A 350 MB installation CD of Xbox Linux Mandrake 9 is available for download free of charge from the Xbox Linux website. It corresponds to a standard installation of the (free) 3 CD version of the well-known Mandrake Linux distribution (http://www.mandrake.com/), which has only been released a week ago, so it contains the graphical environments Gnome and KDE, as well as software packages such as OpenOffice.org, XMMS and Mozilla. Since Xbox Linux Mandrake 9 is 100% compatible with Mandrake Linux 9, all additional packages from the official Mandrake Linux 9 installation CDs or the Mandrake website can be installed into Xbox Mandrake Linux.Linux on the Xbox is nothing new, but this latest release looks particularly slick for those looking to do a little more with their game console. Now the Xbox Linux Project isn't officially affiliated with MandrakeSoft, they just chose compatibility with the distribution because of its popularity.
The Xbox's specs may seem a little too limited for PC applications, even under Linux, but the console's price is hard to beat. Consider this, Wal Mart currently sells the Xbox for $199, but they also sell Microtel's Linux-powered entry-level PC for the same price. I wonder which one folds faster.