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Hymera Open Review

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Hymera is a Debian-based, GNU/Linux operating system. It is a relatively brand new distribution developed and maintained by Hymera Engineering S.r.l., an Information Technology outfit based in Milan, Italy. Hymera Engineering publishes four versions of their Linux distribution – Hymera Open, Hymera Desktop, Hymera Evolution, and Hymera Server. This review is of Hymera Open, the free, desktop-oriented version.

Installation: Hymera features a very beautiful graphical installer. It is a slightly retooled version of a pre-5.0 Debian installer. Most aspects of the installer are automated. While that makes the installation process faster, it has its drawbacks. For example, you can’t choose your keyboard layout and timezone. That wouldn’t be such a big deal if the installer accurately detects them, but it does not. GRUB is the boot loader, installed by default in the MBR. No option to install it anywhere else

Per disk partitioning, the installer offers two options – Guided Partitioning and Manual. If you opt for Guided Partitioning, the installer creates one main partition, /, and a partition of about 1.5 GB for swap. The default file system for / is ext4. Other available journaling file systems are ext3, reiserfs, jfs, and xfs. There is support for soft-RAID, but not for LVM and disk encryption.

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