io GNU/Linux2015.03

GPL (GNU General Public License)    
3.7/5 9
An Open Source and Live Linux operating system dedicated to multimedia enthusiasts

editor's review





io GNU/Linux is a powerful operating system that will turn a high-end computer into a state-of-the-art multimedia workstation. It is based on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, built around the Enlightenment desktop environment and includes a wide range of open source applications suitable for audio production.

Distributed as Live DVDs primarily for the 64-bit platform

The target architecture of this operating system is 64-bit (x86_64), using the latest upstream Linux kernel. Support for the 32-bit (i686 PAE) hardware platform is also provided, using a LTS (Long Term Support) kernel. It’s distributed as Live DVD ISO images of approximately 3GB in size, designed to be written to DVD discs or USB thumb drives in order to be booted from the BIOS of a PC.

Boot options

The boot menu of the 64-bit Live DVD will allow the user to start the live environment with default options, copy the contents of the DVD to RAM and run the live environment from there, ejecting the bootable medium, boot into the persistent mode, use the live session with threadirqs argument, as well as to perform a system memory (RAM) diagnostic test.

Futuristic desktop environment powered by Enlightenment

The futuristic desktop environment of the io GNU/Linux distribution is powered by Enlightenment. It features no panels or docks, just a system monitoring widget on the left side of the screen. To access the main menu and launch applications, you must left or right click on anywhere on the desktop.

A large collection of multimedia applications

The system comes with a pretty large collection of open source and free multimedia applications that can be used to create beautiful music, astonishing videos and manipulate graphics. Among some of the most important ones, we can mention Hydrogen, Mixxx, Ardour, MusE, LMMS, Qtractor, and Audacity.

Bottom line

Summing up, io GNU/Linux proves to be a truly productive operating system that uses the combines the latest Debian technologies with some of the best open source apps for multimedia production. It is part of the and communities.

io GNU/Linux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 10th, 2015
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