BeatrIX 2005.1 Linux is a free, compact (Less than 200 megabytes), operating system aimed at both office and home users who want something simpler, safer and superior to Microsoft Windows, and that will run on just about any IBM-compatible PC made in the past 10 years. It runs as a live CD or it can be installed to hard drive. As a live CD, it does not touch your hard drive or touch any other operating system you have. SImply insert the CD, re-boot, and about two minutes later, you're surfing the Internet, writing letters, sending e-mail and instant-chatting. All this from a CD the size of a beer coaster.
"It's beautiful. It's easy. It's useful. You are amazing."
BeatrIX is designed differently than any other system. Yes, it's Linux, but it doesn't look like Linux. Or Windows. Or Macintosh. It simply looks like a computer desktop. That desktop has only four icons -- all easily recoginsable by anyone who's used a Windows, Mac or Linux computer in the last decade. So, anyone can use it with little or no help. It took us a year to release our first version because so much time was devoted to usability and stability.
"I wonder how many people are sitting down
and just USING it without instructions?"
The new BeatrIX 2005.1 contains a Linux 2.6 stable kernel (operating system) a Windows-like desktop (Gnome), Web browser (Firefox), e-mail program (Evolution), office suite including an outstanding word processor compatible with Microsoft Word (Open Office), instant-chat program (GAIM) and everything else necessary to get things done with no problems. You can also add almost any program to BeatrIX from Ubuntu Linux and Debian Linux -- the world's largest Linux library -- everything from Web servers to Web editors. Free.
"You helped me take three boxes destined for the junkyard and turn them into usable, stable, modern tools for my students' education."
It is optimised for any Pentium-class computer of any speed with at least 64 megs of RAM. At the other end of the spectrum, it runs flawlessly on an Opteron 64. It was originally designed for a special computer system called the mini-ITX but it runs on nearly anything.
"The simplicity with the attention to the most used applications in a very minimal but elegant manner has so bowled me over."
That means it will run on about 75% of the personal computers in the world. You download it, burn it to CD, read less than a page of instructions and you no longer need Microsoft Windows for the majority of things that a majority of people do in the real world with a computer.
"The question is, Does it work? And the answer is a resounding YES!"
- Aditya Nag, Linux Times
BeatrIX is now in use in more 120 countries on every continent on Earth. It has been downloaded in excess of 200,000 times (More than 70,000 copies were downloaded in January alone.) and is one of the fastest-growing software packages in the world, in use from Afghanistan to Zaire.
"But what's the one live CD to carry around with you, not only to wow your friends, but to do actual work quickly and efficiently: BeatrIX."
Sounbds like what your after (I only skimmed).