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Dreamlinux 3.5
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2 35103 05-01-2010
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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.0

Description: "The Dreamlinux team is pleased to announce the release of Dreamlinux 3.5. The default edition is Xfce with a GNOME edition also available. This release concentrates on portability, with special attention paid to out-of-the-box wireless drivers, netbook and laptop installs, and USB pen drive installs. Dreamlinux builds on the now stable Debian 'Lenny' base, with a host of custom scripts and applications to make everything from installation to getting on the Internet a breeze. Dreamlinux's famous remaster tools are included, as is an OEM installer and the ability to install directly from an ISO and/or Flexiboost directory structure. Main features: Linux kernel, new init script in initrd written in Lua, new icons, redesigned stock icons, new default GTK+ theme."
Keywords: Remaster-Tools Lua Debian-Based

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Old 05-16-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
Registered: Feb 2006
Distribution: lubuntu, fedora, lightning Linux.
Posts: 180

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: portable, common default programs, light-weight, smooth
Cons: not for servers, or highly technical use

I've used this one on live cd, USB, and now SCSI harddrive. Everything seems to work except some of the servers. I wanted Apache, SSH, and FTP servers. I did get them to work by rolling up my sleeves and hand compiling them from source the Debian way. The guts of the system is a true Debian. However, the system is lightweight, smooth, and looks really great with lots of eye candy. Compiz worked "out of the box." The launcher panel at the bottom of the screen looks and behaves like a Mac. My wireless card worked from the live cd, USB, and HD install.
It was a 20 minute install not including the time I took to partition. It boots fairly quickly. I think Gentoo and Slackware were the only systems I had boot faster.
One glitch I found was when I set up a screensaver, when I select certain ones to preview, it logged me out. Other than that, there's no complaints here.
Old 05-01-2010, 01:34 PM   #2
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
Posts: 5,125

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: It just works

My original review was based on a magazine cover disk which had several problems, but I've since used a CD from the distributor which shows that they have been removed.

The installer is fast and very easy to use (just one page of questions!) although it does expect partitioning to be done in advance. As one would expect from a Brazilian distro, all the codecs are pre-installed: every type of audio or video file I tried played perfectly.

There's a lot of eye-candy for those who like it, including a Mac-style dock that takes up rather a lot of screen if you have a small one. All this can be removed if you prefer a plainer approach.

The selection of software should give most people a good start: OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin, Gimp, Inkscape, Totem, Rhythmbox, Evince, Cheese, etc.

I would consider this comparable to Mint or Sabayon: excellent for the average home user.


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