Look and feel of Vixta

I was just reading a Digg story about Vixta (a new Fedora-based distro designed to be eye-candy and user-friendly). In feel and look, it is supposed to be much like Vista. I am going to write down my experience with this new distro

Since I am already running out of space in my laptop, I normally use virtualbox(a virtual machine product) to try new distros. After making my virtual system (computer), I defined a virtual hard disk in my Big external hard disk, mounted the iso file I had downloaded (just as if I had burned a Vixta CD), and it was ready to boot.

There are two releases of the Vixta: 0.93 and 0.94. First I tried 0.93 which booted smoothly from the virtual CD room. Having the LiveCD mode as default, I could choose to run from RAM (+1GB needed). Not changing the default, I allowed the Vixta to boot up my virtual computer (256MB RAM and 16MB Graphic) and the eye candy screen was there impressively soon after. The first problem I had was that a part of screen was missing in my virtual box full-screen mode. I assume it has to do with the fact that I was running Vixta through virtual box and will not happen in real-computer boots. Vixta could detect my Ethernet and Internet was accessible right away.

Screen 0f Vixta 0.93 boot through Virtual Box

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Well Vixta is eye candy to be honest and has to some extent feel and look of Vista. I don’t really know how many people would want a vista-like Linux distro but I found it quite fun to have, say, bash in something like Vista. The default softwares are Open Office, FireFox, Konqueror, and there is a Control Panel just like … well you know. One nice thing was that I could lunch the bash line by right clicking in the desktop which is missing in some popular distros. There were a couple of other handy right click functioanlities which were Windows-like to some extent. The desktop configuration tool was also beautifull with possibility of getting new wall papers from KDE-look.org. I tried a couple of nice-looking wall papers.

I think the Vixta is less memory hungry than Vista as I could run it from my virtual system with 256MB RAM but guess needs more meory than say Ubuntu Dapper that I run on my old laptop (Interl Pentium M, 256MB RAM). Actually, Dapper runs faster on my old laptop than Vixta does on my virtual system.
Downside 1: It was not imeediately clear how Vixta can be installed on the hard disk
Downside 2: Though I had selected English as my language, there was seeminglt a track of Protougese (or something) language here and there

Then I tried the newer release: Vixta 0.94 which could not boot becuase of some sort of Kernel panic. Again it might have to do with running from Virtual Box.

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