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Pyrolinux 1.0 Gives Off Little Heat - page 3

Installation

  • January 7, 2008
  • By Dan Lynch

I found Pyrolinux a little disappointing. I can't see many changes from Ubuntu and they've even removed some of the more advanced features added by Mint. I was able to use the system and get a fully functional desktop but it really just felt like Ubuntu with AWN and a red desktop background, not a new distribution by any means. A quick look at the About page of the Pyrolinux website confirms this, they say:

"PyroLinux is a Ubuntu/LinuxMint-based distribution and as such it is very solid and it comes with one of the greatest package managers. Almost all of Pyrolinux is built off LinuxMint/Ubuntu, so most of the credit should go to them, we are simply modifying it and trying to make it better!"

That's fair enough, but I can't see what they've done to improve Ubuntu/Mint other than install AWN and change the theme. The system seemed buggy to me and the problems with the installation were frustrating: the text color mix up with the boot parameters left me guessing at what I'd written; the use of Envy instead of just leaving the Ubuntu Restricted Driver Manager in place seems misguided to me; and the overall speed of the system did not meet my expectations.

I can't see how this distribution intends to distinguish itself in a crowded market space and it seems to lack some ambition in my opinion. It's almost the opposite situation to my last review of Pardus 2007.3, a distribution that's built it's own package manager and many other innovative tools. Pyrolinux feels like just a rebranding of Ubuntu and not a lot more.

We should remember that this is the first release of this distro, so I shouldn't be too hard on it. I think they have a lot of problems to iron out. It takes time to get a new project off the ground and I understand that, so I'd like to see some actual developments or additions that qualify this as its own distribution.

I used to have the same perception of Linux Mint but they've since taken the initiative and added their own innovative tools like MintUpdate, MintUpload, MintAssistant, and the excellent Software Portal. I really hope that Pyrolinux is just finding its feet and trying to establish a solid base before doing something more interesting. If this is not the case do we really need another Linux Mint? I'm not so sure.

On this evidence, my advice to any Linux newcomers who want an enhanced version of Ubuntu would be to download yourself a copy of Linux Mint 4.0 and leave Pyrolinux till it's a bit more developed. You can install AWN in either Ubuntu or Mint in a couple of minutes if you want to mirror Pyro's current functionality.

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