DreamLinux 2.0 Works & XGL version

Posted: July 31, 2006 in (App) Software review, General Area

dreamlinux 2

I recently tried these out, there almost identical, as a matter of fact the only difference, is the built in addition of XGL added to the modules on the XGL version naturally. Running the distro from the “Live” cd doesn’t give you the full performanc eand effects as installing it to your HDD, but you can get a general idea of how things look and work, so play around with the live version before considering the full installation.

The OS looks a lot like Mac OS X, but with a linux feel, and I have to say that it comes with a nice set of software pre-installed which is a double plus. I couldn’t get the XGL version to work properly, even after a full install , and using a Nvidia card, that is listed as fully compatible on their website. X server fails to initialize, meaning that you cannot log into the GUI. I however can disable 3d acceleration, and log into the GUI (from the live version), but without 3d acceleration, there is really no point, since it would be running the XGL version of Dreamlinux, without the XGL, therefore, I’d basically be running the WORKS ed. I haven’t had the time to really get in depth with it, so there are a few things that I want to test out, for one, I’d like to see a distro with built in DvD playback and support natively, which yes, I understand that it’s technically illegal to include them due to some stupid restrictions, but maybe a distro with built in VLC (which plays DvD’s natively).

Dreamlinux is very powerful and for being so robust, I’m a little suprised that the entire install fits on a regular CD. So remember to update your version as soon as you install it (if you decide to that is) to increase stability and usability.

I also want to take some time and jsut add XGL to the WORKS version, which would be very similiar to the walkthrough on SuSe 10.1. I feel that installing the Nvidia drivers myself from Nvidia’s website, would probably allow me to run it with 3d acceleration.

Dreamlinux is definately a distro to keep an eye on, and the whole package is nicely assembled..shit they (Dreamlinux team) even have added a nice aero glass look to their website, and that beats the shit off of downloading from a repository, and to the “not-so-technically-inclined” , it doesn’t seem so scary. I’ve long been a fan of Live distributions, as it allows the end user to decide whether or not to install it.

If you are more technically inclined and what to build or add modules to Dreamlinux (or start from the ground up), you can use MKdistro, which is also located on thier website . I will be playing around with this quiet a bit since it is a graphically beautiful OS, and as I said before, robust with an everyday users software, and best of all, it’s free.

Feel free to comment if you have any questions or are a current user of Dreamlinux and have something good or bad to say about it.

I think the only negative thing I can say at the moment, is the slow speed of navigating through their website.

  1. opNickC says:

    About DVD playback – the website says it comes with mplayer. I thought mplayer came with DVD support, though I could be mistaken.

    This looks like a nice distro, I think I’ll give it a try.

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