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Re: [SLUG] Lycoris
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Lycoris
- From: Paul Copeland <plc007@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue Sep 10 22:46:02 2002
Hi Adam and others
At 09:11 AM 10/09/2002, Adam Hewitt wrote in part:
I have been looking at Lycoris to try out on my second desktop machine
on my home network (I am currently running debian/windows, however I am
sick of having to reboot into windows to play games...so I am going to
have a windows games machine and a linux desktop machine).
I already have a Debian server/gateway to use when I want to do any
hardcore 'messing', however for my desktop I am more interested in the
look/feel/'desktop' functionality and from the reviews and such that I
have read it seems like it would do me perfectly. ie: has office, IM,
mp3 playing, dvd playing, etc.
I was just wondering if anyone is using it and what they think of it,
any good or bad comments (especially in regards to speed, upgrading
compared to apt, stability etc.).
I have used Lycoris for about two months now, in fact I did a SLUGlet
presentation on where it was kind enough to crash in front of everyone. If
you are looking for a rock solid distribution this is not it, however, if
you want a distribution that out of the box is ready to go it is good
choice. You only get one desktop, KDE, and the folks at Lycoris have
enhanced it to resemble XP. The thought being this will ease the
transition of MS users into Linux.
* Well it has a nice desktop icon called My Linux System (a rip off of My
Computer) which is good for browsing the various discs.
* The Control Centre (a Control Panel rip off) has virtually all the
configuration options for both the desktop and system.
* If you stuff up the X display you can boot into a GUI recovery mode to
* Painless installation.
* Nice auto-popup installer for RPMs
* Great community who are really willing to help.
* CDs auto mount and unmount
* Not as stable as other distributions
* The enhanced KDE has every pretty feature turned on so slow systems are
* Poor fonts, which can be fixed by installing the MS True Type fonts. But
on my home machine this cuased a few proiblems.
* Had to set my Geforce 256 card to Geforce 256 DDR or the fonts were
either tiny or huge.
* Comes only with Mozilla and KOffice. Whereas most distributions also
include Opera and Open Office now. (Konquror and Kmail are available on
the disk but must be installed alter.
* Xine would not work on either of the machines I installed Lycoris on,
even though out of the box Lycoris claim it all works.
I would be waiting to see the new Red Hat (8?) which I hope will be more
stable with a desktop just as easy to use.
Hope this helps, if you want anymore information, don't hesitate to contact