Helal Linux

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An custom Ubuntu Linux operating system designed for the Islamic and Arabic community

editor's review





Helal Linux is an open source and free computer operating system derived from the world’s most popular distribution of Linux, Ubuntu, built around the modern Unity desktop environment and tailored for the Arabic and Islamic community, even though the default language is English.

Available as a dual-arch Live DVD

The distribution is available as a dual-arch Live DVD ISO image of approximately 1.3GB in size, downloadable from the project’s homepage or via Softpedia. Supported architectures include 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (x86_64).

The Live DVD comes with standard boot options

As expected from a Ubuntu remix, the Live DVD comes with standard boot options, such as the ability to start the live environment with default drivers or with basic ones, start the graphical installer directly, perform a system memory diagnostic test, as well as to boot an existing OS from the first disk drive detected by the BIOS.

Beautiful and modern graphical environment powered by Unity

The Helal Linux developer have not removed the modern Unity graphical environment from the Ubuntu base. In fact, they beautified it with a superb icon theme and a white desktop theme, comprised of the usual elements: the top panel and the dock (application launcher) on the left side of the screen.

Includes powerful and popular open source applications

Some powerful and popular open source applications are included in Helal Linux, such as the Chromium, LibreOffice, Synaptic Package Manager, Unity Tweak Tool, VirtualBox, Deja Dup, Wine, FileZilla, Boot Repair, Brasero, Grub Customizer, Geany, VLC Media Player, Rhythmbox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Transmission, Shotwell, Ubuntu Tweak, Skype and GIMP.

It also include various software for the Islamic and Arabic community, such as Othman Quran browser, Monajat applet, Almbacharon and Dawawin, as well as in-house built applications like Helal Software Center, Helal Recorder, Helal Control Center, Helal URL Shortener, Helal WYSIWYG Editor and Helal Welcome.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Helal Linux is a well-done operating system based on the rock-solid Ubuntu OS and tailored for Islamic and Arabic users who love the modern and productive Unity graphical desktop environment.

Helal Linux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 28th, 2014
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