Most Linux distributions are designed for productive work. This isn’t one of them.
isn’t meant for actual work: instead, it wants to allow the user to see which desktop environment they like best. This is useful, because there are many desktop environments. Hybreyde is intended mostly for testing: developers recommend that you don’t install their distro, ever. Don’t believe me ? Keep reading!
About Hybryde Linux
Hybryde Linux’s latest release, Hybryde Fusion 13.04, is an update to the previous release “Hybryde Evolution 12.04”. It primarily comes with updated packages, but the idea between the two versions is the same. The distribution comes with 11 desktop environments – yes, 11. The list includes:
- GNOME 3 Fallback
- GNOME 3 Shell, which was an “evolution” for the Linux desktop
- Unity, which was a big leap forward in Linux (especially Ubuntu)
- Enlightenment 17, a good-looking lightweight Linux desktop environment
- Openbox, a highly minimalistic desktop environment
- Xfce, a light but full-fledged desktop environment
- LXDE, a desktop environment which excels on low-end systems
- MATE, a replica of the old Gnome 2 desktop environment
- Cinnamon, a “saner” desktop environment which uses Gnome 3 technologies
This is the sole reason why the ISO for Hybryde is quite large — 1.7GB to be exact.
There’s Got To Be More To It…
The secret sauce in Hybryde is that you can essentially run all of these desktop environments at the same time, as Hybryde allows you to move applications between desktop environments without having to log out and back in. In other words, it’s the perfect way to test out the majority of the most popular desktop environments on a whim.
Once you’re done trying out a desktop environment, you can just click on the return arrow button that you see on the right edge of your screen to go back and pick another desktop environment from the Hy-Menu.
Of course, Hybryde also comes with a few features in its own desktop environment, such as a “Magic” button which you can hit at the bottom of the screen to bring up what you see in the screenshot. You can then click the left-mode button to launch and interesting-looking app launcher, or the middle button to bring up some system stats. The right button exists out of this view.
It’s this mix of technologies that can cause the system to become sluggish or unstable at times, which is why it is not recommended for actual installation onto a system. Instead, the developers offer the distribution as “conceptual work”. It’s a good idea to take a look at Hybryde (which is based on Ubuntu) to determine the desktop environment you want, but then you should pick a distribution which supports your favorite desktop environment and install that instead.
Trying It Out
To give Hybryde Fusion a spin you’ll need to USB flashdrive with UNetBootin or with Linux Live USB Creator and boot off of that media, or you could install VirtualBox and run Hybryde through it. If you’re looking for a 64-bit version, I’m sorry to say that you’re out of luck. Again, the developers themselves said that Hybryde was conceptual work, so offering a 64-bit version would be rather pointless.. From there, you can either burn it to a DVD or
I definitely like the idea of Hybryde Linux, as it’s a good way to immediately test out different desktop environments without the struggle of switching ISOs or installing new environments. It would certainly help people new to Linux make their choices, as well as have them be aware of all the choices they have. And who knows, maybe even pro Linux users will find out that they enjoy a desktop environment more that they never really paid much attention to. However, I definitely agree that installing it to a system is a bad idea.
Be sure to check out other great Linux distributions, once you know which desktop environment you’d like.
What do you think of Hybryde Linux? Do you think you would use it for testing out desktop environments? Let us know in the comments!