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Pyrolinux 1.0 Gives Off Little Heat
January 7, 2008
It's not every day you see the launch of a brand new Linux distribution, so when I heard that Pyrolinux 1.0 was released over Christmas, I thought I'd take a look. Pyrolinux is based on Linux Mint, which is itself a modified version of Ubuntu, so I suppose the term "new distribution" only loosely applies here.
Here's the vital statistics:
I downloaded the LiveCD from the Pyrolinux web site and despite having only one available download mirror I found it was very fast; the full 700mb image was retrieved in 20 minutes.
Placing the disk into the machine, I booted it up and was greeted by the white splash screen (see Figure 1). I chose the default
This is not a problem, normally, as I just boot with the
I quickly realized this was because the the boot menu has a white background and the developers obviously never changed the text color from its default white. White text on a white background doesn't really work. I took a pragmatic approach and blindly typed the command in anyway hoping to strike it lucky. It failed the first time but I succeeded at the second attempt. It felt like some kind of unnecessary logic puzzle and wasn't the best start for Pyro. I can only assume the developers never tested this functionality and didn't expected anyone to use it but it's still a major oversight.
I was then greeted by the warning
I had to move the mouse to the top or bottom of the screen to scroll the display and reach the menu bar, another problem I've seen in Ubuntu and Mint installs, so I wasn't surprised. I was able to install without further incident. I didn't see any changes in Pyrolinux from the default Ubuntu installer though. Every screen was the same, so you'd expect it to work.
The system installed in just over 9 mins, including the reformatting of a 200-Gb drive, which was impressive though I've come to expect that from the Ubuntu installer.