Monday, January 8, 2007

Latest hot distros to test out

You know that I am one of the distro guys around here, and true to form, when I had a few minutes, I had to try out yet another distro, the recently released Dreamlinux 2.2.

The description copied from Distrowatch says "Dreamlinux is a Brazilian distribution based on Debian, Knoppix and Morphix. A live CD with a graphical hard disk installation option, it boots directly into an XFce desktop which provides access to a good collection of desktop applications and a central control panel for system configuration."

Having said that, Dreamlinux also sports a user interface that closely resembles the E17 component found in last year's most recent release of Elive, also Debian based, but using the Enlightenment desktop.

Both Dreamlinux and Elive sport an interface that reminds you of recent Mac OS X desktops in appearance. Make no mistake, though. This is all Linux, and frankly, though this looks nice, it is not production grade code yet.

I recommend people give it a try, but don't set your expectations too high. I did not run into any issues with it in the short time I gave it my initial evaluation. You may not run into issues, either, but then again, you may. For cool software like this, though, we need equally COOL (yah mahn) guys, whether from the mainland or from one of the islands to really check this out.

By the way, if you have never run any software written by engineers from Brazil before, you are in for a treat. How many of you know the package manager called synaptic that is used on both Debian and RPM based systems to manage, update, and upgrade systems? That software was originally developed by Brazilian engineers while they were working at Conectiva, before Mandrake acquired them and became Mandriva.

Lots of good software from the southern hemisphere!

Try it out and let us know what you think!

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