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Linpus Lite 1.4 review

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The Simple Mode interface has five tabs by default – Internet, Office, Games, Sound and Video, and Preferences. You can delete a tab, create a new one or just rename an existing tab. You create a new tab by right-clicking on an existing tab and clicking on “Create a new category.”

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Customization options in Simple Mode

When newly created, a tab is just an empty space with a generic name – Tmp1, and a generic icon. To populate the tab with applications, you right-click anywhere on it and select “Applications.”

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A new tab in Simple Mode

Populating a new tab with applications is via a simple drag and drop operation from the available applications window. Removing applications from a tab’s interface is also by drag and drop from the available applications window.

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Customizing a new tab

Installed Applications: Linpus Lite 1.4 comes with a mix of free and non-free applications. Aside from the usual set of desktop accessories and system tools, here are a list of some of the most important applications pre-installed:

  • Firefox
  • OpenOffice.org Suite
  • F-Spot Photo Manager
  • The GIMP
  • Empathy IM Client
  • Ekiga
  • Thunderbird
  • Transmission BitTorrent Client
  • FBReader – e-book reader
  • Google Gadgets
  • Totem Movie Player
  • Rhythmbox
  • HomeBank – personal accounting application
  • Sunbird Calendar
  • Qt3 Assistant, Designer and Linguist
  • Qt4 Designer and Linguist

Software Management: From the command line, application management is via the Yellowdog Updater Modified (yum) package manager. The Live Update graphical package manager, accessible from System > Administration > Live Update, offers a more user-friendly interface for managing applications and applying updates to the system. From Live Update, you can set up system update preferences. The default system update settings are shown in the image below. From a security stand point, these settings are not good enough. Almost every Linux or BSD distribution I have reviewed is configured to check for updates at least once per day.

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Automatic system update settings

To be able to use Live Update to add or remove applications. you need to register a free account with Linpus. Unfortunately, there are no applications to add or remove or even update via Live Update in this edition of Linpus Lite I obtained for review. The only updates available for the system – gtk+ and online-updater, could only be applied by running yum update.

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5 Comments

  1. gz5owner says:

    I downloaded the iso and have used unetbootin to make a live usb as well as have used dd =if to make a live usb in both i received either a penguin with a status bar which doesn’t move or a blinking caps lock light I then resorted to using brasero cd burner and burned the iso as an image file and received a blank screen with a blinking caps lock light and a blinking cruiser. I then tried another iso download the same happened. I’ve been using other distos since a month after I got this acer gz5 and have always wondered why linpus never worked for it not even the recovery disks. nice review but I’m amazed someone were able to do it. :)

  2. John Biles says:

    Linpus Lite default Desktop should be “Simple Mode interface” with Gnome and Xfce as a option. I will download this distro only because of the “Simple Mode interface” as it looks user friendly!

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