Other Administrative Tools: Aside from Live Update, all the other graphical administrative tools available on Linpus Lite 1.4 are the same that you will find on GNOME and Xfce desktop environments, and on Fedora.
Users and Groups management utility
Media and Hardware Detection: The available hardware tested on the system worked. My HP Deskjet F4280 All-in-One printer was automatically detected and configured. An external Gear Head webcam worked. Music CDs and DVD videos were properly detected and the appropriate application suggested for handling them: Rhythmbox is the default audio CD player, and Totem is the default Movie player. With the absence of libdvdcss in the repository and in the list of installed applications, Totem could not play encrypted DVD videos.
Security: Linpus Lite 1.4 comes with the firewall enabled out of the box. The graphical firewall manager is the same one available on Fedora (13).
SELinux, a flexible mandatory access control program contributed to the Linux kernel by the National Security Agency (NSA), is disabled. If you understand how it works and what you want to do with it, you may enable it from the graphical management interface.
Final Thoughts and Suggestions: Linpus Lite is a very good distribution. Not perfect, but very good. Read this and this for my idea of what a perfect distribution should be. The main issues I have with this distribution is that the edition I obtained for this review has not been made publicly available for download, and some of the installed applications are several revisions behind. For example, Firefox 3.6.3 is installed, while Firefox 3.6.10 is the current stable version.
When the repository is populated with current stable applications, when updates are accessible from the Live Update application, and when you can download an ISO image from Linpus, this is one distribution I will confidently recommend for all users – newbies and guru alike. If you live in a region where you can buy a netbook pre-loaded with this distribution, go for it.
Ok, for suggestions to Linpus developers, here’s just a few I have to offer:
- Support for full disk encryption in Sapphire
- Support for setting a GRUB password during the installation phase
- Would love to see LVM as the default disk partitioning scheme
- Would love to see a media center application – Moovida or XBMC – installed by default
- Application tool tips on mouseover when in Simple Mode
Resources: The standalone installer of Linpus Lite 1.4 used for this review is not yet available for download by the public, but you may download the Windows installer of version 1.3 here. An edition of Linpus Lite for MeeGo™, optimized for the Intel® Atom™ processors, was announced on September 1, 2010. It was on display September 13 to 15 at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, USA. It ,too, is not yet available for download. I will make an effort to obtain it for review.