SnowBird Linux

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An open source Linux operating system, a remix of the Fedora Linux distribution.

editor's review






SnowBird Linux is an open source distribution of Linux that uses a clean theme with flat icons, bundled video and audio codecs, as well as software packages from Remi, Open Printing and Russian Fedora. It is based on the Fedora Linux operating system and built around the GNOME desktop environment.

Distributed as a dual-arch Live DVD

The distro is available for download as a single, dual-arch Live DVD ISO image of over 2GB in size, which means that the user must write it to a DVD disc or USB stick of 4GB or higher capacity in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer.

Boot options

The boot screen of the Live DVD is identical with the one found on many official or third-party Fedora spins, allowing the user to start the live environment with default options or in safe graphics mode, run a memory test, boot an existing OS from the local drive, or check the integrity of the DVD media.

Superb desktop environment with Numix artwork

SnowBird Linux's superb desktop environment is powered by GNOME, which uses the astonishing Numix theme and a two-panel layout. While the top panel is designed for launching applications, interacting with opened windows or cycling between virtual workspaces, the bottom panel will let the user to interact with running programs.

Top-notch applications

Among the preinstalled applications, we can mention flareGet download manager, Dia diagram creator, CherryTree text editor, Bluefish HTML editor, Corebird Twitter client, Empathy instant messenger, Evolution email and calendar client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, and GIMP image editor.

Additionally, the HandBrake video converter, KeePassX password manager, LibreOffice office suite, Google Earth 3D interactive globe, Inkscape vector graphics editor, Google Chrome web browser, gFTP file transfer client, Shotwell image viewer and organizer, Skype VoIP client, Meld diff and merge tool, and ROSA Media Player are also included.

Bottom line

Summing up, SnowBird Linux provides users with a modern, productive and attractive desktop experience, mostly because of the GNOME desktop environment.

SnowBird Linux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 27th, 2014
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