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A custom and freeware distribution of Linux based on the openSUSE operating system

editor's review




As its name suggests, TugaSUSE is an open source distribution of Linux based on the popular openSUSE operating system. It features GNOME as its main graphical desktop environment and has been created for the TugaTech community, which means that it uses Portuguese as the default language.

Downloadable as a 32-bit Live CD

The project can be downloaded from Softpedia or directly from its official website as a single Live CD ISO image that has been tagged for the i686 architecture. This means that it will run well on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers, but will only support 32-bit applications.

Standard openSUSE boot menu

The boot menu of the Live CD is a standard one for an openSUSE-based distribution. It allows the user to start the live environment with default boot options or in safe graphics mode, boot an existing operating system from the local drive, as well as to perform a system memory diagnostic test.

The GNOME desktop environment uses the GNOME Shell interface

As mentioned, the default and only desktop environment of this Linux distro is GNOME, with the modern and productive GNOME Shell interface. It provides users with a pure and untouched GNOME desktop experience.

Please note that the default username/password combination for the Live CD is “user” (without quotes) and the root (system administrator) account uses the “root” password (without quotes, of course).

Default applications

Default applications include the AbiWord word processor, Chromium and Mozilla Firefox web browsers, GIMP image editor, Audacity audio editor, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Tomboy note-taking app, Wine and all the GNOME games.

Bottom line

In conclusion, TugaSUSE is a decent operating system that can be used directly from the bootable medium or installed on a hard disk drive. Users are warned that the system is unfinished and that known issues are documented on the official forum http://tugatech.com.pt/forum.

TugaSUSE was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 18th, 2014
TugaSUSE - The overview mode of the GNOME desktop environment included in TugaSUSE

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