Lycoris Desktop/LX Amethyst Update 2 operating system

The $US30 Desktop/LX distribution from upstart Lycoris demonstrates that Microsoft's monopoly on friendly OSes for the PC could be coming to a close. I looked at a late beta version of Desktop/LX Amethyst Update 2.

Installing a copy on my 500MHz Pentium III PC was easy. When finished, your PC starts Desktop/LX without rebooting. One catch: you'll need 700MB of unpartitioned space on your hard drive if you plan to install it alongside an existing Windows installation.

Desktop/LX is built atop the K Desktop Environment, one of two major competing interfaces for Linux. Icons represent your PC, network, and documents. The start menu is smartly organised into sections.

Desktop/LX offers Mozilla and KDE's Konqueror for Web browsing, both configured to support Flash, Java and RealVideo. The default e-mail client is Mozilla's, although KDE's native e-mail client, KMail, is available.

For office work, Lycoris has Koffice. Its apps can import Microsoft Office files but can't export them. Also included are Acrobat Reader, the Gimp (a Photoshop-like image editor), CD writing software, and a solid update utility.

Unfortunately, Desktop/LX lacks some important functions. Linux-based computers can sync with Palm PDAs, but Desktop/LX-based PCs can't. And if your digital camera is less than a year or two old, Desktop/LX may not talk to it, either. All of these problems can be solved, but unless you're Linux-savvy, you won't know where to begin. And that under­cuts the concept of a no-hassle Linux package.

The bottom line? Desktop/LX is a stable, friendly, and inexpensive environment for browsing the Web, sending e-mail, and working with office documents.

In brief:Lycoris Desktop/LX Amethyst Update 2(Beta software, not rated).

Friendly OS alternative, but not as fully-featured as Windows.

Price: $US30.

URL: www.lycoris.com.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matthew Newton

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?