Kiwi Linux 12.08
It’s distributed as a multilingual, dual-arch Live CD
Kiwi Linux is distributed as a multilingual, dual-arch Live CD ISO image of approximately 700MB in size, suitable for both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (x86_64) computers. Besides Romanian, it supports the English, German and Hungarian languages.
There are many useful options on the boot prompt
Being based on Ubuntu, the operating system contains its boot prompt, which allows you to try it without installing it, start the installer directly, check the CD for defects, test the RAM (system memory) for errors or boot from the local disk drive.
Features an old-school graphical desktop environment
Kiwi Linux features an old-school graphical desktop environment, powered by GNOME. It uses a two-panel layout, providing users with both a traditional and familiar interface. However, it has been tweaked a little for new Linux users.
The OS contains a standard set of open source applications
Default applications include the Shotwell image viewer and organizer, Chromium web browser, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Remmina remote desktop client, Transmission torrent downloader, LibreOffice office suite, Rhythmbox music player, VLC Media Player and Ubuntu Software Center.
It can be used by any other Linux user out there, not only Romanians
While the Kiwi Linux operating system is tailored for the Romanian Linux user, the truth is that it can be used by any other Linux user out there, not only Romanians.
Thanks to its traditional graphical desktop environment and the standard set of open-source apps, Kiwi Linux can be easily installed and used on low-end machines or computers with old and semi-old hardware components.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on July 14th, 2014
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- It is based on Ubuntu 12.04.1, and keeping in line with the traditional and largely unwritten goals of the project, it targets Linux newbies who find some of the standard Ubuntu apps lacking or who are taken aback by anything too unfamiliar. Windows XP users for example. It also targets lazy people who would otherwise change about the same things on a vanilla Ubuntu install.
- So it features the Classic Gnome 2 desktop, Chromium, VLC, Pidgin, Flash, multimedia codecs and the rar and p7zip archive format handlers popular in Windows. Small changes compared to plain Ubuntu for someone who knows where to find these packages or change the defaults but for new users such small changes can save a lot of googling and digging in forums. I do not think there needs to be any rite of passage for someone to qualify to simply use a free OS.
Application descriptionKiwi is an open source operating system based on Ubuntu Linux and its desktop environment. It is primarily targeted at...