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Hybryde Linux lets you switch Desktop Environment on the fly

Newly released Ubuntu based distribution Hybryde allows you to switch between desktop environments without even logging out, and comes with Unity, KDE, and LXDE by default

A brand new Linux distribution is on the scene, and this one comes with a neat party trick. Hybryde Linux is an Ubuntu-based distro with a twist – it allows for users to change Desktop Environments without the need for logging out of the system with its unique Hy-menu application.

Hybryde Evolution Linux Desktop Environment Switch
The Hy-menu allows you to quickly switch Desktop Environments on the fly

The French developers have just released Hybryde Evolution v1, based on Ubuntu 12.04, and coming with nine different desktop environments by default. These include KDE, GNOME 3, GNOME Classic, Unity, Elightenment 17, LXDE, XFCE, Openbox, and FVWM. The system smartly and fluidly transfers over open windows and applications to the new Desktop.

It’s great way to try out different Desktop Environments with a lot less commitment, and should be good for developers wanting to check how there applications work on different environments. In the current atmosphere of animosity towards standard Desktop Environments, it will hopefully be a step in the right direction for distributions to come.

You can download a 32-bit ISO from the Hybryde website.