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Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby sarahmarienc on Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:22 pm

Don't worry, my heart is with you all.

Just looking for something interesting to play around with and maybe dual boot with Mint. How similar are they? How different are they?

It looks easy on the eyes. Is it?

I'm actually curious about the xfce version. I know Mint has an xfce version but I like Gnome and don't want to mess with it.

Maybe I should just download it and burn the Live CD and run it Live. If it turns out to be a nice fit, it may be something I'll put on another computer in the house when we get a new screen for it.

Pros? Cons? Opinions?
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby badmotor on Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:32 pm

Yep, I use it (as well as Mint of course) and I really like it. Using 3.5RC4 at the moment and can't wait until 3.5 final comes out. XFCE is more stripped down than Gnome (obviously), but it still has everything I need and there are nice things about it like right-clicking on the screen brings up the entire menu. It is fast, and the Engage dock-bar is nice looking and doesn't need compiz to run so you have a quick machine.

The icons are very nicely designed, and the login screen is beautiful. Installing codecs are done with the click of one button. There is the odd con, like you have to click through about 3 windows to adjust some of the appearances, but overall I like it. XFCE is not for everyone, but you should defintely try it out - helpful community too.

Incidentally, the best DVD playback I have ever had has been in Dreamlinux in Totem - better than XP or Vista.
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby sarahmarienc on Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:00 pm

badmotor wrote:Yep, I use it (as well as Mint of course) and I really like it. Using 3.5RC4 at the moment and can't wait until 3.5 final comes out. XFCE is more stripped down than Gnome (obviously), but it still has everything I need and there are nice things about it like right-clicking on the screen brings up the entire menu. It is fast, and the Engage dock-bar is nice looking and doesn't need compiz to run so you have a quick machine.

The icons are very nicely designed, and the login screen is beautiful. Installing codecs are done with the click of one button. There is the odd con, like you have to click through about 3 windows to adjust some of the appearances, but overall I like it. XFCE is not for everyone, but you should defintely try it out - helpful community too.

Incidentally, the best DVD playback I have ever had has been in Dreamlinux in Totem - better than XP or Vista.


Thanks! Nice fair review. I've been curious about xfce for a while. Did you see that you can overlay gnome with your DreamLinux Xfce 3.5 RC 4? Have you tried it? Sounds interesting. It's done with command from what I can tell. Codecs with the click of a button huh? That's a pretty neat option. I'm downloading the ISO now. Hopefully will get to use the Live CD tonight. I think xfce might be more of the variation for my husband if he were to ever switch to linux, which is why I want to try it. So that if he ever lets me switch him over, I can help him :)
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby exploder on Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:59 pm

I have tried Dream Linux a couple of times, they do a nice job using Debian.I look at tons of Linux Distributions! It is really interesting seeing how different developer's build a system. Dream Linux imitates the look of the Mac OS and it is a lot of fun checking it out!
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby badmotor on Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:46 am

Yeah, sure - give it a shot. I think they are on to a good thing - 3.5 has really upped the ante for them. XFCE is so simple to use, I'm sure your husband will enjoy it - I think I will try the Gnome version once 3.5 final comes out (due before end of December, but the best thing is they have the old "it's done when it's done" approach, so you know it will be done properly). Considering (just like Mint) there are so few developers involved, they do top work.

I will be taking my laptop away for Christmas holiday knowing I can play DVD's really well for my daughter (in a Beta version no less) of Dreamlinux.

At the end of the day, I think the Linux communities (Mint, Dreamlinux especially) that work so hard on everything really need to be commended (sorry - bear with me, I've had a couple of glasses of red wine) need to be held up in high regard. Doing such good work for small reward, and so many of us benefit greatly. The likes of the Fedora community who do so much good work - I don't like to use Fedora personally, but what they develop ends up downstream and benefits all of us. Even I have the odd complaint, but really I am proud of the good work being done here and in the Linux community in general.
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby sarahmarienc on Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:13 am

badmotor wrote:Yeah, sure - give it a shot. I think they are on to a good thing - 3.5 has really upped the ante for them. XFCE is so simple to use, I'm sure your husband will enjoy it - I think I will try the Gnome version once 3.5 final comes out (due before end of December, but the best thing is they have the old "it's done when it's done" approach, so you know it will be done properly). Considering (just like Mint) there are so few developers involved, they do top work.

I will be taking my laptop away for Christmas holiday knowing I can play DVD's really well for my daughter (in a Beta version no less) of Dreamlinux.

At the end of the day, I think the Linux communities (Mint, Dreamlinux especially) that work so hard on everything really need to be commended (sorry - bear with me, I've had a couple of glasses of red wine) need to be held up in high regard. Doing such good work for small reward, and so many of us benefit greatly. The likes of the Fedora community who do so much good work - I don't like to use Fedora personally, but what they develop ends up downstream and benefits all of us. Even I have the odd complaint, but really I am proud of the good work being done here and in the Linux community in general.


couldnt have said it better myself!! two thumbs up!
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby frogimus on Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:51 am

Actually, I am here giving Mint the test drive after hearing all the glowing reviews for it on the DreamLinux forum :).

