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A fork of Arch Linux built around the Xfce desktop environment and designed for beginners

editor's review




Nosonja is a free, open-source, stable, fast and live distribution of Linux derived from the highly acclaimed and lightweight Arch Linux operating system. It is built around the Xfce graphical desktop environment and specifically designed for Linux beginners.

It’s distributed as a 32-bit Live CD

The distro is distributed via Softpedia as a 32-bit Live CD ISO image, which means that it will only work with software packages that have been optimized for the 32-bit (i686) architecture. However, it is bootable on both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms.

You can boot the OS in safe video/kernel modes

From the boot menu of the Live CD, you can boot the OS with default kernel parameters, with a safe kernel or in safe graphics mode. In addition, it is possible to boot an existing operating system from the local drive, run a memory test or view detailed hardware information.

Xfce is clean and modern, with a traditional layout

Xfce is clean and modern in this Arch Linux-based operating system. It features a traditional layout that comprises of a single panel located on the bottom edge of the screen, allowing the user to easily navigate the main menu and launch apps.

The panel can also be used for quick interaction with running programs, as well as to add shortcuts for favorite apps and access mission-critical system functions.

A rolling-release distro that includes top-notch applications

Being based on Arch Linux, Nosonja is a rolling-release distro that includes top-notch applications like the Chromium web browser, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Audacious audio player, VLC Media Player and Transmission torrent downloader.

Additionally, the PacmanXG graphical package management, Mirage picture viewer, Emesene instant messenger, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, BleachBit system cleaner and GParted partition editor are also included in this fast, stable and reliable distribution of Linux designed for low-end computers.

Nosonja was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 18th, 2014
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