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A free Linux operating that is quite different from other similar operating systems

editor's review




GoboLinux is an open source, freely distributed and modular Linux-based operating system that works a little bit different than other similar products, as it organizes its packages in a new, logical way. It’s an independent project designed from the ground up to provide users with a Linux-based operating system targeted at people who prefer a non-UNIX-like file system layout for their machines.

Logically groups programs and files in directories

The system logically groups programs and files in directories (e.g. /System/Links/Executable) that contain only symbolic links to the actual executable files. For example, instead of having packages installed on different parts of the system, they will receive their own directory tree. This way, the user will always be able to see what exactly has been installed on the operating system, not to mention that the programs will be kept separated inside the distribution, so you can see at all times which files belong to which application.

Distributed as a hybrid Live DVD

It is distributed as a hybrid Live DVD ISO image that can be written to a blank DVD disc using any CD/DVD burning software, or deployed to a USB flash drive using the UNetbootin application. There’s only a single option on the boot menu of the DVD image, to run or install the operating system without testing it. First of all, you will be asked to choose a language (English, Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian, Spanish and German), as well as to select a keyboard layout.

Powered by KDE

After that, you will be dropped to a shell prompt, where you need to type the startx command in order to enter the graphical environment powered by KDE and comprised of a single taskbar located at the bottom edge of the screen. Default applications include the Konqueror web browser, GIMP image editor, Gwenview image viewer, VLC Media Player, Okular document viewer, KMix sound mixer, GParted disk partitioning utility, Htop process viewer, Dolphin file manager, Konsole terminal emulator, Kate text editor, and Ark archive manager.

GoboLinux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on September 20th, 2014

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