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Hymera Open review

Oct 05, 2009, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Installation: Hymera features a very beautiful graphical installer. It is a slightly retooled version of a pre-5.0 Debian installer. Most aspects of the installer are automated. While that makes the installation process faster, it has its drawbacks. For example, you can't choose your keyboard layout and timezone. That wouldn't be such a big deal if the installer accurately detects them, but it does not. GRUB is the boot loader, installed by default in the MBR. No option to install it anywhere else

"Per disk partitioning, the installer offers two options – Guided Partitioning and Manual. If you opt for Guided Partitioning, the installer creates one main partition, /, and a partition of about 1.5 GB for swap. The default file system for / is ext4. Other available journaling file systems are ext3, reiserfs, jfs, and xfs. There is support for soft-RAID, but not for LVM and disk encryption.

"Desktop: GNOME is the preferred desktop environment. This is not one of those bland configurations of the GNOME desktop environment that you find on other GNOME-based distros, but the most beautiful desktop configuration (GNOME or KDE) and design I have ever seen on any Linux or BSD desktop distribution. The artwork is very professional, stylish, and very, very visually appealing. The visual is further enhanced by the placement of screenlets to the right side of the desktop. Screenlets, like SuperKaramba, are small, interactive applications written in Python. They provide basic information about your PC and allow you to perform very simple tasks on your desktop. They are also eye candy."

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