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Review: Xandros Linux 4.0 Professional

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Xandros is a distribution of Linux descended from Debian and built on the Debian framework. Unlike Debian though, Xandros is built more with a profiteering mindset, a philosophy that has slowly alienated it from the Linux community, more so lately after their announced affiliation with Microsoft. This is also due to their profit focused vs. the freedom focused development observed by most core Linux distributions. But that’s not to say that Xandros can’t still be a good distribution, even if it breaks with the traditions that made Linux what it is today. But unlike the other mainstream Linux distributions which are free, you’re going to have to pay for this one. The price you pay isn’t Xandros charging you to use Linux, but rather it’s to pay for the licensing of all the bundled proprietary software that they include into their distribution, plus some limited tech support. But enough of that, let’s get down to the bread and butter of this Linux distribution and see what it has to offer those who want to try it out.

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