Hybryde Linux13.04

GPL (GNU General Public License)    
4.0/5 6
An Ubuntu-based distribution of Linux specifically designed for desktop computers

editor's review





Hybryde Linux is an open source and completely free distribution of Linux that includes a wide range of windows managers and desktop environments, and it is based on the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu.

Available for download as a 32-bit Live DVD

The distro can be downloaded via Softpedia or directly from its official website as a Live DVD ISO image tagged with the i386 architecture, which means that while it will run on both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (x86_64) computers, it will only support 32-bit applications.

Boot options

While the Live DVD has been instructed to start the live environment with default boot options in ten seconds from the moment the user boots it from the BIOS of a PC using either a DVD disc or a USB thumb drive, it comes with a comprehensive boot screen that allow you to start the live system with support for the French language, in compatibility mode, run a memory test or boot from the local drive.

Includes a wide range of graphical desktops

As mentioned, the main emphasis of this Ubuntu-based distribution is on the multitude of desktop environments and window managers, among which we can mention Enlightenment, GNOME with GNOME Shell, GNOME with GNOME Fallback (also known as GNOME Classic), KDE Plasma, LXDE, Openbox, Unity, Xfce and FVWM.

Default applications

Each of the aforementioned desktops and WMs include the same amount of software packages. It features some of the best of breed open source applications ranging from video and audio players to web browsers and chat clients.

Bottom line

Hybryde Linux’s most unusual feature is an option to switch rapidly between multiple desktop environments and window managers, without logging out, making it a unique distribution of Linux suitable for users who want to test various graphical environments. It’s suitable for low-end and high-end machines.

Hybryde Linux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 1st, 2014
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