AriOS Changelog

New in version 4.0

October 8th, 2012
  • A beautiful, productivity-oriented desktop session using Avant Window Navigator + Compiz/Metacity.
  • A script to auto-detect Nvidia Optimus chips and install Bumblebee software
  • GUI to turn on/off auto-mounting of partitions at boot
  • A handpicked selection of multimedia, graphics and office software
  • Important package versions:
  • Linux kernel 3.2.0-23
  • GNOME Shell 3.4.1
  • Firefox 15.0.1
  • Thunderbird 15.0.1
  • Libreoffice
  • VLC 2.0.3
  • GIMP 2.8.2
  • Chromium 20.0.1132.47
  • Choqok 1.3
  • Virtualbox 4.1.12

New in version 4.0 Beta (March 29th, 2012)

  • Linux Kernel
  • GNOME 3.3.92
  • Unity 5.8.0
  • Firefox 11.0
  • Chromium 17.0.963
  • VLC 2.0.1

New in version 3.0 (July 3rd, 2011)

  • Noteworthy points and changes in this version:
  • -No Unity! Unity has been removed as I think it still lacks a lot of features and customization options.
  • -Downgraded compiz. AriOS comes with compiz 2:0.8.6-0ubuntu9.2.1 to avoid the problems reported about the new version shipped in Natty.
  • -Sessions: You can choose between 3 sessions at login: AriOS, AriOS-2D and Gnome Classic. The default session (AriOS) uses compiz as window manager, if your video card is capable of running compiz and you have the proprietary drivers installed (Nvidia & ATI). Otherwise it will revert to AriOS-2D session which uses Metacity for managing windows.
  • -Alt+F2 shortcut has been re-assigned to Synapse, the smart, semantic launcher. There are 3 ways to summon Synapse: pressing Alt+f2, pressing Ctrl+Space and using the “Run Command” button in the main menu.
  • -Offline driver installer: This is a utility meant for computers with poor or no internet connection. It installs proprietary drivers (Nvidia, ATI, Broadcom STA, etc.) It should only be run before any software is updated, added or removed. To use it run “AriOS Driver Installer” from the “Administration” menu or type “driver-install” in a terminal. (Many thanks to for helping me to make this work.)
  • -Multimedia codecs and two powerful media players (VLC and GNOME Mplayer) for playing all kinds of audio and video files as well as video DVDs.
  • -Evolution replaced by Thunderbird.
  • -LibreOffice has replaced
  • New Additions:
  • Clementine: A powerful, feature-rich music player which looks like the famous Amarok 1.4 series.
  • Angry Birds: A very popular game which you can play directly inside Chromium web browser even while you’re offline!
  • Choqok: A very powerful and easy-to-use Twitter and client.
  • Openshot: A video editor
  • Gnote: A good note-taking application. t has replaced Tomboy.
  • GShutdown: A simple utility for scheduling shut-down and reboot.
  • Geeqie: A very fast and light-weight image browser and viewer.
  • Uget: A download manager that can use aria2 for downloading files.
  • Skype: Make quality voice calls.
  • Super Boot Manager: A utility to modify Grub, Burg and Plymouth.
  • Boot Repair: A utility to backup and recover Grub