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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by Jay on Fri 20th Sep 2002 05:36 UTC

Thanks for the in-depth review, Eugenia! I think you really hit the good and not-so-good points on the head.

I am a big supporter of Lycoris. As others have mentioned, it is astonishing what they have been able to accomplish with 4-5 people.

I have never like desktop pictures and use the default background color. Lycoris looks like Windows, yet it does have a look of its own too, in a way. You spoke of it, Eugenia, it's sort of a light breezy, airy look. Not what you usually see in a Linux distro. I really commend them for that.

I was excited when IRIS finally went up, yet it does offer very little still, as you said.

The font problem needs no more comment, lol.

I've been thinking, remembering job situations where I ended up trying to juggle too much at once. It's sort of like the comment above about biting off more than they can chew. I found, in those situations, I lost the sense of how to prioritze - everything seemed of equal priority and, as a result, everything suffered. I hope those poor 4-5 people aren't in that boat. But, it would seem they would have to focus on one or two things and get those going right and then follow with the things they did not consider to be at the top of the list. I would think they would get their best results by doing that.

I think they should first focus on the font problem and on IRIS. I say that because they have an interface that is very pleasing and don't have to do anything big right now with it - except fix the font problem. That will make all the difference in the world. Their Update Wizard is excellent, so there's no problems there. So, focus on IRIS. They don't have to go crazy on it, but get some more software in each category. That will increase usability and interest.

I stop at those two because asking more would be too much, I think. yet, I also don't know what they have in store for Beryl or when it might arrive (with KDE 3?).

Some have given good arguments for Lycoris having a hard time staying afloat. I hope those arguments are wrong, but they are legitimate and need to be examined. I am rooting for them because they have made Linux attractive in the visual sense, in a sense that makes people want to use it. It attracts the eye in a good, pleasing sense. And not with eye candy, in the true sense of the term, either, but by the overall look itself.

I was somewhat disturbed that Eugenia had trouble installing (not the developer tools, but the distro itself). That is crucial to Lycoris. Ease of use and installation is so critical to them, they would fold up immediately if that came into jeopardy. Eugenia, do you have any idea why that might have happened? Bad CD? Was it the double Celeron or Microtel?? <g>

One last thing - speed. The first time I installed Lycoris was on my Microtel and, after installation, it was very slow. Then I rebooted and everything was fine. In my heavy use of Lycoris, speed has not been an issue really. On the other hand, the Microtel has 1.6 MHz Athalon XP and 1 GB RAM, so it's pretty fast.

Thanks again for the great review!