Home > Linux > Reviews of Lindows 2.0 and Lycoris B-53Reviews of Lindows 2.0 and Lycoris B-53 Eugenia Loli 2002-10-14 Linux 12 CommentsLinuxWatch.org hosts two (rather short) reviews this week, for Lycoris B-53 and for Lindows 2.0.About The Author Eugenia LoliEx-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker.Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 12 Comments 2002-10-14 6:24 pm Regarding the firewall – it is much easier to find than, for example, the XP firewall. It is much more prominent in the Control Center rather than almost hidden in the Advanced tab of Network Connections in the XP Control Panel. Why the reviewer says it’s almost useless is a mystery to me. All you have to do is run through the items in the Control Center – something that most people would do – and you’ll come across it.One of the strange things about Lycois is that, despite being totally KDE, it does not automatically install KMail. Konqueror is installed, but as your file manager rather than your web browser, Mozilla being both the default web browser and mail client. I love Lycoris, but have never understood this. After installation, you can put the CD back in and install Konqueror (as a web browser) and KMail and some other K apps from the CD. I don’t understand why these two are not the defaults rather than Mozilla. I mean, I’m glad Mozilla is there, but considering the nature of Lycoris, it doesn’t make sense to me that the more technically oriented Mozilla would be the default. I would think it would the one a newbie would go to only after they got used to Konqueror and/or KMail. 2002-10-14 8:32 pm I think Lycoris uses Mozilla/Mozilla mail rather than Konqueror because Mozilla 1.0 renders better than Konqueror 2.2.2 and, therefore, since Mozilla doesn’t support third party email clients to handle “mailto:” links, Mozilla Mail is the default mail client. 2002-10-14 8:47 pm The reviewer said “In comparison to other systems, LindowsOS 2.0 runs faster then my Redhat 7.3workstation with twice the computing power. This is most likely due to the bloatthat Redhat and most other distributions insist on installing.”What bloat is he talking about? When I installed 7.3 I was able to choose what got installed.. didn’t he? 2002-10-14 9:50 pm We had not problem finding where to turn the firewall on, it was where we could configure it. A new user may not want to configure it, but someone who is a Windows “guru” may want to. We just think it would be a nice feature to have.When I installed Red Hat 7.3 I used the Workstation option, and did not modify any of the installed packages. In our opinion, users new to Linux would not want to mess with which packages are installed. 2002-10-14 10:04 pm Yes but a new user wouldn’t be using Red Hat 7.3 And by the review saying “insists on installing” it infers that you cannot tell it not to install it, when in fact you can. No biggie though.. just a little nit pick 2002-10-14 10:28 pm I need a little nit pick here and there… have to keep us in line or else we get completely out of hand 2002-10-15 12:48 am Thanks Anonymous – that makes sense.Well, Lindows/Red Hay and Bloat – Lindows installs so fewapplications that anything bigger would seem like bloat. Itis something to see Lindows install – it’s so fast you think something surely must have gone wrong and it’s hosed.It’s that small though. 2002-10-15 5:14 am What dist is Lycoris originally based on?Just curious, I want to get a copy and let my newbie friends try it (and maybe try it on a spare partition on my own system). 2002-10-15 5:16 am I tried it and they do install very few apps (which is in fact why it’s faster). Though ‘small’, they aren’t missing important pieces. Rather, their problem is the pieces don’t work that well. Try for yourself. Lindows focuses their effort on their Warehouse and Builders program. Bad for Users though. 2002-10-15 5:18 am 1) “Yes but a new user wouldn’t be using Red Hat 7.3” why wouldn’t a new user use that. Red hat is the best know name in linux to new people. it may not be the newest but they still might be having that to start with for any of a million reasons.2) where are these firewall configurations for winXP I know how to turn it on and off and such, but i haven’t seen what appear to be a real configuration panel for it. Would be nice to know where that is. I don’t think finding the firewall on off is hard at all. and during the setup of a network with XP it points it out to you. 2002-10-15 2:43 pm I remember reading somewhere it is based on Caldera Linux. 2002-10-16 10:44 am Hiryu: Caldera OpenLinux.On Mozilla, it is, by golly, the best available for Lycoris *now*. Remember, Konqueror in KDE 2.2.2 sucks, hardly usable. Maybe when a version with KDE 3.x comes out, they might choose Konqeuror, who knows?