Unity Linux

2010.2 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
4.0/5 33
A free Mandriva-based Linux distribution that utilizes the Openbox window manager

editor's review






Unity Linux is an open source, completely free and Linux kernel-based operating system derived from Mandriva. It strives to provide Linux developers with a solid and well maintained base that can be used as a starting point for building custom distributions of Linux based on Unity Linux.

Offers both 64-bit and 32-bit Live CDs

Currently, Unity Linux offers both 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit Live CD ISO images, which can be downloaded via Softpedia or directly from the project’s homepage (see link above).

You can use the operating system from RAM

From the boot menu, you can boot the live system with default drivers, in safe graphics mode, in failsafe mode or by copying the contents of the bootable medium (CD or USB) to RAM and eject it.

It addition, you will be able to perform a system memory diagnostic test, as well as to check the integrity of the bootable medium, which works only if boot from a CD disc.

The graphical session is traditional, includes a few apps

To use the graphical environment, you must first select a language, timezone, set the date and time and choose a keyboard layout. At the login prompt use the credentials displayed on the upper left corner of the screen (guest/guest or root/root).

The desktop environment is built around the minimal Openbox window manager, providing users with a traditional setup comprised of a single panel located on the bottom edge of the screen.

Default applications include the Midori web browser, PCManFM file manager, Xarchiver archive manager, SciTE text editor, as well as XTerm and Sakura terminal emulators.

Almost 7,000 packages are available after installation

After installation, developers and users alike will have free and unconditioned access to nearly 7,000 open-source software packages, available from the default software repositories of the distribution. It uses a SVN (Subversion) repository to facilitate easy access to these packages.

Unity Linux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 18th, 2014
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