PUD GNU/Linux is an open source and minimal operating system based on the world's most popular free Linux distribution, Ubuntu, and built on top of the lightweight Xfce desktop environment. It is designed from the ground up to support both Simplified and Traditional Chinese languages.
Availability, boot options, supported languages and platforms
The distribution is available for download as a single Live CD ISO image that can be used on either 32-bit or 64-bit hardware platforms. It can be burned onto a blank CD disc or written to a USB flash drive, allowing users to create a portable PUD GNU/Linux installation media.
The beautiful boot prompt will allow users to try the operating system without installing anything on their computers, using the English, Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese languages, as well as to start an existing OS installed on the first disk drive.
Two different editions in a single Live CD
The good news is that the distribution comes with two editions, Home and Professional, which can be selected from the boot menu. However, the bad news is that the Professional edition does not provide users with a reliable desktop environment.
Lightweight desktop environment and software packages
The Xfce desktop environment is comprised of a single taskbar localted on the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can access the main menu, launch apps, switch between virtual workspaces, as well as to interact with running programs and the functions implemented in the system tray area.
Among the installed apps, we can mention ISO Maste CD image editor, Thunar file manager, xCHM chm viewer, Leafpad text editor, Comix comic viewer, GPicView image viewer, Exaile audio player, VLC Media Player, aMule P2P client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Deluge BitTorrent client, gFTP file transfer client, Pidgin instant messenger, and OpenOffice.org office suite.
All in all, PUD GNU/Linux is a minimal, lightweight and easy to use distribution of Linux that can be installed on low-end machines or computers with old hardware components. A LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) edition of PUD GNU/Linux also exists on Softpedia!