Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
OS4 OpenLinux is what used to be PC/OS; the original name has been retained for the enterprise edition. Itís based on Ubuntuís LTS version 12.04 and uses the Xfce desktop. I tested the 32-bit version.
I couldnít find a checksum for the iso and Ubuntuís disk-checking facility has been removed. The installation instructions available are a bit too brief but the process is simple, although it doesnít use gparted. A usb installer can be made with Unetbootin.
Itís possible to encrypt /home, but not to set a boot-loader password. As usual with Debian derivatives, the firewall is switched off; run gufw to enable it. Apparmor seems to only be set up for Evince, which is not actually installed!
The software provided includes Chromium, Claws Mail, Pidgin, Gimp, Audacious, Audacity, Parole, VLC, Openshot, Steam, Abiword, and Gnumeric. Media codecs and plugins are also present. I had warnings from the command line for Audacious and Audacity. On my computer, Parole needed to be configured with the command Ďparole --xv falseí but nothing could get VLC to work. To enable my usb speakers I had to edit 2 files in /etc and re-boot. A nice touch is the pre-setting of keyboard shortcuts for applications, like Super-w for the browser. For adding extra software (from Ubuntu) both Synaptic and the Ubuntu Software Centre are installed. Dial-up internet support is also present.
Altogether, this is a nice distro, although not as friendly as Mint.
NOTE After this version, the name of this distribution changed to Black Lab Linux.