4MLinux Core 20.0 – 21.0 Beta

A core version of the 4MLinux operating system aimed for building your own distro

4MLinux Core is an open source distribution of Linux, a special edition of the 4MLinux operating system designed to provide users with a very minimal environment for creating their very own Linux distributions from scratch.

This is the core edition of 4MLinux, on which all the other 4MLinux flavors are based, including 4MLinux Main Edition, 4MLinux Game Edition, 4MLinux Media Edition, 4MLinux Multiboot Edition, 4MLinux Rescue Edition, 4MLinux Server Edition, and 4MLinux Allinone Edition.

It is used to create all other 4MLinux editions

With this distribution it’s possible to create any Linux-based operating system that can be used as a system rescue CD, for playing multimedia files and games, a capable Web or FTP server using the inetd daemon, or a standard workstation.

The core flavor of 4MLinux usually comes with an LTS (Long Term Support) Linux kernel, the GLibc library, Busybox toolkit. In addition, Gallium3D, Nvidia, and AMD Radeon video drivers can be downloaded from the 4MLinux website.

Distributed as a minimal Live CD with support for 32-bit and 64-bit PCs

It is distributed as a single Live CD ISO image of only 5MB in size. It can be used as-is directly from a CD disc or USB flash drive. To enter the live session, you will first need to set a password for the root (system administrator) account.

After that, you will be able to login into the live environment with the root username and the password you’ve just created. There is no graphical desktop for this 4MLinux edition, as all the necessary tools are command-line based.

Under the hood, we can mention that all the core components of 4MLinux have been compiled under Fedora Linux (x86/32-bit/SMP) with the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 4.8.1 compiler application.

Bottom line

All in all, 4MLinux Core is a Fedora-based operating system that can be used by experienced Linux users to create distributions with a minimal set of applications, for a specific target audience.

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SparkyLinux 4.4 – 4.5-dev20161107

A free and Open Source Linux operating system based on the Debian GNU/Linux distro

SparkyLinux Base is an open source distribution of Linux that provides users with a minimalistic computing environment built around the Openbox window manager and based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

Distributed as a 64-bit Live CD

It is based on the latest stable branch of Debian and offers a fast and simple Linux distribution that can be used on low-end computers. It is distributed as a single Live CD ISO image that supports only the 64-bit hardware platforms.

Boot options

The distro supports most wireless and mobile network cards, can be easily installed to a disk drive, and provides built-in support for the English and Polish languages. The boot medium can be used to run a memory test, start the currently installed OS, or run SparkyLinux in failsafe or text modes (useful only if the first option doesn’t work for you).

Uses the Openbox window manager

The live session loads pretty fast and comprises a desktop widget that monitors your CPU, RAM, disk usage and network traffic, and a taskbar located at the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can interact with active applications or the functions from the system tray area.

While the main menu can be accessed only with a right mouse click on the desktop, it is the only way for you to access the installed apps. In addition, you can use it to quickly launch the default web browser, file manager, music player, IRC client and terminal emulator, as well as to run a specific command.

Default applications

Default applications include the Netsurf web browser, LeafPad text editor, PCManFM and Midnight Commander file managers, Mutt email client, XChat IRC client, LXMusic music player, LXTerminal terminal emulator, and Synaptic Package Manager.

Bottom line

All in all, SparkyLinux Base is the most minimalistic edition of the SparkyLinux operating system, exclusively crafted to be deployed on old and low-end computers.

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Bodhi 4.0.0

A Linux Distribution that focuses on magnificence and minimalism, powered by Ubuntu Linux

Bodhi is an open supply Linux distribution constructed across the Enlightenment desktop setting and based mostly on the world’s hottest free working system, Ubuntu Linux. It is a customizable and minimalistic distribution that mixes the fantastic thing about the Enlightenment desktop with an important assortment of purposes and bundle administration utilities.

Distributed as 32-bit and 64-bit Live CDs

The system is distributed as Live CD ISO photos that can be utilized to deploy the computing setting on any 64-bit and 32-bit machine. The boot medium is designed to mechanically begin the dwell setting in ten seconds. However, customers can use it to straight set up the distribution, boot the dwell setting in secure graphics mode, boot the working system that’s at present put in on the primary disk, and take a look at the system reminiscence for errors.

Enlightenment is the default desktop setting

Bodhi is well-known for offering customers with the most recent builds of the light-weight and stylish Enlightenment desktop setting. The desktop is comprised solely of a dock, which is positioned on the higher a part of the display. The dock can be utilized to shortly swap between digital workspaces, change the system locale, entry the community connections, modify the amount, replace the system, or entry the purposes and settings.

