News.com reports that the latest release from Xandros continues its mission of welcoming Windows users. Xandros 4.0, the first new version of the Linux OS in 18 months, includes features for reading and writing Windows-formatted drives, as well as the ability to import Windows user settings during installation. The distinctive feature of Xandros is its effort to carve a position as an easy replacement for Windows. Because of this, some in the Linux community derisively call it “Linux with training wheels.” The target audience of the new OS is users who want to switch to Linux from Windows NT/2000, and want as shallow a learning curve as possible. Xandros 4.0 includes an emulator that will let users run Windows applications. In addition, it imports settings and data–including email, photos, sound, and desktop…