<looks around> Yep, Mint has done a super job with Gnome. It is nice to see a 'buntu derivative that runs lean and quick.

I think I've found the distro of choice for when I want to run Gnome instead of XFCE. Great job!!
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby tawan on Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:57 pm

Mint is superb but I'm checking out Dream now they do some things very nicely. (nothing to make me jump ship though)

I will report back with some observations as I play more..

badmotor wrote:...Doing such good work for small reward, and so many of us benefit greatly. ...but really I am proud of the good work being done here and in the Linux community in general.


yeah, i know you'd had a couple of glasses of wine but am sure you'd stand by those words :) It is wonderful what the linux gnu community do for us all, we are in their debt.
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby Zero Prime on Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:06 pm

frogimus wrote:Actually, I am here giving Mint the test drive after hearing all the glowing reviews for it on the DreamLinux forum :).

<looks around> Yep, Mint has done a super job with Gnome. It is nice to see a 'buntu derivative that runs lean and quick.

I think I've found the distro of choice for when I want to run Gnome instead of XFCE. Great job!!

It's not an Ubuntu derivative, it's based on Debian, not Ubuntu.
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby GrayWizardLinux on Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:42 am

I could not get wireless going at all! but it looked interesting ---- no wireless makes it a deal breaker. Too bad - I liked the dock and the xfce or whatever. But I need something that works. Forums seem quite dead re: help and responses.
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby badmotor on Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:42 pm

GrayWizardLinux wrote:I could not get wireless going at all! but it looked interesting ---- no wireless makes it a deal breaker. Too bad - I liked the dock and the xfce or whatever. But I need something that works. Forums seem quite dead re: help and responses.


I think most forums seem dead compared to this one :D but I have always had plenty of help on there. Haven't tried to get wireless happening though. The main thing I liked about Mandriva and Fedora was the fact wireless was running out of the box - if we can get that support happening with the Debian/Mint usability, we'll be onto a real winner!
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby frogimus on Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:43 pm

Zero Prime wrote:It's not an Ubuntu derivative, it's based on Debian, not Ubuntu.


From the Felicia announcement
Introduction to Linux Mint 6 and new features:

Based on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Linux 2.6.27, Gnome 2.24...


But even so, Mint gets a partition on my drive
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby sarahmarienc on Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:17 pm

GrayWizardLinux wrote:I could not get wireless going at all! but it looked interesting ---- no wireless makes it a deal breaker. Too bad - I liked the dock and the xfce or whatever. But I need something that works. Forums seem quite dead re: help and responses.


I had the wireless issue as well. It looked nice and was fun to play with but wireless is essential.
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby frogimus on Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:18 pm

Well, check it out next month (January) when the 3.5 official release hits the mirrors. Word is, they are switching to wicd for wireless. Funny thing about hardware, you never know which distro is gonna fit yours the best. I have Mandriva and Mint partitions, but I do most of my work in DL because everything works - from syncing my Bluetooth smartphone to having all the #!$$% proprietary codecs
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby Zero Prime on Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:03 pm

frogimus wrote:
Zero Prime wrote:It's not an Ubuntu derivative, it's based on Debian, not Ubuntu.


From the Felicia announcement
Introduction to Linux Mint 6 and new features:

Based on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Linux 2.6.27, Gnome 2.24...


But even so, Mint gets a partition on my drive

I'm sorry, I thought you were referring to Dream Linux :)
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby nitehawk on Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:38 pm

I just got the live CD of Dreamlinux 3.2 (from linuxcd.org) and it's really very nice! I'm disappointed, however,...'cause I can't get it to install on my hard drive (hangs at 91% when installing grub). I searched (and posted) on their forum,....and see that others have had the same problem with DL 3.2. They suggest going to a certain site, and downloading the newer installer (guess the one that comes on the DL 3.2 has a glitch).....
But with my small dialup service,....downloading the installer just isn't feasible. {Alas.}
Well,....at least I have good ol' Mint. :roll:

EDIT: Finally got DL on the hard drive,...actually it's xfce desktop looks pretty good.
"Santa" brought me two nice used computers for Christmas, though,...and Linux Mint is for sure going on
the Dell 2.8Ghz--512ram--160 hard drive...... :D
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Re: Anyone Use Dream Linux?

Postby Ssurno on Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:43 pm

I have used DL and I must say that I was inpressed, for me the LiveCD was blazing fast and it looks great without any tweaking. Though, it didn't replace Mint. Plus I have a Broadcom WiFi card, and DL doesn't play nice with it at all. However, aside from that it's a great distro especially if like Xfce.
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