Dyne:bolic also ships with a lightweight window manager, Window Maker, rather than KDE or GNOME, which leaves more room for applications and is less resource intensive.The video and audio tools are also hand-picked, of course, and include heavy-hitters like multi-track recorder Ardour, sequencer Sound Tracker, and editors Audacity, Cinelerra, and Jahshaka.Unfortunately, references to Public still populate the documentation, HOWTOs, and Web browser bookmarks.
First, the audio and video applications are first class and configured correctly to run out of the box.
Second, a bare minimum of other apps are installed -- no Openoffice.org, no development tools.
Dyne:bolic is a multimedia-centric Linux distribution on live CD.
Recording, mixing, streaming, and broadcasting audio and video content is its stock in trade.
I had no difficulty creating a nest or docking the installation in Windows.
Once booted, the application software runs smoothly; though I am not a sound engineer or DJ, I have used the multimedia-centric Planet CCRMA and AGNULA distributions in the past, and Dyne:bolic is the easiest of the three to use.
It has been nearly two years since News Forge first reviewed the Dyne:bolic 1.0 alpha release.
The distro has matured considerably in the intervening time. In practical terms, multimedia-centric means two things.
This does not make the distro difficult to use; it does includes a hand-picked subset of the graphics, Internet, and office tools found in a general-purpose distribution.
If you need to write a letter, Abi Word is included.
I can happily report, however, that I downloaded and tested the still-in-development Dyne: II preview, the planned successor to Dyne:bolic, and it detected all of my hardware correctly -- but make note, Dyne II is not yet at the beta stage.