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In Pursuit of Good Desktop Linux:

Network Neighborhood and MS Windows Partitions

. . . the Konqueror Web browser is the best Web browser available today. Konqueror earned a MozillaQuest Magazine Editor's Choice award in December 2004 . . . because Xandros does not include the Konqueror Web browser, we do not consider it a good desktop Linux at this time.

Mike Angelo -- 4 August 2005 (C) -- Page 4

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Note: Everyone is not going to use the same applications where there are choices. One thing that Linux is about is choices.

People choose different Linux distributions. Some prefer the KDE desktop, some prefer the GNOME desktop, some prefer other desktops, and some prefer no desktop at all.

Likewise many people like the Konqueror file manager and Web browser. But others prefer FireFox, Galeon, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Opera, NetCaptor, Netscape, and so forth.

Our point here is that we believe Konqueror is the best Web browser and therefore should be included in all desktop Linux distributions as one of the Browser choices offered by the distribution. However, Xandros does not even provide Konqueror in its distros as a choice. Therein lies the rub.

For a comparison of the Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and NetCaptor browsers, please see our articles Tabbed-Browsing Coming to KDE's Konqueror Browser and Mozilla 1.0 Browser Quick Look.

  • The Xandros Deal-Breaker

The deal-breaker for Xandros is that Xandros does not have the Konqueor Web browser in its distribution. Nor does Xandros make the Konqueror Web browser available for later addition to the Xandros installation.

We believe the Konqueror Web browser is the best Web browser available today. Konqueror earned a MozillaQuest Magazine Editor's Choice award in December 2004. It is free and open source software (FOSS). And it is available for the Linux operating system.

Thus we see absolutely no acceptable reason that Xandros should not include Konqueror in its Linux products, or at least make it available as an add-on through its Xandros Network software management system.

MozillaQuest Magazine will not recommend a Linux distribution that does not include the Konqueror Web browser as part of the distribution. In today's analysis of what makes a good Desktop Linux in terms of (a) easy access to MS Windows directories and files on the local computer -- out-of-the-box and (b) easy access to shared files and devices on other computers on a LAN out-of-the-box, both Xandros and Mandriva make the cut. However, because Xandros does not include the Konqueror Web browser, we do not consider it a good desktop Linux at this time.

MozillaQuest Magazine will be taking a closer look at the Xandros, Mandriva, and other GNU-Linux distributions in upcoming articles. But for now, when it comes to looking for a good desktop Linux, Mandriva is in first place.

The Xandros Linux distro not including the Konqueror Web browser is one reason that one might not know a good desktop Linux when one sees it. At first sight, when you look at the Xandros Linux distro, it looks like a great desktop Linux.

But then when you take a deeper look and find that it does not include Konqueror, Xandros does not seem as though it is such a good desktop Linux. And of course that is one of those relative issues. If you prefer another Web browser, you might not have the same point of view.

In the meantime, you can download free versions of Mandriva, Xandros and the other Linux distros that we have been looking at and see for yourself how you like them. Links are in the Resources section below.


Figure 6, above. A Windows-like Network Neighborhood directory (folder) has been added to Linux user's (drake's) home directory.

Figure 7, left. Network Neighborhood directory in Windows Explorer file manager.

Will Mandriva stay in the lead as the best desktop Linux available? How do other Linux distributions match up against Mandriva and Xandros on other measures of what makes a good desktop Linux? MozillaQuest Magazine will take a look at how they do measure up in future articles.

Stay tuned!

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Books

Here are some books that deal specifically with computer netowrking issues.

Most of the Linux books listed below these books have chapters or sections of chapters that deal with accessing local network (LAN) files and Windows files with your Linux-based PC. The Linux books also will help to show you why GNU-Linux is a better operating system than MS Windows. And they describe and help you to use much of the free software that comes with most Linux distributions.

Most of the book links lead you to Web pages about the books that also there have links to things such as Tables of Contents and sample chapters. The sample chapters are free and well worth reading.

