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Start-up shows off Linux for desktop

Xandros, the software start-up that bought from Corel a version of Linux designed for mainstream computer users, said Thursday that is releasing its first beta, or test version, of the open-source operating system. Version 1.0 is expected in May, the company said at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in New York. Xandros will select 200 beta testers to try out the product, which is based on the Debian version of Linux and includes the KDE graphical user interface.

Xandros, the software start-up that bought from Corel a version of Linux designed for mainstream computer users, said Thursday that is releasing its first beta, or test version, of the open-source operating system.

Version 1.0 is expected in May, the company said at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in New York. Xandros will select 200 beta testers to try out the product, which is based on the Debian version of Linux and includes the KDE graphical user interface.