distro-valombre is an open source and totally free distribution of Linux based on the very popular Linux Mint operating system and built around the traditional and low on resources MATE desktop environment, a clone of GNOME 2.
Available for download as a dual-arch Live DVD
The operating system can be downloaded from Softpedia as a single, dual-arch Live DVD ISO image of approximately 1.5GB in size, designed to support both 32-bit and 64-bit instruction set architectures. The user must write the ISO image to a USB stick or a DVD disc in order to boot it from the BIOS of a PC.
Default boot options include the ability to start the live environment with default options on in safe graphics mode, permanently install the operating system on a local drive, boot an existing OS from the first disk, perform a RAM diagnostic test, as well as to check the integrity of the DVD media.
Traditional desktop environment powered by MATE
As mentioned, the distribution uses MATE as its default and only desktop environment, which uses a two-panel layout. While the top panel will help users to quickly launch apps, the bottom panel allows them to easily interact with running programs.
Provides a great suite of applications
Default applications include the XChat IRC client, Transmission torrent downloader, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Clementine audio player, GNOME MPlayer video player, VLC Media Player, ImageWriter and Brasero CD/DVD burning software, LibreOffice office suite, and Super-Boot-Manager.
Summing up, distro-valombre is a great and classic distribution of Linux for French-speaking users, providing them with a great suite of applications and a traditional desktop experience. Support for many other languages can be easily added using the built-in package manager and the default software repositories.