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Review: SymphonyOne 2008

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SymphonyOne is a distribution designed in a way that's uniquely different from other distributions. Its key focus is ease of use and simplicity. This is perfect for kiosks, new users, or technological neophytes who don't use a computer much, or simply don't like complicated interfaces. This distribution would be good for more senior users to choose when picking a Linux distro to give to family members or friends with limited needs or computer skills. Why? Let's have a look.

Once on the desktop you're greeted with a rather unique interface.

There is no taskbar, primary menu, or desktop icons. All you have is four icons, one in each corner, a basic digital clock, and an analog clock that sits as an applet on the desktop. The digital clock at the top of the screen can't be removed, but the analog clock applet can if it becomes a problem for you. The default desktop used by SymphonyOne is a unique application called "Mezzo". It's definitely not your typical Linux window manager.

The four icons in the corner each do a different task for you. The upper left icon gives you access to several basic system configurations, including display, services, login screen, network, date/time, theme manager, and change wallpaper.

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