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Installation, Partitioning and Networking

One of the things I prefer about distros like Xandros, SuSE, and Fedora is their graphical installers. They even have Windows beat in this area. I decided to do a fresh install of XP first, to test Xandros’ partitioning capabilities. To my surprise and delight, Xandros quickly created its own partitions, leaving Windows intact. Installation went smoothly, although I’d have preferred the opportunity to select OpenOffice.org and The GIMP as part of the default installation. Another thing that impressed me was the ease with which I got wireless networking up and running. It was never that easy under Windows. Xandros also had my Soundblaster spewing audio and my Nvidia card correctly identified on startup; two things that Windows just can’t seem to get right.

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Figure 2 Partitioning an NTFS drive

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