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Hybryde Fusion: A very unique Linux distribution

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Hybryde Fusion is a new desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Unlike most other Ubuntu-based distributions, it brings a few interesting features to the table.

Hybryde Fusion 13.04 is the distribution’s first release and the developer, Larrieu Olivier, is based in France. I’m still playing with a test installation, so this is not a review, but a presentation of a bunch of screen shots just to show what this distribution has to offer.

From the release number, you can probably guess that it is based on Ubuntu Desktop 13.04. But what you cannot guess from the name or release number is that it ships with its own desktop environment called HY-D-V1. It also makes it super easy to test-drive other desktop environments from the same installation, without ever rebooting the computer or logging out of the current desktop. I’ll get to that feature further down.

HY-D-V1 (I think that’s HY-D version 1 or HY Desktop version 1) is coded from GTK, Python, Webkit and JavaScript. The developer has made it clear that it is still in concept stage, but from what I’ve seen so far, it brings a very exciting graphical interface to the Linux desktop.

This is what HY-D-V1 desktop looks like. It has a top and a bottom panel. For the default install, the top panel simply holds the audio control and network manager applets. On the bottom panel are the date applet and five tabs.
Hybryde Fusion Hydv1 desktop Hy-D-V1 top panel
On click, the tab at the extreme right of the bottom panel gives you access to the folders in your home directory, a utility to change the desktop background, applications menu, and access to system information.
Hybryde Fusion Hydv1 desktop Hy-D-V1 sidebar

Out of the box, there are 24 desktop background images to choose from. Just click on your choice and the background changes.
Hybryde Fusion Hydv1 desktop Hy-D-V1 background

Clicking on the Apps Manager tab brings up an application menu window on the desktop. This is the same menu that you get by clicking on the Application tab to the left of the desktop.
Hybryde Fusion Hydv1 desktop Hy-D-V1 appsfilter

Click on the Info tab and you get a window on the desktop that provides some details about HY-D-V1.
Hybryde Hy-D-V1 desktop Linux

Aside from the first two sections of the Info window, the rest are in French. Unfortunately, my French is not that good to attempt a translation, and copying-and-pasting from the window is not supported, so I could not use a machine translation service to translate it. If you can read the language, I’ll post several screen shots of the window for you to translate.
Hybryde Hy-D-V1 info desktop Linux

Not quite sure what the tab to the far left of the desktop is for, but it looks like it is designed to show recently or frequently-used applications. Right next to it is the Applications tab, which functions like any other applications menu. It has some semblance to the Cinnamon menu. Applications under each category are revealed on hover, not on click.
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This screen shot shows what you’ll see if the Magic tab is clicked. It is an overlay that shows date and time information as well as access to the APPS, SYS and CLOSE buttons.
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The APPS button duplicates the function of the Applications tab, but offers the view of installed applications in a different and more visually-appealing manner. Application categories are represented by buttons in a top bar, and to the bottom-left of that bar is a search box.
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Use the search box to look for installed applications.
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Or click on an application category to reveal the applications under it.
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The SYS button provides system information, as shown in this screen shot.
Hybryde HY-D-V1 system information

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19 Comments

  1. chrisripp says:

    Hello hall
    If you want you can change your Plymouth.
    I’ve create two theme
    Hybryde-Flover an animated plymouth with metal flower
    http://hybryde.cluster015.ovh.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1213&sid=b63a718dede06999e0e4049cf57e78ae
    and
    Hybryde-Natural an animated summer plymouth
    http://hybryde.cluster015.ovh.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1212&sid=b63a718dede06999e0e4049cf57e78ae

    bye

  2. THI IS MY FAVORITE LINUX DISTRO!!!

  3. validus says:

    Yes, ebridd is a rather unusual OS – and very attractive. It is fitting, then, that, in my case, it shows a peculiar problem:
    The right side of the keyboard does not function, making it not installable. I have tried several methods, and used unetbootin with several OS´s, but using the right side of the keyboard results invariably in either the wrong letter or no letter at all.
    My machine: Asus HA1101 (with the infamous GMA500). I really would appreciate some clue.

  4. chrisripp says:

    hello all, and thank you for your comments

    Thank you Max for your English translation
    The 64 bit version is in progress.

    For people who want to test hybryde live DVD in English:
    First thing, to get the qwerty keyboard and english langage on live, at the count screen you must push “Enter” and select the line corresponding “en”.

    If you want to create your custum HYDV1:
    all themes are placed in the directory /home/.themes/HYDV1
    So copy/paste an existing theme and rename it ex: my theme
    Then open the right panel push wall paper, you can see your new theme. Have create a little tutorial in french but screenshoot in English : http://hybryde.cluster015.ovh.net/forum/viewtopic.php?style=3&f=73&t=1029
    It’s very easy for a CSS3 user.

