Back to the desktop, after closing the Magic overlay, and clicking on the Hybryde tab reveals the other feature of this distribution – the one that makes it possible to take other desktop environments for a spin. And there are 11 of them that you can test-drive just by clicking on the button that corresponds to the desktop. From left to right, they are: Enlightenment 17 or E17, GNOME 3, GNOME 2, KDE, LXDE, Openbox, Unity, Fvwm, Xfce, MATE, and Cinnamon. A default installation takes up less than 5.2 GB of disk space.
This is a screen shot of the Cinnamon desktop. Regardless of the desktop environment you are test driving, all installed applications are accessible from it, not just those specific to the particular desktop environment.
After testing-driving a desktop environment, simply logout or click on the button smack in the middle of the right-edge of the desktop to go back to the main desktop. So I can circle through 11 desktop from a single installation. That’s neat.
Just another screen shot of the desktop showing a different desktop background.
Yet another desktop background.
Yet another screen shot of the desktop.
Like all Linux distributions, Hybryde Fusion Linux is free to download. At this stage, only a 32-bit installation image has been released. You may download it from the project’s website here.
Care to take a stab at translating the text in the Info window?
Max (see his comments) has translated the text in these images. I’ve just copied them verbatim into the article to make it easier for all to read. The translation appears below the image.
The menu uses a SQL Database optimized to ease navigation and to speed it execution. The little cross beside every application allows to add the app into the left dash. The menu can be edited using AppFilter in /usr/share/hybryde/hy-d-v1 or in the right dash.
The Left Dash
This dash contains the user’s favorite applications. It appears on click on the left panel’s button. To remove an application, just right click on the application’s icon.
The right dash shows the user’s repertories*, wallpapers and hy-d-v1′s themes. Eventually, it will have more functionalities like weather info’s, system info’s, music widget, etc.
This bar shows the sound and the internet controller, plus every application able to be embedded in the systray. It also shows active windows.
This button was planned for the Hybryde version of hy-d-v1. It content could be adapt to be use in other projects.
Although hy-d-v1 can work without composite manager, it is strongly not recommended since bugs appear and remove it charm. Metacity is used as composite manager, it is not necessary to install compiz or mutter.
HY-D-V1 is written in python respecting the PEP8 Style Guide. Every modules were compiled with Cython to work on Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.03. Sources codes or not on this version, but are freely available on our web site. The SQL database only stock HY-D-V1′s informations, never personal informations from the user. The HY-D-V1 project is under the GPL license.
HY-D-V1 was based upon Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 13.04, we cannot ensure it will work under other versions of ubuntu. Updates will be available using the PPA.
HY-D-V1 without Hybryde
HY-D-V1 can be install directly using our PPA under Ubuntu 12.03 and 13.04. The multidesktop functionality cannot be installed this way.
A version working on Debian is currently under investigation.
Contribute to HY-D-V1
Every contribution is welcome, do not hesitate to contact us and to benefit the community of your creations.