Hymera Open review

Want to take Hymera Open for a spin? Download a 3.0 GB DVD iso image from the download page. While you are waiting for the download to complete, enjoy more screen shots from Hymera Open’s desktop (Better to view the gallery in full screen mode).

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13 Comments

  1. Hymeria can be an interesting distro but I HATE the design… I hate 3-D dektops, Compiz, KDE4, plasma,the future Gnome3… I like the default Gnome2 two-panels design. So really, I can’t like this eye-candy crap! I’m sorry.

    About LVM and disk encryption, they can be useful for some but not for a ‘normal’ user. Idem for SELinux. Btw, they are rather/often a source of problem for a normal user. But if you’re “the paranoid of the district”… as you want. 😉

    If my PC is stolen? Well, and what? I’m not someone who administer one or more Linux servers for the NSA, the Army, the Department of Defense or something like that, neither a server database for a Swiss bank… lol Of course I just must have saved my documents but I have nothing to hide on my PC.

    The Surveillance Self-Defense site is interesting but ultra-paranoid! But I’m French and live in France…

  2. AFAIK, there is a Hymera English version:
    http://mirror.hymera.it/Hymera-Open-20090910_En.iso

    • Yep, and this review was based on the English version. The issues I drew attention, the localization issues, are supposed to have been fixed in a later release.

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  4. Hymera has its possibilities to be a great destro but until it’s a full English destro I will stay with Arch and Sidux. One thing that is a must have is, stability. I don’t see it in Hymera at this time. Keep working on the great designs,appearance and an all English destro.

  5. Without 64 bit support the distro is a no go. I can understand a one man project not having both a 32 bit and a 64 bit version but not a company like this. There is no excuse for them not to have one. They also need to get their language problem straightened out. Other than that it seems like a well put together distro.

    • I’m not in a position to speak for Hymera, but you can be sure that a 64-bit version is in the works. Pardus is in the same position. With regards to the language (localization) problem, a moderator in their forum said that that has been fixed in a newer release.

  6. Dowloaded 3 times the first DVD iso a few months ago and never booted the installed system, no matter what i did to solve it. I have downloaded this new version they offer and had exactly the same stupid xorg problems because the extremely lousy harware detection Hymera has.
    Every distro i use, even the worst of them boots on my machine but not Hymera.
    (Athlon64 3000+, 1GB, FX5600)

  7. I’d proclaim it a perfect desktop Linux distribution if the installer provided support for setting up LVM and disk encryption, and it came with a graphical firewall client installed and configured.

    Good review, however, I don’t agree with the previous sentences. IMO, LVM and partition encryption is not a key feature to a desktop distribution.

    • You can get away with LVM, but disk encryption is a must-have. It’s a very important component of a computer’s security posture. The major distros, that is, the “original” distros (Debian, Fedora, and Mandriva) all have installers with support for disk encryption. You should spend some time at Surveillance Self-Defense.

      Meanwhile, ponder this: If your PC is ever stolen, what’s going to be standing between your data and the PC’s new “owners?”

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