Home > Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris > Lycoris Desktop/LX 1.4 Released Lycoris Desktop/LX 1.4 Released Eugenia Loli 2004-08-18 Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris 23 Comments The long awaited Lycoris Desktop/LX 1.4 has been officially released. Lycoris Desktop/LX 1.4 is available in two editions – Desktop (US$40) and Deluxe (US$50). About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 23 Comments 2004-08-18 8:55 am Don’t forget the PowerPak edition with CrossOver Office Standard! 2004-08-18 9:11 am I’d buy their kde themes ! But I won’t change OS just for that. 2004-08-18 9:30 am No iso to download? is it still based on caldera linux ? some screenshoot ? 2004-08-18 9:49 am >> some screenshoot ? http://www.lycoris.com/images/14desktopsmall.gif http://www.lycoris.com/images/sn10.jpg http://www.lycoris.com/images/sn11.jpg http://www.lycoris.com/images/sn12.jpg http://www.lycoris.com/images/sn13.jpg I think it looks ok, but could be much better. They should have been waiting until X.Org/COMPOSITE/DAMAGE is ready. That translucent kicker (which is enabled by default, afaik) just looks like a big and ugly hack right now (and it actually is). 2004-08-18 12:16 pm http://www.lycoris.com/images/14desktopsmall.gif does look nice tho :o) but the rest kinda put me off 2004-08-18 12:23 pm The “rest” are all of internal betas afaik, and all of them are weeks out of date. 2004-08-18 1:20 pm Is it me or does this look like a cross between Windows XP and OSX? Lycoris should use a better theme that sets them apart from the competition. Or atleast stand out as something different. 2004-08-18 1:56 pm I find it pretty unfortunate that Lycoris 1.4 ships with KDE 3.2 and kernel 2.4, when KDE 3.3 and kernel 2.6 are the latest! 2004-08-18 1:57 pm Is it me or does this look like a cross between Windows XP and OSX? Lycoris should use a better —- actually its just plastik theme which everyone loves in kde and a custom icon set. lycoris does specifically aim to look similar to windows for easier migration. a few other distros like xandros does something similar. 2004-08-18 2:16 pm >> I’d buy their kde themes ! But I won’t change OS just for that. The theme is no more less “Plastik theme” shipped for free with any distro ! Furthermore, there is many others at http://www.kde-theme.org 2004-08-18 2:21 pm You don’t necessarily need the newest and greatest features to make everything look nice. KDE 3.3 is still in beta anyway. They are on the current 3.2.3 KDE, which was just released June 9th. Kernel 2.4.27 was just released Aug 7, not old by any means either. I think they are fairly current. They just prefer to ride the back of the technology wave, and have a little more stable product, which is what they want to do. Provide a stable, easy to use linux desktop. 2004-08-18 2:34 pm SuSE provides KDE 3.3 in their update. I’m using it right now. Debian also has KDE 3.3 in unstable repository. 2004-08-18 2:48 pm Who cares if they are not on the bleeding edge. They offer a very nice Desktop OS to compete with MS. Why is it always this nagging about my distro and this distro. Use what you prefer or what makes you happy, just don’t troll for no other reason than just to be an a**hole. I’m just happy to be provided a choice on my PC, no matter what it’s called or who makes it. Choice is good, useless nagging is not. 2004-08-18 2:51 pm Just look at kde.org and you see that KDE 3.3 isn’t official yet. 2004-08-18 3:03 pm I am using KDE 2.2.2.x with Lycoris desktop/LX Version 1.3 It work very well and I get the necessary Job’s done. Word-processing, Mail and Web are my main Task. I really think that here are some good points to switch to version 3.2.x of KDE but I don’t think that the differences between 3.2.3 and 3.3 betas help me to get the actual work done better or faster. At the other hand “ Time is on my side”. I do my Job and some month later i will get the update for KDE 4.x. As a normal (windows) user I see no need to make system changes very time a new version is in the wild or until I have a good reason. 2004-08-18 6:05 pm SuSE provides KDE 3.3 in their update. I’m using it right now. How do I get to this update? I don’t see anything like this in YOU… I’m using 9.1 if that makesa difference. One of the things that bothered me about SuSE was no newer packages… have I been ignorant all along? 2004-08-18 6:22 pm I don’t see it in unstable for Deb, could you please show me where you are seeing this. 2004-08-18 6:36 pm You can download it from this site. ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/supplementary/KDE/update_for_9.1 2004-08-18 6:43 pm I don’t see it in unstable for Deb, could you please show me where you are seeing this. I saw it here. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/ Maybe not all packages has been updated to 3.3, but at least the kdebase has. 2004-08-18 10:03 pm “I find it pretty unfortunate that Lycoris 1.4 ships with KDE 3.2 and kernel 2.4, when KDE 3.3 and kernel 2.6 are the latest!” Who cares about the latest and greatest. As far as I can tell from KDE’s website, KDE 3.3 is NOT stable and was just to KDE 3.1 to 3.2. KDE 3.2.3 is stable and functional. As for Kernel 2.6 – 2.4 IMO and a lot of other people is a much stabler and most definently more mature kernel than 2.6. Sure 2.6 maybe a bit faster, but would your mom and dad rather have a little bit faster machine that has some problems or one that’s just a little slower and is mature and stable? I would choose 2.4 2004-08-18 10:04 pm All but http://www.lycoris.com/images/14desktopsmall.gif are from early beta’s of 1.4. The default look of 1.4 is much better now. 2004-08-18 10:07 pm “Who cares about the latest and greatest. As far as I can tell from KDE’s website, KDE 3.3 is NOT stable and was just to KDE 3.1 to 3.2. KDE 3.2.3 is stable and functional. ” That doesn’t really make much sense Should say: Who cares about the latest and greatest? As far as I can tell from KDE’s website, KDE 3.3 is NOT stable. Anyway, the upgrade from KDE 3.2.3 to KDE 3.3 is not as big as it was from 3.1 to 3.2, let alone from 2.2 to 3.2. KDE 3.2.3 is stable and functional. 2004-08-19 8:05 am Lycoris is intended for people who are used to windows and just want a stable and easy to use OS/distro that works for the basic tasks they do. And it succeeds very well at this aim. Congrats. to the lycoris team and good on them for providing an alternative for the “common mass” of computer users. If you have a noob friend or relative who can do without the hassles of the MS world then lycoris is a great introduction for them to the wonderful world of Gnu/linux. Cheers.