July 29, 2002

Lycoris releases much anticipated Desktop/LX update

Jason Spisak writes: With great excitement, Lycoris releases a new and incredible update to its flagship desktop operating system, Desktop/LX. Desktop/LX now includes a powerful new Control Center, Desktop Sharing, Iris (Internet Rapid Installer for Software) and much more.
Maintatining a focus on ease of use, Lycoris added a new Software
Installer to Desktop/LX. Users can now use the powerful new Internet
installer, Iris, to browse and install Desktop/LX programs from the
Software Gallery. The Software Gallery can be found online at http://www.lycoris.com/webservices/iris/
and serves as a convenient repository for quality programs to enhance
Desktop/LX. It contains categories identical to the Desktop/LX Flower
Menu to give users a consistent interface, and also offers keyword
searching. Once the user find a program they desire, one click installs
it onto their Desktop/LX system.

"Iris is another way we simplify the Desktop/LX experience for users
switching over from Windows. Being able to install software is now just
as easy with Desktop/LX as any other platform. We've gotten quite a few
compliments on the simplicity of Iris and how the programs drop in and
work without a hassle," states Mike Weltz, Lycoris Sales Director.

The new Desktop/LX Control
brings simple icon access to all Desktop/LX configuration
tasks. Adding new hardware or printers, modifying desktop appearance or
fonts, and changing the Internet and network settings are all done
through this clean user interface.

Desktop/LX Update 2 gives users the ability to recover from system
configuration errors and get assistance with two new features: Video
Recovery Mode and Desktop Sharing. If the user has changed hardware or
software settings which make it difficult to use Desktop/LX, the user
simply holds down the CTRL key at boot time and Desktop/LX enters Video
Recovery Mode. From there the user can graphically configure video
settings or boot into Desktop/LX with a minimal configuration. Video
Recovery Mode also automatically starts if Desktop/LX detects a problem
and the X server fails to start during login. Desktop Sharing enables
Desktop/LX users to get help over the Internet or local network from
other Desktop/LX users by allowing another user to see and control the
desktop. Desktop Sharing represents an incredible step forward for
corporate help desks and anyone who benefits from visually assisting

Another exciting feature of Desktop/LX comes to users on local area
networks: right click file sharing. Desktop/LX now has the ability to
share any user directory with a simple click of the right mouse button
enabling users to collaborate on docutments and share data directly from
their Desktop/LX system. Other Desktop/LX users on the network will see
shared files in the Desktop/LX Network Broswer which shows Windows®
and Desktop/LX shares in a simple point and click interface.

The latest release of Desktop/LX also contains better hardware
recognition plus expanded wireless networking support. Updated Gphoto
and CUPS packages increase the number of supported printers and digital
cameras, with additional USB devices, like the Sony Clie, being
supported directly in My Linux System for drag and drop access.

New features in Desktop/LX Update 2 include:

  • Desktop/LX Installer enhancements
  • New Control Center
  • New Software Wizard which includes Iris - The Internet
    Rapid Installer for Software
  • Video Recovery Mode
  • Desktop Sharing
  • Right click file sharing
  • Speed improvements
  • Better Winmodem support
  • Simple firewall GUI control
  • Better support for wireless networking
  • Support for parallel Zip drives in My Linux System
  • More digital cameras supported
  • Better TV card support
  • Updated CUPS with more printer drivers
  • Mozilla 1.0 Final
  • Xfree86 4.2.0
  • Linux kernel version 2.4.18

This exciting new release of Desktop/LX is immediately available for
purchase at the Lycoris
, Fry's
Electronics Stores
or by contacting the Lycoris sales department at

International Resellers include:

About Lycoris

Lycoris, located in Redmond, Washington, was founded in 2000 with a
of making Linux simple enough for anyone to use. Lycoris packages Open
Source applications for the comsumer market and integrates them into
Desktop/LX, their simple, robust Linux desktop. Lycoris has enjoyed
amazingly positive press
and has rocketed into the spotlight as the provider of

Web: http://www.lycoris.com
Sales: sales@lycoris.com
Media Relations: press@lycoris.com
General Information: info@lycoris.com

PO Box 2313
Redmond WA 98073-2313
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