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PureOS 6.0
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1 8498 09-12-2012
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No recommendations None indicated 4.0

Description: "PureOS 6.0 is a multilingual live CD/USB based on Debian 'testing' with GNOME. Supported locales: FR (France, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland), EN (USA, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, India), others (Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey). Main features: Linux kernel 3.5.3 and GNOME 3.4.2 (GNOME Shell + GNOME Classic). Internet: Chromium 21.0 with Flash player. Multimedia: GNOME MPlayer. Graphics: Evince and Eye of GNOME. System: GParted, smxi/sgfxi scripts, scripts for modules management: activate, debs2lzm, debs2lzm-file, dir2lzm, lzm2dir and find2lzm."
Keywords: Debian-based multilingual kernel-3.5.3

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Old 09-12-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 4


Oh dear, what ever has happened to PureOS?

The installer no longer lets you create a user: you get the default ‘guest’. And you still can’t encrypt, or even set the time zone.

The installation disk has shrunk to a CD and the only applications provided are Chromium and Gnome-Mplayer. At least they both work perfectly and have all the necessary plugins and codecs. For adding extra software, PureOS still relies entirely on Debian; but then, if they haven’t got it who has? I tried to add LibreOffice Writer, but only the complete package was listed. I then found OpenOffice Writer and asked for that: I got LibreOffice Writer! It did not give me a dictionary, and some of them are listed under Hunspell, others under Myspell. Once things are found, they do work, again courtesy of Debian. Using multiple keyboard drivers is now possible.

I then decided to do something about being ‘guest’. I logged in as root, created a new user (and I had to set all the necessary group memberships), removed ‘guest’, and disabled autologin. When I rebooted the computer, gdm hung. It hadn’t been reconfigured, still being set to automatically log-in as ‘guest’, so I had to edit /etc/gdm3/daemon.conf in tty1.

The value of PureOS was as a quick, simple installer for Debian, but it's now far less trouble to just go for Debian or Pinguy.


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