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Intel Pentium or compatible CPU with minimum 200 MHZ
128 MB RAM (to run, for installation 192 MB RAM is necessary)
2 GB free HD Space (recommend: 4 GB or more)
16 MB Graphicscard (recommend: Intel GMA 9xx)
Mouse, Keyboard and Monitor
ZevenOS is based up on Ubuntu thats based on Debian.
Debian has a conservetive way in including software and especially kernel versions. Therefore we based our system upon the Ubuntu Kernel as it provides a wider and better hardware support.
The kernel version we are using is Kernel 2.6.24 wich is provided by Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron”
We included Ndiswrapper to have a larger support for Wifi cards with using the Windows Inf Drivers.
On the Desktop we are using the fast and lightweight IceWM (Window Manager) IceWM provides several themes(Vista, Ubuntu, MacOS). The standard theme is a ZETA look a like.
The default filemanager is Thunar which includes thunar-volman for handling HAL and Devices like Network Shares or external Hard Drives
The Office Suite consists of Abiword (for Word Processing) and Gnumeric (Spreadsheet)
For Multimedia Playback we included audacious (for mp3 playback) and Quodlibet (for Music Management) and Mplayer (Videoplayer) + Avidemux (Video Editor)
For Development there are simple editors like vi, medit or geany. As full IDE we included Gambas 2.
Performance – Compatibility and Ability to run on old Hardware – Easy to use Interface (oriented at BeOS)
The heart of our system is the Linux Kernel which is a very modern piece of software thats supports dozens of hardware components.
So almost every hardware will work right out of the box with our system.
Besides that we include a large number of great software products, like Word processing, Spreadsheet management, Multimedia and Development tools like Gambas 2 or Python 2.5.
With MAGI 2 ZevenOS has a very slick and fine tool for starting applications and managing the system.
Test drove live cd. It picked up Belkin wireless PCMCIA F5D 7010 with realtek chipset. Only problem I saw was it was driver for PCI instead of PCMCIA. Another Drawback is they're website is in German and bugfix douwloads are described in German. Operating system will work in English but found that in Favorite Applications menu the listings are in German even though everything else will turn up in English. I give this distro a thumbs up for hardware detection and access to debian/ubuntu repositries. Desktop is fast and cd is 688 mb i386 iso live cd. One of the best distro's for older hardware that I have seen, if they get the menu language thing sorted out. I will use it if that 1 item is addressed. Hopefully someone will translate their webpage. Slick Distro.