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    Xandros ISO help

    Hello,

    Dont know if anybody can help me, but im looking for anybody who can explain the download and installation process for Xandros.

    I have been searching for the .ISO file in order to create the installation CD but can not find a suitable download mirror anywhere.

    The only download files i seem to be able to find are torrent files, which obviously are not suitable.

    Thanks in advance!

    Tom

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    Why Xandros? I didn't think Xandros was available like other linux distros, its based on a debian fork so another version like Ubuntu or Kubuntu if you want to stick with KDE could be what you're looking for?

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    have tried noth GNOME and KDE and to be honest i cant make my mind up,

    I wanted to try Xandros as im making these machines for parents, meaning that they have to be incredibly user friendly, Xandros is one i have not yet tried, but according to reviews, compatibility towards windows is uncomparable.

    Unless you can suggest better distros for uneducated users?

    thanks,

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    Ubuntu is by far the simplest to use and set up. I use Gnome as I really can't stand KDE. What distros have you tried?

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    I have tried Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Gentoo and im currently working on Freespire.

    Freespire so far seems to be the most user friendly. However, unlike Ubuntu i cant seem to export the proxy in the .bashrc file in order to update through sudo, even as Root user, so i feel like im back to square one.

    If only i could combine Ubuntu and freespire!

    i have not tried Linspire yet though, do you have any experience with it?

    thanks,

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    if you're looking to update you need to add the proxy in APT.

    You can do that through a GUI in synaptic package manager, or there is a command line alternative for making the sudo apt-get update commands working. Is that what you need?

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    Xandros no longer offer a free version as far as I know - haven't for a while... $39.99 for the home version and they have a 30 day trial on their website (although the licence does say you can install it on as many 'non-commercial' computers as you like - within your home!).

    A mix of OSS and paid for components = very confusing IMHO

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    I wish it was that easy,

    Freespire does not use nor can i install synaptic package manager,

    As far as i can tell my sources.list file is correct and apt-get is also working,

    Howver evertime i attempt to run an update, i keep getting back "FAILED CONNECTION"

    When using ubuntu i managed to solve this problem by adding the code:

    export http_proxy=http://proxy.lancsngfl.ac.uk:8080
    export ftp_proxy=http://proxy.lancsngfl.ac.uk:8080

    to both .profile and .bashrc

    Unfortunatly this fix does not seem to be working in freespire.

    Is this problem still ok in this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmbenson View Post
    I wish it was that easy,

    Freespire does not use nor can i install synaptic package manager,

    As far as i can tell my sources.list file is correct and apt-get is also working,

    Howver evertime i attempt to run an update, i keep getting back "FAILED CONNECTION"

    When using ubuntu i managed to solve this problem by adding the code:

    export http_proxy=http://proxy.lancsngfl.ac.uk:8080
    export ftp_proxy=http://proxy.lancsngfl.ac.uk:8080

    to both .profile and .bashrc

    Unfortunatly this fix does not seem to be working in freespire.

    Is this problem still ok in this thread?
    ah that was for ubuntu i meant. Ive not used Freespire before as I've stuck with Ubuntu really. What specific features do you want from the OS?

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    To be honest im just looking for simplicity, a friendly looking user layout, this is not a major technical job im doing, but i want the OS to be able to run installs executeably, and not through apt-get.

    Is this possible without finding an install package through synaptic?

    i was thinking of going to xandros as forum reviews specify "a windows feel" perhaps i have interpreted this wrong, but from that i assumed executable files and icons making it much more simple for a home user to deal with.

    Thanks,

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    The install packages through synaptic are the easiest by far to use. Its the same for all linux distros, Ubuntu is known as the "easy" one to use, I would def have another go with it. The "like windows" reference is more than likely going to be referenceing KDE which is supposed to be the Windows equivalent. In my opinion its nothing like windows and is a blocky user interface compared to the much more polished Gnome.

    Either way the *buntu's are the way I would look for if its ease of use you are looking for.

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    Will go back an re-try then,

    Thanks!

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    Ok i have officially found the perfect combination!

    Just wanted to let you know, if you want the user interaction and feel of Freespire or linspire, and yet still want to keep hold of the polished perfection of using GNOME/Ubuntu, please please install Linux Mint.

    My perfect combination of the Linux Distros.

    Tom

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    I'd not seen that release before! I checked out a couple of sites:

    DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.
    Was great for finding the distros, turns out Mint was 3rd in the list of popular linux distros!

    Linux XP Desktop 2008
    If you want XP, its as close as you get
    lol

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    Linux Mint is also quite good and nice to use.

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