    An exemple here: http://imageshack.us/a/img33/8150/slection032.th.png

  5. chrisripp says:

    Hello all and thank you for testing Hybryde.
    First thing, to get the qwerty keyboard and english langage on live, at the count screen you must push “Enter” and select the line corresponding “en”.
    Then if you like the live DVD abd you want to install it:
    Applications-> Accessories-> Install Hybryde.

    For Css3 users, you can create your on theme simply:
    All themes are in /home/.themes/HYDV1, copy/paste an existing theme the rename it, for example “my theme”
    Then you can custum it like you want.
    I’ve create a little tutorial in franch but my screen shoot is in English.
    http://hybryde.cluster015.ovh.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=1029
    My HYDV1: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/33/slection032.png/

    Thank you Max for your English translation.

    Yes you can use the ppa for Ubuntu 12.04,12.10,13.10 in 32bit for this time but the 64 bit is in progress.

    For people who like E17 like me . If you want to install E17 svn with a script or with the ppa (hannes-janetzek)
    First in HYDV1 open synaptic and delete :Libembryo, and all enlightenment prog and lib.
    Then install the ppa repo of hannes-janetzek for E17 final, or this script for E18: carlasensa.perso.sfr.fr
    After you can switch into your new desktop E17 final or E18 like you want.

    Thank you all for testing Hybryde.
    Soon

    Chrisripp administrator hybryde forum

  6. Josh says:

    Didn’t see a x64 version. Looks cool but that’s a deal breaker.

  7. david says:

    I tried it out.

    First I went with default install which turned out to be in french. OK. I then after much searching found and then attempted to change to english. This did not work as even though I changed the option it did not change the language.

    So I rebooted to see if there is an english boot option. There was indeed this option.

    When testing plugins in firefox on the apple trailer site it wanted to install other software. Played youtube videoes ok though.

    I found it to be stylish with a lot of software choice for doing the job – if thats what you want.

    I liked the idea of including all those desktop environments.

    I dont know if there is an install option and would be curious how big a partition it would need if it could be installed.

    • finid says:

      For me the default install was English, and I did not even think about it. Remember that this is a distro based on Ubuntu and as such, the installer is Ubuntu’s. I wonder how you managed to end up with a French installation.

      I dont know if there is an install option and would be curious how big a partition it would need if it could be installed.

      What “install option?”

    • jibelito says:

      yes go to applications=====>accessories =====> install hybryd clic on it , and it’s to start.
      Anotherthing , the left panel is for the favorites app’s ex: applications ====> internet====> “google + ” clic on the “+” and google add and goes to the left panel

  8. Max says:

    Here’s for you. Feel free to translate into common English ;) Mine is far from good.

    -The Menu
    The menu uses a SQL Database optimized to ease navigation and to speed it execution. The little cross beside every application allows to add the app into the left dash. The menu can be edited using AppFilter in /usr/share/hybryde/hy-d-v1 or in the right dash.

    -The Left Dash
    This dash contains the user’s favorite applications. It appears on click on the left panel’s button. To remove an application, just right click on the application’s icon.

    -Right Dash
    The right dash shows the user’s repertories*, wallpapers and hy-d-v1’s themes. Eventually, it will have more functionalities like weather info’s, system info’s, music widget, etc.

    -Systray
    This bar shows the sound and the internet controller, plus every application able to be embedded in the systray. It also shows active windows.

    -Hybryde Button
    This button was planned for the Hybryde version of hy-d-v1. It content could be adapt to be use in other projects.

    -Theme Motor
    HY-D-V1 is build upon web technologies: HTML5, CSS3, javascript and jquery. Themes are found in the user repertory .themes/HYDV1/. Each theme may define “Application” and “Hybryde” windows size, the menu bar size… everything can be customize in size and color. Some themes will be directly downloadable from Hybryde web site.

    -Composite
    Although hy-d-v1 can work without composite manager, it is strongly not recommended since bugs appear and remove it charm. Metacity is used as composite manager, it is not necessary to install compiz or mutter.

    -Source Code
    HY-D-V1 is written in python respecting the PEP8 Style Guide. Every modules were compiled with Cython to work on Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.03. Sources codes or not on this version, but are freely available on our web site. The SQL database only stock HY-D-V1’s informations, never personal informations from the user. The HY-D-V1 project is under the GPL license.

    -Updates
    HY-D-V1 was based upon Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 13.04, we cannot ensure it will work under other versions of ubuntu. Updates will be available using the PPA.

    -HY-D-V1 without Hybryde
    HY-D-V1 can be install directly using our PPA under Ubuntu 12.03 and 13.04. The multidesktop functionality cannot be installed this way.
    A version working on Debian is currently under investigation.

    -Contribute to HY-D-V1
    Every contribution is welcome, do not hesitate to contact us and to benefit the community of your creations.

  9. Nikki says:

    This is definitely a very clean and awesome interface. it’s nice to see something totally different from the usual desktop configurations. With windows 8 being such a “?”, I’ll definitely look at this distro for my home computer.

    thanks for sharing; I’m looking forward to the review.

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