[Linux4christians] Xandros & Thunderbird
R. Sheng-Chieh Cheng
shengchieh at linuxmail.org
Fri Jun 16 14:13:57 EDT 2006
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rachel Ramey" <rachel at homeworksbest.net>
I know I'm late, but here's my 2 cents.
[I have been using Xandros since version 1.]
> 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.)
Xandros is debian-based. However, it can install RPM packages. Either
use Xandros Network (XN) or on a console use rpm. One warning: I would
be careful about dependencies, especially if the RPM package uses libraries.
It does have a wide selection of softwares available. Not only
Xandros-supported items, but all of debian-unsupported stuffs (and debian
has one of the largest library of softwares). You can use alien to convert
to DEB files, if desired. I would not worry about finding stuffs since the
debian library is huge. As long as the driver works for debian, it'll usually
work for Xandros.
If you insist on a RPM-based distro, I would try Mandriva. They "inherit"
their code from RedHat. And they are also desktop friendly.
Finally, if you do go with Xandros, version 4 is coming out June 21.
(Rumor is by a Xandros employee)
> Also, how does the Mozilla mail program - I think it's called Thunderbird? -
> compare to Outlook Express?
I have been using TB w/o any problem for several years, but then
I don't use fancy stuffs. There are alot of extensions for TB if
you want to do stuffs.
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