The foremost menu will be accessed utilizing the left mouse click on on the desktop. It can be utilized to open pre-installed purposes, navigate the file system, run a sure command, set the digital desktops, handle shelfs, change desktop widgets, wallpapers and themes.

Default purposes

Default purposes embrace solely the Midori net browser, Leafpad textual content editor, Synaptic Package Manager, and EConnMan connection supervisor. There are additionally numerous Enlightenment purposes, such because the highly effective and complicated Terminology terminal emulator, Enlightenment file supervisor, eDeb bundle installer, eCcess system instrument, eSudo and a screenshot utility.

Bottom line

We suggest this working system to all Ubuntu followers who’re searching for a secure computing setting powered by Enlightenment. It runs nicely on low-end machines and outdated .

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ALT Linux Cinnamon 20161026

A free edition of the ALT Linux distribution that uses the Cinnamon desktop environment

ALT Linux Cinnamon is an open source and full featured Linux operating system built around the beautiful Cinnamon desktop environment and based on the Mandrake (Mandriva) Linux distribution.

ALT Linux is known for being an independent operating system that comes with a wide range of editions, including LXDE, Xfce, MATE, GNOME, Razor-qt, IceWM, KDE, WindowMaker, as well as server and rescue flavors.

Distributed as Live CDs for 64-bit and 32-bit computers

It is distributed as Live CD ISO images that support both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms, and can be used from either a USB flash drive or a blank CD disc. A persistent environment is provided for the USB version of the distro, allowing users to save their live sessions and reuse the boot medium whenever they want.

Boot options

Users can start an existing operating system or run a memory test from the boot menu of the Live CD. Installing the operating system directly, without testing it, is not possible (a dedicated installation script is provided on the desktop).

Powered by Cinnamon

As mentioned, the live session is powered by Cinnamon, a clone of the GNOME 3 desktop environment. It comes only with a taskbar, located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can manage running apps, interact with the system tray area, access the main menu and launch applications.

Default applications

Default applications include the Mozilla Thunderbird email client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Pidgin instant messenger, Totem movie player, Rhythmbox music player, gThumb image viewer, and Evince document viewer.

Among some other pre-installed applications, we can mention the GIMP image editor, Brasero CD/DVD burning software, Cheese webcam viewer, gedit text editor, Midnight Commander file manager, and Synaptic Package Manager.

Bottom line

All in all, the Cinnamon edition of ALT Linux provides users with a great computing environment that includes only the applications that they really use on a daily basis, as well as a desktop environment crafted to perfection and suitable for both low-end and high-end machines.

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ALT Linux Xfce 20161026

An Open Source ALT Linux edition that uses the lightweight Xfce desktop environment

ALT Linux Xfce is a lightweight, fast and open source Linux distribution based Mandriva Linux and built around the traditional Xfce desktop environment. It is specifically designed to be deployed on low-end machines.

ALT Linux is known for being an independent GNU/Linux operating system crafted to perfection and delivered into multiple flavors (editions), each one featuring an open source desktop environment, such as GNOME, KDE, MATE, Cinnamon, LXDE, Enlightenment, WindowMaker, or IceWM.

Distributed as bootable Live CDs, offers persistent options

ALT Linux Xfce is distributed as Live CD ISO images, supporting the 64-bit architecture, as well as the 32-bit ones. An easy-to-use script placed on the desktop will help users to install the system on their computers.

Another interesting feature is the ability to save your live sessions and reuse the boot medium whenever you want (only available if the ISO is deployed on a USB flash drive and you specifically select the “Live CD with session support” option at the boot prompt).

Xfce comes with two different layouts

When used for the first time, the Xfce session will ask users if they want to use the default configuration for the panel or go with only one empty panel. We suggest to choose the first option, as it will also provide a dock (application launcher) located at the bottom edge of the screen.

Default applications

The Xfce edition of ALT Linux reviewed here provides users with a collection of carefully selected applications, among which we can mention the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Ristretto image viewer, Xarchiver archive manager, as well as the Thunar and Midnight Commander file managers.

Among other pre-installed utilities, we can mention Bulk Rename, Kerberos Ticket Watcher, Sensor Viewer, Orange Calendar, Task Manager, as well as the Xfce Terminal and XTerm terminal emulators.

Bottom line

Summing up, the Xfce edition of ALT Linux provides users with a stable, clean and reliable computing environment. We strongly recommend it to all fans of RPM-based distros and the Xfce desktop environment.

