company started by Joseph Cheek who incidentally worked for both Linuxcare
in the past.
was widely rumored to be vaporware
for a long time but is currently available both for download
and in a box
. It's a very pretty
distribution with a focus
on taking the scary
factor out of Linux
. The default
install looks very much like Windows XP
even down to the Teletubbies
and the style of the icon
s. Even the structure
of the desktop
is very similar to the Windows paradigm
with a Network Browser
replacing the more familiar Network Neighborhood
icon. The environment
itself is KDE
which lends itself well to building a very Windows
Even the company's web site looks a lot like the Microsoft site. There was quite a bit of speculation about potential lawsuits because the initial name for the distribution was Redmond Linux. The name change eliminated the most obvious suit fodder especially given the heat that Lindows got.
Most folks in the open source/geek community have been very critical of Lycoris for any number of reasons. Some people feel that turning Linux into a virtual Windows is a bad idea while others have been turned off by the degree of hand holding involved in the installation of this distribution. Opinions aside the first release is pretty buggy and more difficult to install than the press releases hinted at.