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ZevenOS 3.0
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1 26153 11-30-2010
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100% of reviewers None indicated 5.0

Description: "The ZevenOS team is proud to announce the release of ZevenOS 3.0. This version is based on Ubuntu 10.10 and has a bunch of new features and changes. The base system was updated to Linux kernel 2.6.35 which brings a bunch of new drivers. The biggest change here is the switch from the NVIDIA open-source driver nv to nouveau. Besides that, there are many updated and refreshed wireless drivers on board. Thunar has gained a new context-sensitive entry to convert images. The deskbar was updated to have a dynamic menu which is editable with standard tools. Besides that the deskbar gained many contextual menus which allow access to commonly used actions, like change time & date or mute the volume."
Keywords: Ubuntu-based kernel-2.6.35 nouveau deskbar dynamic-menu

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Old 11-30-2010, 06:42 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
Posts: 5,258

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5

Pros: Good for multimedia (and BeOS/Haiku fans)
Cons: A poor choice of window manager

ZevenOS is very close to Xubuntu: you add software from the Ubuntu repository. So what makes it different?

1. It aims at good multimedia support. Codecs are provided by default and the unreliable Totem is replaced by Parole. It also includes a video editor, a format converter, and a video-clip downloader.

2. It aims to run in 256MB, where Ubuntu recommends 512.

3. It tries to look like the BeOS operating system. In fact, it comes with a tool for installing Haiku (the BeOS clone) on a spare partition and another for accessing its bfs filing system.

Running ZevenOS is basically little different to running Xubuntu. You get a BeOS-style deskbar, but that can be replaced by a conventional panel. The installer is impressive, for it multitasks with the live CD: you can browse the web while waiting for the installation! The one problem is configuration. Although using Xfce, they have used the Sawfish window manager. The two tools to configure keyboard shortcuts are both broken, and Sawfish is so little used these days that googling for help only recovers ten-year-old posts from when it was used with Gnome.

Basically, you could achieve the same sort of system by starting with Xubuntu and adding some software. But it's great if you're nostalgic for your BeBox!


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