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Old 30. Aug 2014, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I touched on this one briefly here.

Since then, a local demand necessitated a longer look and a request to install it on two systems. I was so impressed, I also installed it on my own desktop.

Apart from the masses of tweaks already installed and preconfigured, there is a whole swathe of apps for everything you could possibly need, including Wine (for Windows apps) and the Tor browser.

http://cylonlinux.weebly.com/

I put together a short video here showing some of the features.
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Fire menus, animated window open/close, plus smooth and fast displays. Looks good. BTW, what's your hardware specs, MC?
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Fire menus, animated window open/close, plus smooth and fast displays. Looks good. BTW, what's your hardware specs, MC?
This is a new desktop with an i5 and 8G.

Not surprisingly, all the distros that previously gave me issues (or wouldn't load at all as a live session) with an AMD/NVIDIA combination are all as smooth as silk on this one.

The good thing about Cylon is what you see in the video comes preconfigured out of the box, apart from my loading some more themes into Emerald.
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This is a new desktop with an i5 and 8G.

Not surprisingly, all the distros that previously gave me issues (or wouldn't load at all as a live session) with an AMD/NVIDIA combination are all as smooth as silk on this one.

The good thing about Cylon is what you see in the video comes preconfigured out of the box, apart from my loading some more themes into Emerald.
Amazing what a new machine does yet on the otherhand it is strange that you had so many problems with the other pc s as arent these distros supposed to work on all but the oldest pc ?
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Amazing what a new machine does yet on the otherhand it is strange that you had so many problems with the other pc s as arent these distros supposed to work on all but the oldest pc ?
In theory yes. My other two machines however were constructed locally and it's the graphics cards that cause the main problem. To be fair this only applied to about 10% of the (many ) distros I tried. Most would load into a live session but then freeze up on opening say Firefox or Thunderbird. I tried the supposed legacy driver for this card but it made no difference. There probably was a more successful solution available but with so many great distros to choose from, it was just easier to move on to something else.
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I asked for a review and now it is here:
http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Cy...ore-81175.html
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Good job.

My first task with most distros is to remove whatever Plank or Docky rubbish there might be and use whats left in traditional desktop mode, but unless you love KDE, admittedly you're stuck for options with Gnome 3.

I also don't understand the emphasis the review places on virtual desktops unless it is aimed at more than just general users. IMO the way this distro is softwared up and the buckets full of eye candy aims it squarely at general users who won't be that bothered about where there VD's have gone.

With so much choice around, Linux users can be quite fickle and I'm no exception. All I will say is that along with SuperX, Cylon has remained in daily use on my PC for longer than anything else.
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All I will say is that along with SuperX, Cylon has remained in daily use on my PC for longer than anything else.
Longer than Windows?
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Longer than Windows?
Windows 7 is on all my PC's alongside at least one Linux distribution, but I only use it to test Windows programs, or when responding to comments/support requests related to Windows.
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Will this run in VirtualBox?
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