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ALT Linux GNOME 20161026

A free edition of ATL Linux that uses the accessible and modern GNOME desktop environment

ALT Linux GNOME is a freely distributed and open source Linux-based operating system that uses the GNOME desktop environment and it’s based on Mandriva Linux.

ALT Linux is an independent Russian Linux distribution that provides support for multiple languages, it is very fast, clean of unneeded apps, and distributed into multiple editions with various open source desktop environments like Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, Razor-qt, IceWM and WindowMaker.

Available for download as 32-bit/64-bit Live CDs

This edition comes with two Live CD ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms (32-bit and 64-bit), designed to run directly from a USB flash drive or CD disc.

Boot options, includes persistent mode

If you choose to deploy ALT Linux GNOME on a USB stick, it will provide you with a persistent mode, which can be used your live session (save system configuration and downloaded files) directly on the USB thumb drive and reuse it whenever you want.

The boot menu is exactly the same as the ones used on other ALT Linux flavors, enabling users to boot an existing operating system or run a memory test.

GNOME Shell and GNOME Classic sessions are offered

The GNOME desktop environment defaults to the Fallback (Classic) session and provides users with two panels. While the bottom one can be used to manage running apps and switch virtual workspaces, the top panel is used for accessing the main menu and launch applications.

Default applications

Default applications include the Epiphany and Mozilla Firefox web browsers, Empathy instant messenger, Eye of GNOME image viewer, Evince document viewer, Rhythmbox music player, Totem video player, and Evolution email/groupware client.

The Brasero CD/DVD burning software, Midnight Commander file manager, Cheese webcam viewer, and Synaptic Package Manager are also installed, along with all the default GNOME games.

Bottom line

Overall, we recommend this edition of the ALT Linux operating system for low-end machine and for nostalgics who still want to use a traditional desktop environment in the 21st century.

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ALT Linux KDE 20161026

A KDE version of the ALT Linux operating system, initially a fork of Mandrake Linux

ALT Linux KDE is an open supply and trendy Linux distribution based mostly on the Mandrake operating system and utilizing the KDE Plasma and Applications challenge as its default desktop atmosphere.

The ALT Linux working system gives customers with a really trendy, RPM-based computing atmosphere crafted to perfection and designed to please all kinds of customers. It comes with Cinnamon, GNOME, MATE, Razor-qt, Xfce, Enlightenment, IceWM and WindowMaker editions.

Distributed as bootable, 32-bit and 64-bit Live CDs

Being engineered to run totally on trendy and high-end techniques, this version is distributed as Live DVD ISO pictures and it’s the largest ALT Linux taste. It helps each 64-bit and 32-bit instruction set architectures and may be deployed on both a clean CD disc or a USB thumb drive.

Comes with a persistent session and commonplace boot choices

The boot medium can be utilized to check your laptop’s RAM (Random Access Memory) for errors, in addition to in addition the at the moment put in working system. A persistent mode can also be supplied, permitting customers to save lots of their stay periods and reuse it each time they need (solely appropriate with USB flash drives).

KDE is the default and solely desktop atmosphere

The KDE desktop atmosphere is comprised of a single taskbar situated on the backside fringe of the display. It can be utilized to change between the 2 digital desktops, work together with operating apps and the system’s features, in addition to to entry the principle menu and launch functions.

Default functions

All of the default KDE functions are current, together with third-party ones just like the Mozilla Firefox internet browser, Kid3 audio tagger, Kaffeine media participant, k9copy DVD-Video backup device, Kdenlive video editor, Calligra workplace suite, SFLphone Internet phone, and lots of others.

There are means too many functions and video games to say right here. No matter for those who like KDE or not, this working system will present a computing atmosphere engineered to outline the unwritten legal guidelines of Linux based mostly working techniques.

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Sabayon Linux GNOME 16.11

A special edition of the Sabayon Linux operating system with the GNOME desktop environment

Sabayon Linux GNOME is an open source Linux distribution based on the Gentoo Linux operating system and built around the powerful GNOME desktop environment. The Sabayon project also provides separate editions with the KDE, Xfce and Openbox desktop environments.

Availability, boot options and supported platforms

It is available for download as Live DVD ISO images, supporting only the 64-bit (amd64) architecture. They can be deployed to blank or RW DVD discs, as well as to USB flash drives for grater portability, bootable from the BIOS of most PCs.

The Live DVDs are mostly used to start the live environment without installing anything on your computer, but you can also use the bootable mediums to directly install the operating system on a local disk drive, enter the safe graphics mode in case your video card is not supported, and drop to a shell prompt.

