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HandyLinux 1.6
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1 1463 08-03-2014
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No recommendations None indicated 6.0



Description: The just-announced version 1.6 is the project's first release that merges the French and English flavours into one download, available for the i486 and i686 (PAE) architectures. There is a long list of other changes and new features, including: improvements in the accessibility menu; addition of keyboard shortcuts that make use of the Windows key; addition of BigBuckBunny to video samples; addition of safe mode start-up to the live menu; addition of keyboard selection for the live session; integration of HandyLinux meta-packages; addition of apt/preferences file for installing LibreOffice and backports; switch to the IcedTea 7 Java plugin....
Keywords: Debian-based French English BigBuckBunny


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Old 08-03-2014, 05:23 AM   #1
DavidMcCann
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
Posts: 3,064

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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6

Pros: Usable
Cons: but not as good as the competition



HandyLinux is a French distro which has only recently started supporting English. The documentation is not yet completely translated, and the forum is mostly in French ó all the information on UEFI and secure boot is in French ó so this may be a problem. I tested the 686 version.

A usb installer cannot be created with unetbootin but there are instructions for using the Windows usb-creator or dd in Linux. If you need to double-boot with Windows, partitioning should be done from the live session using gparted, as the installerís partitioning feature is far from easy. Otherwise, installation is simple and takes only ten minutes.

The Xfce panel has no pager and a phone-style menu, but that can be rectified. The software included LibreOffice (with no English dictionary), Chromium, Icedove mail client, and VLC (with codecs). On my computer Chromium refused to run and gave no error messages, so I replaced it with Midori. Chromium was a silly choice for a 32-bit system, as it wonít play flash videos on AMD hardware. There was a struggle, as usual with Debian, to enable my usb speakers and even then the volume buttons on the keyboard failed to work. Also as usual in Debian, the firewall is disabled: a bad idea with the increasing use of USB modems.

As a Debian-based Xfce distro, Handy is competing with AntiX, Linux Lite, OS4 Open Linux, and ZevenOS. Itís perfectly usable, but those are rather better and fully supported in English.
 




  



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