  • Some Interesting Networking Books
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Networking, 4th Edition, Joe Habraken, Que, ISBN: 0789729113. $19.

Linux Network Architecture, By Wehrle, Pahlke, Ritter, Muller, and Bechler, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131777203. $50


Network+ Certification Practice Questions Exam Cram 2 (Exam N10-002), Charles Brooks, Que Certification, ISBN: 078973110X. $20

Network+ Exam Prep 2, Mike Harwood, Que Certification, ISBN: 0789732556. $50.


Network Troubleshooting Tools, Joseph D. Sloan, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00186-X. $40.

The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide, John H. Terpstra and Jelmer R. Vernooij, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0-13-145355-6, $50.

Principles of Network and System Administration, 2nd Edition, Mark Burgess, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-86807-4. $50.

  • Some Interesting Linux Books

Acing the LINUX+ Certification Exam, Patrick Regan, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131121553. $88

Beginning Linux Programming, 3rd Edition, Matthew and Stones, (Foreword by Alan Cox), Wiley. ISBN: 0-7645-4497-7. $40

Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base, Linux Standard Base Team, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-145695-4

Building Clustered Linux Systems, By Robert Lucke, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-144853-6. $50


Novell Certified Linux Engineer (Novell CLE) Study Guide, Robb Tracy, Novell Press, ISBN: 0789732033. $60

Expanding Choice: Moving to Linux and Open Source with Novell Open Enterprise Server, Jason Williams/Peter Clegg/Emmett Dulaney, Novell Press, ISBN: 0-672-32722-8. $30


Fedora 4 Linux All in One, By Aron Hsiao, Sams, ISBN: 0672327074. $40.

Fedora 4 Unleashed, By Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Bill Ball, Hoyt Duff, Sams, ISBN: 0672327929. $50.


Knoppix Hacks - 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools, By Kyle Rankin, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00787-6. $30


Linux Bible, 2005 Edition, Christopher Negus, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7949-5. $40

Linux Desktop Garage, By Susan Matteson, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-149419-8. $30

Linux Desktop Hacks - Tips & Tools for Customizing and Optimizing your OS, By Nicholas Petreley, Jono Bacon, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00911-9. $50

Linux in a Nuthsell, 4th Ed., Siever, Figgins, and Weber, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00482-6. $40

Linux Kernel Development, 2nd Ed., Robert Love, Novell Press., ISBN: 0672327201. $45

Linux Network Architecture, By Wehrle, Pahlke, Ritter, Muller, and Bechler, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131777203. $50


Linux Programming by Example: The Fundamentals, Arnold Robbins, , Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131429647. $40

The Linux Process Manager: The internals of scheduling, interrupts and signals, By John O'Gorman, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-84771-9. $35

Linux Quick Fix Notebook, By Peter Harrison, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131861506. $40

Linux Troubleshooting Bible, Christopher Negus, Thomas Weeks, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-6997-X. $30


Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-085-7. $64

Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.1 - The Full Power of Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-086-5. $87


Official Fedora Companion, Nick Petreley, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-5836-6. $20

Operating Systems, 3rd Edition, Deitel, Deitel, and David, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131828274. $103

Optimizing Linux Performance: A Hands-on Guide to Linux Performance Tools, By Phillip Ezolt, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131486829. $50


Point & Click Linux!, By Robin Miller, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131488724. $30

Principles of Network and System Administration, 2nd Edition, Mark Burgess, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-86807-4. $50


Running Linux, 4th Ed., Welsh, Dalheimer, Dawson, and Kaufman, O'Reilly, ISBN, 0-596-00272-6. $45

SUSE Linux 9 Bible, Justin Davies, Roger Whittaker, William von Hagen, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7739-5. $40

Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00754-X. $25

Understanding the Linux Kernel, 2nd Edition, Daniel P. Bovet and Marco Cesati, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00213-0. $50

Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager, Mel Gorman, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131453483. $60


UNIX Shells by Example, 4th Edition, By Ellie Quigley, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 013147572X. $50

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