Epidemic GNU Linux

4.0 / 4.1 Beta 1 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
4.1/5 37
A Brazilian Linux distribution based on Debian Linux

editor's review






Epidemic GNU Linux is an open-source and completely free distribution of Linux derived from the award-winning and highly acclaimed Debian GNU/Linux operating system, built around the KDE Plasma graphical desktop environment.

It supports only 64-bit hardware platforms, distributed as a Live DVD

Be aware that this is a modern operating system that has been designed from the ground up to be used only on 64-bit capable computers. It is distributed as a Live DVD ISO image of approximately 1.5GB in size, which must be written on a DVD disc or a USB thumb drive in order to boot it from the BIOS of a PC.

A multilingual operating system

This is a multilingual operating system that supports English, Spanish, German and Brazilian Portuguese. These are also the main boot options presented to the user from the get-go.

The KDE Plasma desktop looks fantastic in this distro

As mentioned, the default and only desktop environment of Epidemic GNU Linux is KDE Plasma, which looks fantastic in this distribution, comprised of a single taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where the user can launch apps, access system functions, configure the OS, navigate between virtual workspaces and interact with running programs.

Default applications

Default applications include the Iceweasel, Rekonq and Konqueror web browsers, VLC Media Player, LibreOffice office suite, KTorrent BitTorrent client, Akregator RSS feed reader, Kopete instant messenger, Konversation IRC client, Amarok audio player, K3b CD/DVD/BD burning software, JuK music player and Dragon Player video player.

Bottom line

Epidemic's main features include the KDE Plasma desktop, CompizFusion, an easy-to-use installer, the GFXBoot bootloader, support for several media codecs, and out-of-the-box support for various proprietary kernel drivers. It is a stable and reliable operating system that can be easily installed as the only OS on your computer.

Epidemic GNU Linux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 3rd, 2014
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