Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 20th Sep 2002 02:15 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris A few months ago we wrote a full review of the Lycoris Desktop/LX operating system, but many releases happened since then and some things have changed. The Lycoris folks sent us the latest official version (+ online patches), we tested it, and here is what we think about it.
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Still Too Complicated And Not Easy To Use At All
by kat on Fri 20th Sep 2002 05:18 UTC

I tried it a couple of weeks ago and my experience is totally opposite ...

Installation - Still asked way too many things for an average user to make mistake like what I did or understand. Selected 1280x1024@85Hz resolution for my 19" monitor but it booted up at 640x480@60 Hz instead. Basiaclly, had to reinstall again and pick 1024x768. Picking anything else will boot at 640x480. A very poor quality product.

Control Center - beauty is only skin deep. Afterwards, still pop up with the same old panels that Caldera used to use or the standard kde ones. Some of them are so hard to undertsand and some of them don't even start properly. Their approach in the implmentation of the Control Centre is basically konqueror running some html with exec URLs. A smart and simple approach but it also means that anyone of their competition can achieve the same thing in less than 2 weeks. Basically, no competitive advantage at all.

I encourage the reviewer to do some real acid tests. For example, try to figure out (as a desktop user) on how to copy some files onto a floppy. Drove me nuts and still can't unless doing it from the console ;-(

Lycoris is the last thing any desktop user will need.