There are three different installation modes on this Sabayon edition. While the first one, simply called “Installation” will allow users to install the distribution with the standard features that any end user expects from this project, the second and third ones let you to install a Media Center or Steam Big Picture.

State-of-the-art desktop environment

As mentioned, the graphical session is powered by the modern GNOME desktop environment, which, to our surprise, has not been tweaked. It provides users with a pure GNOME session that features a single top panel, from where you can launch apps, interact with running programs, search files and apps, and switch between virtual workspaces.

Default applications include the Chromium web browser, Evolution email and calendar client, Empathy multi-protocol instant messenger, Shotwell image viewer and organizer, Audacious audio player, GIMP image editor, HexChat IRC client, TiMidity++ audio converter, Transmission torrent downloader, Totem video player, XMBC Media Center, and Steam for Linux.

Bottom line

Summing up, Sabayon Linux GNOME is a really great operating system that follows a rolling-release model, uses the modern GNOME desktop environment, and it is based on the latest Gentoo technologies. As a bonus, it can be deployed only as a Media Center using XBMC, or as a gaming system using Steam Big Picture.

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Bodhi 3.2.1 – 4.0.0 Beta 3

A Linux Distribution that focuses on beauty and minimalism, powered by Ubuntu Linux

Bodhi is an open source Linux distribution built around the Enlightenment desktop environment and based on the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux. It is a customizable and minimalistic distribution that combines the beauty of the Enlightenment desktop with a great collection of applications and package management utilities.

Distributed as 32-bit and 64-bit Live CDs

The system is distributed as Live CD ISO images that can be used to deploy the computing environment on any 64-bit and 32-bit machine. The boot medium is designed to automatically start the live environment in ten seconds. However, users can use it to directly install the distribution, boot the live environment in safe graphics mode, boot the operating system that is currently installed on the first disk, and test the system memory for errors.

Enlightenment is the default desktop environment

Bodhi is well known for providing users with the latest builds of the lightweight and elegant Enlightenment desktop environment. The desktop is comprised only of a dock, which is placed on the upper part of the screen. The dock can be used to quickly switch between virtual workspaces, change the system locale, access the network connections, modify the volume, update the system, or access the applications and settings.

The main menu can be accessed using the left mouse click on the desktop. It can be used to open pre-installed applications, navigate the file system, run a certain command, set the virtual desktops, manage shelfs, change desktop widgets, wallpapers and themes.

Default applications

Default applications include only the Midori web browser, Leafpad text editor, Synaptic Package Manager, and EConnMan connection manager. There are also various Enlightenment applications, such as the powerful and complex Terminology terminal emulator, Enlightenment file manager, eDeb package installer, eCcess system tool, eSudo and a screenshot utility.

Bottom line

We recommend this operating system to all Ubuntu fans who are looking for a stable computing environment powered by Enlightenment. It runs well on low-end machines and old hardware.

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openSUSE Linux 42.1 – 42.2 RC1

The new and improved SUSE Linux operating system, a community-driven distribution

openSUSE is an open source, community-supported distribution of Linux derived from the SUSE operating system created and distributed by the Novell company. It is an RPM-based OS, which means that it gets its roots from Red Hat Linux.

It is a Linux OS for your desktop computer, portable laptop or server. It can be used to surf the web, do office work, manage your photos, send and receive emails, play music and watch movies, and much more.

Distributed as installable-only DVDs

The system is distributed as installable DVDs, netboot CDs, rescue CDs, as well as two Live CDs with the KDE and GNOME desktop environments. All of them support both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures.

The version reviewed here is only for the installable DVD, which includes both KDE and GNOME desktop environments, as well as a very large collection of open source applications. On the dedicated download section you will also find minimalistic CDs that can be used to install openSUSE over the network, as well as optional Add-On CDs with support for extra languages.

The DVD installation medium is the best choice for those who want to deploy openSUSE on desktop or server computers. It can be written on USB flash drives and it’s suitable for custom installations or upgrades.

When installing openSUSE with this DVD image, you will have complete access to a wide range of open source applications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email client, and many more.

SUSE Studio

Another interesting feature of the openSUSE project is a tool called SUSE Studio, which allows anyone to build their own live Linux distributions based on the openSUSE operating system.

Whether you like GNOME or KDE, openSUSE can deliver one of the best desktop experience based on the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM). We recommended to anyone who owns a high-end computers and wants to transform it into a modern and completely open source workstation.

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