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A free, minimal and low on resources Live CD distribution derived from OpenSolaris

editor's review





MilaX (formerly Damn Small Solaris) is an open source and freely distributed desktop-oriented Live distribution derived from the OpenSolaris operating system. It has been designed to allow users to take full advantage of all OpenSolaris tehcnologies, such as ZFS, DTrace and BrandZ. It is built around the JWM window manager.

It’s distributed as a 32-bit Live CD

This unique OpenSolaris distribution can be downloaded from Softpedia or its official website as a Live CD ISO image that contains software packages optimized only for 32-bit hardware platforms. It can be used on 64-bit and SPARC machines too.

It boots into RAM

The Live CD boot menu is powered by GRUB and allows the user to start the live system with normal configuration, in text only mode or in RAM by copying the contents of the ISO image and ejecting the bootable medium. It is also possible to boot an existing OS from the local drive.

JWM is in charge of the graphical interface

Being designed from the offset to be as low on resources as possible, MilaX uses JWM (Joe's Window Manager) for the default graphical desktop environment. JWM has been tweaked with a dark theme and uses a single panel located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where you can navigate the main menu, launch apps, cycle between the two virtual workspaces, as well as to interact with opened programs and system tray functions.

Comes pre-loaded with useful software

The operating system comes pre-loaded with useful software packages, such as the Beaver and Vim advanced text editors, Midnight Commander two-pane file manager, emelFM file manager, XMMS audio player, Xpdf PDF document viewer, VNC viewer remote desktop viewer, Rdesktop remote connection manager, AxyFTP file transfer client, Irssi IRC client, fbxkb keyboard indicator and switcher, as well as Torsmo system monitoring utility.

MilaX was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 22nd, 2014
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