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Old 01-22-2004, 06:28 PM   #1
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Lycoris desktop/lx

Hi, i was just looking at and i thought i might try it out... is desktop/lx worth it for AU$79?
Old 01-22-2004, 06:53 PM   #2
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why wont u check libranet 2.8.1 out instead :
it takes better reviews than lycoris , and i personally love it
Old 01-22-2004, 10:53 PM   #3
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As a former Lycoris user I'd have to say, it's good for getting your feet wet ( especially if you're very new to Linux and coming from Windoze). I used it for about 6 months and it was fine. Trouble is, I wanted to learn more about Linux and Lycoris doesn't really give you the feel of a 'real' Linux distro. Also Lycoris is heavily tweaked, and still uses a lot of old stuff like KDE 2.somethingorother. Not exactly cutting edge. Still, lot's of folks seem to like it.

I beleive you can still get a trial download from, although it's totally unsupported. However it may give you a feel for the os and help you decide if you really want to pony up $ for the real thing.
Old 01-22-2004, 10:57 PM   #4
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thanks, i'll check out libranet, im thinking about using Core, but im just new to linux, i want to expand my horizons, if you know what i mean...
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Re: Lycoris desktop/lx

Originally posted by .nyteshyft;
Hi, i was just looking at and i thought i might try it out... is desktop/lx worth it for AU$79?
I used to work for Lycoris Desktop/LX as a product support specialist. I also have a fondness for Libranet. They really meet two different needs. Lycoris is a really fine desktop system for those who DO NOT want to get deeply inside the internals of the system, but just want an easy to use, ready to go system, and they also want a system that's easy to update, has a nice look and feel, and doesn't require you to know lots of acronyms.

Libranet meets a different need. It is a very complete system, and it's also very customizable and upgradable. It trades off a bit of simplicity, compared to Lycoris, so it's not quite as newbie-ized as Lycoris, but on the other hand, you can potentially do a lot more with it, and you can customize it extensively using the tools that are provided.

So Lycoris is much simpler, but Libranet is much more functional. Both do what they do well, but their most common attribute is the Linux kernel and the core utilities. Beyond that, they target completely different markets. Geeks will definitely go for Libranet, consumers who aren't interested at all in the internals will go for Lycoris. The choice is yours. I wouldn't hesitate to use or recommend either of them - in fact, I have BOTH of them on my home system.


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