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Linpus Lite 1.4 review

Sep 23, 2010, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Linpus Lite is the distribution for netbooks and smartbooks developed and maintained by Linpus Technologies, Inc. of Taipei, Taiwan. The company's flagship Linux distribution used to be Linpus Desktop until it decided to focus on the Lite and QuickOS line. Linpus Lite 1.4, announced on July 30, 2010, is the latest update, and also the first to come with a standalone installer. This article is the first review of the Linpus Lite edition to be published on this website.

"Let us begin by looking at the installation program.

"Installation: Linpus Lite is based on Fedora, and uses a cool-looking installer dubbed Sapphire. Sapphire, like Anaconda, the Fedora installation program, is a two-stage installer. It, however, lacks the advanced features of Anaconda. For example, disk encryption is not supported. For a distribution designed for use on netbooks and smartbooks, I did not expect it to support RAID, but it is worth confirming that is does not. LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, is also not supported. The only journaling file systems supported are ext3 and ext4. By default, the installer creates two partitions, one for /boot and the other for the root file system directory. A new installation takes up about 3.8 GB of disk space."

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