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A custom Lubuntu operating system that mixes Openbox with the Unity user interface

editor's review




BestBox is an open source operating system based on the Lubuntu Linux distribution, an official Ubuntu flavor that uses LXDE as its default and only graphical desktop environment, which also used in this project.

Distributed as a Live DVD for 32-bit platforms

The BestBox operating system is distributed as a Live DVD ISO image of approximately 1GB in size, designed to work on both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (x86_64) hardware platforms. However, the user should be aware of the fact that is supports only 32-bit applications.

Please note that the use must burn the ISO image to a blank DVD disc or write it on a USB flash drive of 2GB or higher capacity in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer.

Boot options

Default boot options include the ability to start the live environment with standard drivers or in safe graphics mode using the xforcevesa option, start the graphical installer directly, run a memory test, as well as to boot the first disk drive.

Traditional desktop environment powered by LXDE

As mentioned, the default and only desktop environment of this Lubuntu-based operating system is LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), which provides users with a two-panel layout.

Default applications

Default applications include the Audacious audio player, Midori web browser, GNOME MPlayer video player, Sylpheed email client, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, guvcview webcam viewer, SMPlayer video player, LibreOffice office suite and Transmission torrent downloader.

In addition, the GIMP image editor, Inkscape vector graphics editor, PCManFM file manager, GPicView image viewer, Leadpad text editor and a bunch of games are also included.

Bottom line

In conclusion, BestBox proves to be an open source distribution of Linux that is very fast, easy to use, stable and reliable, based on an LTS (Long Term Support) edition of Lubuntu and built around the traditional LXDE desktop environment.

BestBox was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 17th, 2014
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