As its name suggests, Semi-Automatic OS is an open source virtual operating system that includes the QGIS 2.0 Semi-Automatic Classification plugin, which is pre-configured along with all its dependencies, such as SAGA GIS, Orfeo Toolbox, GDAL, Matplotlib and Numpy.
Distributed as a virtual machine disk
The Semi-Automatic OS Linux distribution is based on the Ubuntu operating system, supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and it is distributed as a virtual machine disk engineered to require very little hardware resources and compatible with the VirtualBox or VMWare virtualization software.
The VMDK image is archived with the 7zip (7z) format and it is fully compatible with the aforementioned virtualization software running on GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X operating systems.
From the GRUB bootloader, the user will be able to start the operating system with default boot options or advanced options, as well as to perform a system memory diagnostic test using the powerful Memtest86+ utility.
Familiar desktop environment powered by LXDE
The default and only desktop environment of this virtual appliance is LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), which gives you a familiar feeling. It comprises of a single panel located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can launch applications or interact with opened programs.
Includes a minimal set of applications
A minimal set of applications is included in this Ubuntu-based distribution, among which we can mention the PCManFM file manager, Leafpad text editor, Midori web browser, AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, GRASS GIS geographic resources analysis support system, QGIS and SAGA GIS geographic information systems.
Summing up, Semi-Automatic OS is a great appliance for scientists who want a very portable operating system that helps them to process and analyze geodata with minimum effort and in a shortest time as possible.