By Joe Stoddard. Looking for an inexpensive but familiar alternative to the Windows operating system? If you're on a budget, the Desktop/LX from upstart Lycoris ( could be exactly what you need to break the tie that binds--your wallet to Microsoft, that is. Desktop/LX is a release of Linux that looks and works a lot like Windows XP, which should make it fairly painless for your users to make the switch. Add a free copy of OpenOffice (, and you have a true Windows/Office alternative.