian based distro, I use Kubuntu now as I
like KDE better than Gnome. Linspire has a "Click-n-Run" application
repository that you have to pay for. This isn't in itself bad because of
some of the apps they include, but if you are looking for free stuff go with
Fedora or Ubuntu or a derivative.
If you want a more "outlook" type email client Either Kontact (in KDE) or
Evolution (Gnome based) are better suited. If you are just looking for
straight up email Thunderbird will do you well. The advantage for
Thunderbird is cross platform abilities. Thunderbird has a client for
Windoze, Linux and Mac (I believe).
I would recommend you try Fedora Core 5 as its RPM based, like you want, easy
to install, and very solid right now. From all I can gather its more "out of
the box" workable than Ubuntu, even though you may have to manually setup
some Multimedia apps. I haven't tried it yet (I have core 3 and 4 but not
Howard Coles Jr.
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