Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Dec 2006 23:16 UTC, submitted by brewin
Linux The Symphony OS Project is pleased to announce the release of Symphony OS 2006-12. This release, the first since May, brings more stability and enhanced features to the young desktop environment and Linux Distro. Based on Debian Testing, Symphony OS 2006-12 also now includes the gnome-system-tools within it's System target menu providing GUI system management functions that were missing from previous releases. The system also features Firefox 2, many other updated packages, and performance improvements.
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Number of Linux Distros
by ferrels on Wed 13th Dec 2006 23:38 UTC
ferrels
Member since:
2006-08-15

Is it just me, or does it seem like the number of Linux distros out there just continues to splinter and grow almost daily?

It seems like anyone who is looking for their 15 minutes of fame takes a Linux distro, modifies it slightly, cooks up a funky new name and puts it out there for consumption. I think it's getting ridiculous.

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RE: Number of Linux Distros
by jessta on Wed 13th Dec 2006 23:53 in reply to "Number of Linux Distros"
jessta Member since:
2005-08-17

That is true.
But it's a good thing.
The more distributions, the more ideas that get put out there.

SymphonyOS has quite a different desktop environment to many other distributions. It would probably have been better for them to develop it as an alternative desktop environment instead of a full distribution though.

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RE[2]: Number of Linux Distros
by Dark Leth on Thu 14th Dec 2006 00:00 in reply to "RE: Number of Linux Distros"
Dark Leth Member since:
2005-07-06

Our DE can be used on any other linux distro. However, we are also working on a set of applications that will pull the interface together in a method similiar to that of Apple's. Having a complete distro allows us to illustrate our vision in a much more articulate manner.

Thanks for the interest, though. One day, Symphony may evolve to the point of being just a DE, but that is not right now.

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Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

I have to disagree with you. Diversity is good, yes, but what we're seeing is not diversity. Way too many distros are clones of Redhat, and a lot of the Debian-based ones have very similar sets of features. I can understand something like SymphonyOS, but IMHO there are a lot of distros that don't do anything innovative or unusually useful and really shouldn't exist.

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h times nue equals e Member since:
2006-01-21

Although Symphony OS is based on Debian, I wouldn't categorize it as just-another-slightly-modified distribution. The creator of Symphony OS actually came around with some quite interesting and new/different concepts, most visible the mezzo desktop environment.

Not exactly my cup of tea (I stick to Debian/Slackware/Gentoo), but definitly not a random yes-me-too distro and worth a close look, imho.

If the current level of fragmentation growth is the price to pay for the developement of little gems like grml, zenwalk, frugalware or Symphony OS, then that's at least ok from my perspective, e.g. unsuccessful branches of the Linux tree won't hinder the growth of the more sucessful ones.

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RE: Number of Linux Distros
by mmebane on Thu 14th Dec 2006 00:14 in reply to "Number of Linux Distros"
mmebane Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, to be fair, these guys are trying something new with the interface. I'm not sure the screenshots are too inspiring, but I'm never used it.

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RE[2]: Number of Linux Distros
by Dekkard on Thu 14th Dec 2006 00:27 in reply to "Number of Linux Distros"
Dekkard Member since:
2006-01-07

No.. its not ridiculous at all. Symphony is attempting a radically different approach to the desktop. It attempts to be utterly non-windows like in its approach, and emphasizes ease of use and file access.. I think the statement is a tad ridiculous. Desktop models are like flavors.. no one ever says there are too many damn flavors! Try one, try em all. Some you will like, some you will hate.. but like foss goes.. diversity is not a weakness.

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RE: Number of Linux Distros
by twenex on Thu 14th Dec 2006 01:48 in reply to "Number of Linux Distros"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Is it just me, or does it seem like the number of bands/writers out there just continues to splinter and grow almost daily?

It seems like anyone who is looking for their 15 minutes of fame takes a music/literary genre, modifies it slightly, cooks up a funky new name/title and puts it out there for consumption. I think it's getting ridiculous.

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RE[2]: Number of Linux Distros
by Lambda on Thu 14th Dec 2006 01:56 in reply to "RE: Number of Linux Distros"
Lambda Member since:
2006-07-28

It seems like anyone who is looking for their 15 minutes of fame takes a music/literary genre, modifies it slightly, cooks up a funky new name/title and puts it out there for consumption. I think it's getting ridiculous.
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It would be ridiculous if they were playing the same old songs. Hint, hint. At least SymphonyOS has a different tune.

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RE: Number of Linux Distros
by Arne J. on Thu 14th Dec 2006 08:29 in reply to "Number of Linux Distros"
Arne J. Member since:
2006-12-09

You don't deserve to be modded down. Being a linux and bsd junkie and MS basher myself, I sometimes feel the same. But nobody is imposing a distro upon you. I use between 6 and 12 different linux distro's (ever tried Arch and VLOS 1.3? They're great!), and they all serve their respective purpose.
The picture for BSD is starting to show some proliferation as well, albeit more contained. I'm glad there exists something like DragonFly, e.g.

Having said that, sometimes, in frustration about missing some specific implementation across the board (not blaming anyone, it's OSS), I feel like releasing my own brand: "Stillsux. Because, let's face it, Linux still sucks" ;-)

Edited 2006-12-14 08:43

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

This is a Linux distro with its own Desktop Environment, which is completely different from what's shipped with all other distros.

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RE: Number of Linux Distros
by vermaden on Thu 14th Dec 2006 13:46 in reply to "Number of Linux Distros"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

The most funny thing with these distros is their naming scheme. In the past every Linux distro was named ${DISTRO} Linux, like Gentoo Linux, Slackware Linux, etc.

Now every new distro based on other distro with changed default wallpaper mainly and new boot splash logo has naming scheme like ${DISTRO}OS, like SymphonyOS, KateOS, MyahOS and so.

Maybe they feel a bit more pr0/1337 naming them that way but that is very misleading comparing to names of REAL other operating systems like ReactOS, RISCOS or AmigaOS.

Now that a person that will see for example ReactOS for the first time he will think that it is just another one of zillions Linux distros :/

Even SymphonyOS logo is very similar to like AmigaOS logo. Jelous.

Cite from SymphonyOS about site:
"SymphonyOS is a whole new type of Operating System"

No it is NOT new type of operating system it is just another Linux with Mezzo Desktop Environment, nothing more.

Edited 2006-12-14 13:52

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RE[2]: Number of Linux Distros
by arielb on Fri 15th Dec 2006 01:45 in reply to "RE: Number of Linux Distros"
arielb Member since:
2006-11-15

right...you wouldn't call windows+litestep a "liteOS"

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