Mike Angelo -- 17 August 2005 (C) -- Page 4
The Mandriva, SUSE, and Xandros implementations of KDE initially provide a desktop environment that is very compatible with the MS Windows desktop. However, the Mandriva and SUSE KDE implementations provide a good depth of features and functionality to which the user migrating from MS Windows to Linux can find and learn to use. Learn to use later and after he or she has become acclimated to the Linux operating system and desktop with the initial, MS Windows compatible, out-of-the-box, K desktop environment implementation.
Xandros might well have the best initial Microsoft Windows compatibility. But it lacks the depth of features and functionality found in the Mandriva and SUSE implementations of the K desktop environment.
One of the Xandros Desktop OS strengths is its focus on encouraging migration from Microsoft Windows to GNU-Linux. However, that also is one of the Xandros Desktop Linux weak points -- because Xandros does not do as much as Mandriva and SUSE do to help migrants from Microsoft Windows grow into becoming real Linux users. More about this further on in this series.
The Mandriva and SUSE Linux distributions and their implementations provide an operating system and desktop environment that allows and fosters migrants from MS Windows to Linux to grow into real Linux users. Xandros does not seem to do this -- or at least not as well as Mandriva and SUSE so do.
Fedora includes both GNOME and KDE, but the KDE implementation in Fedora is a crippled and disfigured implementation of the KDE desktop.
Mandriva, Novell, and SUSE have both KDE and GNOME. KDE is the default desktop for Mandriva and SUSE, which overall have nice implementations of KDE.
Thus, all things considered so far, for now when it comes to looking for a good desktop Linux, Mandriva still is in first place. However, SUSE and Xandros might be in the running.
In the meantime, you can download free versions of Mandriva, SUSE, 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.
Will Mandriva stay in the lead as the best desktop Linux available? How do other Linux distributions match up against Mandriva, SUSE, 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.
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