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"Today we are announcing the new release of OS/4 OpenLinux 14. With this release we bring many new enhancements to the OS/4 line. OS/4 OpenLinux 14 is the result of a year's worth of beta testing and kernel enhancements, and has easily outnumbered the team's current record of 57 beta builds with 135 beta builds that we delivered to our beta testers. The results have been astounding. One of the things we try to improve on with our releases is the user experience. We want to deliver a system that is beautiful, intuitive and that is easy to use for our users so with that we made some improvements to the icon set, we went with the Radiance and Ambience themes for Xfce and we also introduced a bunch of new backgrounds so users can beautify their desktops any way they see fit."
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.