Linux users, especially ones using the Open Source operating system on the desktop, have several new options. Red Hat 8.0 and Mandrake 9.0 have both come out recently, and the first reviews of both Linux distributions are trickling in.

it pretty and smooth to install. But it also has some little frustrations that he hopes will be fixed in the boxed CD version.

"...the number of commercial Linux desktop alternatives is suddenly increasing. Red Hat is launching a Linux desktop focused on many corporate functions. Sun Microsystems, which until recently seemed to ebb and flow on its support for Linux, is now poised to offer its own Linux-based business desktop alternative as well. But that's not all. Mandrake, a longtime leader for desktop Linux, and newcomer Lindows are both available preloaded on PCs from the Web site of retail giant Wal-Mart. The low-end Lindows system has even managed to break the unthinkable $200 price barrier. Earthlink also has been enrolled as a Lindows-compatible ISP. Suddenly, Linux for the consumer desktop is readily available, trivial to set up, and amazingly affordable."

This info was partly gathered from reading NewsForge
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