An overview of Dahlia OS on AMD64 hardware as of 5/1/21
I first heard of Dahlia OS about six months ago when I spotted it on one of the many Distro Watch websites online.
“Fuchsia OS?” I thought to myself. “What’s that?”
I looked into it further and saw rumors that it was Google’s replacement for Android. Other sources indicated it would act as an imbeded OS for IOT devices.
The truth now looks to be a little less of the former and more of the latter. Even so, it sparked my interest, and not just mine from the looks of things.
Enter Dahlia OS.
You can find Dahlia OS on their website, at – https://dahliaos.io/
When I first tested this OS half a year ago, I was impressed with how sleek it looked, even if It wasn’t (and is not as of yet) finished.
Six months later and I found Dahlia on my mind again and decided to see if there were any changes or updates to the AMD64 image; Here’s what I found. Screenshots were not available on this image, so images were all taken via my phone, apologies.
The very first thing I noticed was the boot time. Dahlia OS booted on my laptop’s NVME drive in just 11 seconds. Yes, I counted. That’s the fastest boot time I’ve had for any live ISO on a machine before during testing.
A quick perusal of the desktop that greeted me didn’t show much new from the last time I tested. My laptop’s touchpad still did not want to work six months later, but that was okay, I had expected as much and already had a wireless mouse plugged in and ready that worked just fine.
The last time I played with Dahlia OS, I wasn’t able to get very far due to my laptop slowly freezing up as I explored things. This time however I had better luck, and was able to navigate the desktop with minimal lag. Mouse movement didn’t lag for me, only clicking on things, but the lag was less than 1.5 seconds, which is acceptable for a testing image as far as I’m concerned.
I found my way into the customization settings and played with some of the toggles, not actually expecting much to happen, I was pleasantly surprised to see the screen switch to a Dark-mode.
Hopeful and curious, I toggled a few more switches and restarted the computer, wondering if it would store the changes:
And here’s the results!
I explored the system a little more, and attempted to connect to my wifi connection, but to no avail.
In Conclusion –
Dahlia OS is a very sleek and modern-looking OS with obvious inspirations from Android and, In this authors opinion, the Gnome Desktop. While it’s not yet optimized for AMD64 hardware, people interested in developing for Fuchsia or with Flutter in the future will want to keep an eye on this Operating System.