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Under these rocks and stones

Aug 30, 2010, 18:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Smith)

"In the past few months I've found that I have been focused a lot on the bigger names in the Linux and BSD communities. I have been looking at the mainstream distributions and the headlines and generally enjoying the view. However, an important part of the open source community is all the little projects which dot the landscape and it's a good idea to stop and examine those too from time to time. Keeping that in mind, this week I decided to do a series of rapid-fire reviews in which I took a quick look at the following distributions.

"Me-OS

"Me-OS is a new distribution (started in February 2010), created by Josh Secrest. The young distribution sits on an openSUSE 11.3 base and has a strong ease-of-use focus. The project's website is small with a pleasant blue and white theme and the project has a friendly and informal feel common to one-person efforts. The project currently offers one ISO download, a 32-bit live CD.

"Booting the live disc displays a boot menu with options for adjusting the video settings, language and setting kernel parameters. Booting into the live CD brings us to a GNOME 2.30 desktop with a bright, watery background. The first thing I noticed was a large search box in the middle of the desktop, which works as an application launcher. At the top of the desktop is a quick launch bar, at the bottom is a regular application menu and a taskbar. A collection of icons sit on the desktop, providing links to the user's home directory, an application updater, the system installer, an icon which opens an informal introduction to the operating system, and two icons labelled "App Center" and "Essential Software"."

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