Hybryde Fusion is a new desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Unlike most other Ubuntu-based distributions, it brings a few interesting features to the table.
Hybryde Fusion 13.04 is the distribution’s first release and the developer, Larrieu Olivier, is based in France. I’m still playing with a test installation, so this is not a review, but a presentation of a bunch of screen shots just to show what this distribution has to offer.
From the release number, you can probably guess that it is based on Ubuntu Desktop 13.04. But what you cannot guess from the name or release number is that it ships with its own desktop environment called HY-D-V1. It also makes it super easy to test-drive other desktop environments from the same installation, without ever rebooting the computer or logging out of the current desktop. I’ll get to that feature further down.
This is what HY-D-V1 desktop looks like. It has a top and a bottom panel. For the default install, the top panel simply holds the audio control and network manager applets. On the bottom panel are the date applet and five tabs.
On click, the tab at the extreme right of the bottom panel gives you access to the folders in your home directory, a utility to change the desktop background, applications menu, and access to system information.
Out of the box, there are 24 desktop background images to choose from. Just click on your choice and the background changes.
Clicking on the Apps Manager tab brings up an application menu window on the desktop. This is the same menu that you get by clicking on the Application tab to the left of the desktop.
Aside from the first two sections of the Info window, the rest are in French. Unfortunately, my French is not that good to attempt a translation, and copying-and-pasting from the window is not supported, so I could not use a machine translation service to translate it. If you can read the language, I’ll post several screen shots of the window for you to translate.
Not quite sure what the tab to the far left of the desktop is for, but it looks like it is designed to show recently or frequently-used applications. Right next to it is the Applications tab, which functions like any other applications menu. It has some semblance to the Cinnamon menu. Applications under each category are revealed on hover, not on click.
This screen shot shows what you’ll see if the Magic tab is clicked. It is an overlay that shows date and time information as well as access to the APPS, SYS and CLOSE buttons.
The APPS button duplicates the function of the Applications tab, but offers the view of installed applications in a different and more visually-appealing manner. Application categories are represented by buttons in a top bar, and to the bottom-left of that bar is a search box.
Use the search box to look for installed applications.
Or click on an application category to reveal the applications under it.