Dreamlinux

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FEATURE DESCRIPTION
KEY FEATURES Dreamlinux is a Brazilian distribution, which utilises Morphix's modular structure, Kanotix's hardware detetion, Debian's packages and Elive's Engage dock. The overall look is similar to Mac OS X.
Supported architectures i386
Minimal hardware requirements
Software freedom status Mixture of open source and proprietary sofware, including all media codecs. Additional non-free components such as Firefox and Google Earth are available through the Easy-Install package.
INSTALLATION
Installer - overall Dreamlinux installs from the LiveCD, and the 2.2 Multimedia GL Edition came with a new installer. There is just one dialog box in which you have to enter information. It is simple for those new to Linux to install, but does allow more complex features such as custom mountpoints.
Package selection Packages cannot be installed during the installation.
Predefined package groups Only the default selection is available.
Expert mode install No special expert mode is available but the installer can be used to do complex tasks.
Graphical installer Available on the LiveCD since the first release.
Installer speed (6) The Live-CD installation is fast, as it is running on Xfce, which is faster than GNOME and KDE.
CONFIGURATION
Graphical system management Dreamlinux has its own control panel. There are graphical tools for everything including: installing wireless drivers via ndiswrapper, Engage configuration, updating the system, archiving and extracting files, simplified installation of non-free software, an appet to mount disks, a Network Manager for Wi-Fi support and more.
Console-based system management (8) Very good package configuration tool - debconf - from Debian project.
PACKAGE SYSTEM
Number of packages Dreamlinux is compatible with Debian packages, and the only repositories enabled by default are the Debian Etch, Debian Multimedia and Beryl repositories.
Package management, automatic dependency resolving (8) Dpkg, APT and aptitude - Debian package management tools are among the leading GNU/Linux tools for software management. Installing software in Dreamlinux is simple and troubleless, and certainly much more pleasurable than in most distributions using the RPM format. Only Smart package manager is considered superior to APT (however, it can be used in Dreamlinux as well).
Graphical package management tools (8) Synaptic - a graphical frontend to APT - a software installation and update tool, very useful if someone likes to click rather than type. Dreamlinux also includes an Easy-Install package which allows simple, graphical installation of non-free applications that couldn't be included in Dreamlinux due to copyright issues. Such applications include Firefox, Opera and Google Earth.
PERFORMANCE
System boot-up speed ?
System responsiveness Good responsiveness of the system, as it uses Xfce.
STABILITY/SECURITY
Popularity Dreamlinux is in the top 20 according to Distrowatch, but it is certainly not as popular as larger distributions such as OpenSUSE and Ubuntu. The community is small but helpful.
Security focus ?
Stability and maturity Dreamlinux is based on Debian, which is one of the most stable and mature distributions available. The 2.2 MMGL release uses the Etch repositories. Normally, the Debian testing repositories are used, but Etch went stale during Dreamlinux's development cycle.
INTERNATIONALIZATION
Does the installer support multiple languages? Dreamlinux comes in 2 lanugages - English and Portugese, each of which has a separate iso file.
Is the system localized after installation? The installed system will be in the same language as the iso file downloaded.
Is manual system localization easy? ?
APPLICATIONS/NETWORK
Support for restricted formats As a multimedia-oriented distribution, Dreamlinux needs to support all restricted formats, which is does.
Sagem DSL modem support ?
Alcatel DSL modem support ?
ISDN support ?
Wireless support Dreamlinux recognises most network crads. If it doesn't, there is a graphical frontend to ndiswrapper available, so Windows drivers can be used. There is also a network admin tool available to configure network connections.

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