Distro Astro 2.0

An open-source Linux-based operating system designed especially for astronomers!
Distro Astro is an open source and completely free operating system created especially for astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts. It is based on the world’s most popular free distribution of Linux, Ubuntu, and built around the MATE desktop environment.

Distributed as a dual-arch Live DVD

It is available for download as a dual-arch Live DVD ISO image, designed from the ground up to support both 32-bit and 64-bit computers, which must be written on a DVD disc or a USB flash drive of 4GB or higher capacity in order to boot it from the BIOS of a PC.

A boot prompt customized for astronomers

From the boot prompt, the user can start Distro Astro directly from the Live DVD with default drivers or in safe graphics mode, install Distro Astro on a local disk drive, run a memory diagnostic test, as well as to boot an existing OS from the first disk drive.

Super fast, familiar and traditional desktop environment powered by MATE

It appears that MATE is in charge of the graphical session inside Distro Astro, providing enthusiast astronomers with a super fast, familiar and traditional desktop environment that uses a single taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where they can launch applications or interact with running programs.

Includes a plethora of open source applications designed for astronomers

The distribution is packed with a plethora open source applications designed for astronomers, among which we can mention XEphem, Astronomy Lab 2, AstroCC Coordinate Converter, Cartes du Ciel, or SkyGlobe, KStars. It also provides telescope control, supporting most common telescopes from Celestron, Meade, Orion, and many other useful tools.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Distro Astro is a great distribution of Linux that features free software dedicated to astronomy use, from planetariums, observatories and professional researchers, to amateur enthusiasts and astrophotographers.

Reviewed by on June 26th, 2014

last updated on:
June 26th, 2014, 8:02 GMT
developed by:
Bamm Gabriana and Rochelle Derilo
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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Distro Astro - The desktop environment of the Distro Astro Linux operating system
What's New in This Release:
  • Updated Kernel from 3.2.0 to 3.8.0:
  • We know it's not the latest kernel, but we have tested this for stability and compatibility with the astronomy software we provide. Linux 3.8.0 is the same kernel available in Ubuntu Raring Ringtail and Linux Mint 15 Olivia.
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As its name suggests, Distro Astro is an open source and free Linux distribution designed for astronomers and based on...

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