Linux supplier Xandros has made a free version of its Linux desktop distribution available to non-commercial users to encourage its proliferation on computers around the world.
"We want the Open Circulation version of the Xandros desktop to replicate like a virus," said Frederick H Berenstein, chairman and chief technology officer of Xandros.
The Xandros Open Circulation Edition includes an office suite, e-mail client and multimedia capabilities. The operating system can be installed with a dual-boot option to run alongside Windows XP.
Opera Web browser 7.50 from Opera Software is also featured, marking the first time that the browser has been included as the default browser in a desktop Linux distribution.
The Xandros desktop operating system software uses an advertising-supported version of the browser, said Jon von Tetzchner, Opera's co-founder and cheif executive officer. "Users will see a small banner with the advertising, so it won't be obtrusive."
The software can be downloaded from the company's website and can be copied for distribution. However, the company added that it would not provide suppport for the software.
Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld