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Linux.com: Helix GNOME Review

Mar 08, 2000, 15:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"Helix Code, 'an open source software company devoted to improving GNOME,' released their flagship product Monday. Does their desktop improvement live up to the hype? Is Linux finally easy enough for your mother to use?"

"After their web site went live, it was immediately buried with requests from curious visitors. Fortunately, they had already mirrored their installation programs and packages. I loaded the installation instructions and was dismayed to see they expected me to execute as root, a script piped directly from their web site. Although this makes installation of the Helix Desktop easy for a newbie, it is a major security risk. If you are security-paranoid, Helix Code gives you the option to download the source code, review it, and then compile it yourself. I chose instead to download the compressed 1.5M installer binary and go from there."

"Is the Helix Code desktop that much easier to use? Not yet. It is definitely on the right path though. With its sister company Eazel, working on the next generation file manager Nautilus, and the Outlook killer Evolution on the way, the free software community is going to broaden its appeal to a wider user base. However, I would not recommend that a newbie attempt to install Helix GNOME at least until the next version of the Helix Installer is released. There are some major hang-ups that need to be resolved first. I'm eagerly anticipating the next release of the Helix Code desktop. Now, to submit some bug reports. :)"

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