2010.12 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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An Arch Linux spin-off that uses Openbox as its default graphical desktop environment

editor's review




Elegance (formerly K2Z) is an open source and completely free desktop-oriented operating system derived from the simple and lightweight Arch Linux distribution, inspired by ArchBang and built around the Openbox window manager.

It’s distributed as a 32-bit Live CD

Currently, the Elegance Linux distro is available for download as a custom Arch Linux Live CD that contains software packages optimized only for the 32-bit (i686) instruction set architecture. It will run on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers.

Supports multiple graphics cards

From the Live CD boot menu, the user will be able to run the live system with the default video drivers or with support for the Intel, Nvidia and ATI graphics cards. A failsafe mode is also available, as well as the ability to perform a RAM test.

Beautiful and attractive desktop environment powered by Openbox

As it aims to keep things minimal and as simple as possible, the Elegance distribution is built around the Openbox window manager, which uses the Tint2 panel, the PCManFM file manager and various LXDE-specific apps. To access the main menu, right click anywhere on the desktop.

Comes pre-loaded with lightweight, useful apps

With Elegance, the user will be able to browser the Internet in style using the Mozilla Firefox web browser, chat with friends and family using the Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger client, write simple text documents with Leafpad or SciTE, view images with GPicView and listen to music with DeaDBeeF.

In addition, you will be able to view movies with the powerful and popular GNOME MPlayer applications, run commands in a terminal emulator with LXTerminal, view documents with Evince, manager network connections with NetworkManager, partition disk drives with GParted.

You can easily update the system with Yaourt

Yaourt application is also installed for those of you want to install third-party Arch Linux packages straight from the AUR (Arch User Repository) software repo.

Elegance was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 8th, 2014
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