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Oct102007

Linux launches new distro “Vixta” Windows Vista clone

If Windows Vista is so terrible, how come there’s someone in the open-source community who wants to copy it? That’s the case with the latest Linux distro, a Vista look-alike called Vixta. The project is hosted by Sourceforge, the online home of numerous open-source efforts, large and small. Vixta fits into the latter category.

There’s hardly any information on the effort, other than a short blurb, which says it’s based on the Fedora distro of Linux. Fedora is itself a project which evolved out of the Red Hat community, and is still sponsored by the enterprise-Linux powerhouse. Vixta appears to be the brainchild of one A. Paulo Santos, who has posted most of the messages on the short Vixta-info mailing list, including one announcing the availability of Vixta release 094.

Many of the Tux Enclave respondents appear mystified as to the rationale for Vixta. “Why would I switch to Linux just because it looks like Vista? I have that with Vista,” writes one. A number of others wonder when Microsoft will sue for emulating Vista’s look and feel. The most insightful comment I saw was this: “They’ve entirely missed the point about what makes an OS function. Vista isn’t just about a new GUI (which looks much better than this attempt), but a way of organizing your computer. Plus, this Vixta doesn’t run Windows software, so it’s no competitor.”

Linux, Linux distro, Vixta, Operating System, Linux OS, Windows Vista

Source:→ InformationWeek

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