Welcome to the Utopic Unicorn (14.10) edition of the Ubuntu GNOME distribution, a Linux OS based on the award winning Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the controversial GNOME desktop environment.
Availability, supported architectures, boot options
The OS is available for download as two Live DVD ISO images, one for each of the supported architectures (64-bit and 32-bit), that can be burned onto DVD discs using any CD/DVD burning software or written to USB thumb drives with the Disks (GNOME) or UNetbootin apps.
From the boot prompt, users can try the operating system without installing anything on their computers, run a memory diagnostic test, check the boot medium for defects (only if using a DVD media), as well as to start an existing OS that is installed on the first disk drive.
It is also possible to install the distribution without testing it, but we don't recommend this option to novice users who should use the first option on the boot menu, or just leave the boot medium to start with the default options.
Modern, yet old desktop environment
As its name suggests, this Ubuntu edition uses GNOME for its graphical session, providing users with a modern and powerful desktop environment that's comprised of a single panel located on the upper part of the screen.
The panel is the only component of the GNOME desktop environment that enables users to launch applications, interact with running programs, as well as to switch between virtual workspaces.
Default applications include the Deja Dup backup utility, Cheese webcam viewer, Brasero CD/DVD burning software, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Gedit text editor, Disks disk manager, Evolution email and calendar client, LibreOffice office suite, Rhythmbox music player, Shotwell image editor and organizer, Totem video player, and Transmission torrent downloader.
Summing up, Ubuntu GNOME is a decent Linux distribution that provides users with a pure GNOME desktop environment. Too bad that it always uses an older release of the GNOME project!