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A GNOME edition of the SymplyOS Linux operating system, based on openSUSE Linux.

editor's review




SymplyOS GNOME is an open source distribution of Linux based on openSUSE operating system and built around the modern GNOME desktop environment. It has been created with the SUSE Studio tool and designed for mid-range and high-end computers.

Available for download as a 32-bit Live CD

The GNOME edition of SymplyOS is available for download from its official website or via Softpedia as a single Live CD ISO image that has been tagged for the i686 architecture. While it will run on both 32-bit (i686) and 64-bit (x86_64) computers, the distro supports only 32-bit applications.

Beautified boot loader à la openSUSE Linux

Being based on openSUSE, this operating system’s boot loader features a beautiful background image and allows the user to start the live environment with default boot options or in safe graphics mode, boot an existing operating system from the first disk drive, as well as to run a system memory diagnostic test.

Modern and productive GNOME desktop environment with GNOME Shell

Before you can use the GNOME session, you must choose a language and keyboard layout. The GNOME desktop environment will automatically use the modern and productive GNOME Shell interface if a 3D-enabled graphics card is detected. If not, it will switch to the GNOME Classic graphical session.

Default applications

Default applications include the Gedit text editor, GIMP image editor, Chromium web browser, Empathy instant messenger, Evolution email and news client, AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, Miro music and video player, VLC Media Player, Totem video player, and Brasero CD/DVD burning tool.

Bottom line

Summing up, the GNOME edition of SymplyOS is a very stable and reliable operating system that uses one of the best open source desktop environments on top of the latest upstream openSUSE version. You should also check out the KDE3, Cinnamon and KDE Plasma editions of SymplyOS!

SymplyOS GNOME was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 17th, 2014
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