AgiliaLinux is a fork of MOPSLinux, a defunct Linux distribution that was based on Slackware. Now, AgiliaLinux is an independent, multi-purpose distribution with development roots in the Russia Federation (MOPSLinux was also a Russian distribution).
AgiliaLinux 8, the latest release, was made available for public download on October 3 2011. With this release, AgiliaLinux’s development model was changed to a rolling release model, that is, AgiliaLinux is a rolling release distribution, with stable snapshot releases every three months.
The installation image comes as a single, Live-DVD ISO image, with a separate image for 32- and 64-bit architectures. This review, the first for AgiliaLinux on this website, is based on test installations of a 32-bit image. The second screen of the boot menu is shown below. (The first screen of the boot menu gives you the option to choose the installation language – English or Russian.)
Installer and Installation Process Installing a new system is accomplished via a graphical application with a tabbed interface. Installation takes over a 13-step process, with easy to understand options. Where advanced options are available, they are accessible from another tab, so that no options are opened in a new window. It is a very detailed installation program. This screenshot shows available installation sources.
And this shows the desktop environments available. I like this because it makes it easy to install any number of desktops from one ISO image. Clicking on each desktop option provides some information about the chosen desktop environment, like the minimum memory requirement. This screenshot shows information about the GNOME 2 desktop environment (GNOME 3 is not supported). Screenshots from this step of showing information about the other desktop environments are available on the last page of this review.
The installer lacks an automated disk partitioning feature, which means that you will need some knowledge of disk partitioning in Linux, or a good tutorial, to install the system successfully. The manual disk partitioning tool used is GParted. While it is not difficult to use, you need a basic understanding of disk and disk partitions in Linux to use it. If you are new to Linux, and are attempting to install AgiliaLinux, I recommend that you read guide to disks and disks partitions in Linux. The installer lacks support for disk encryption, LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, and RAID. Supported journaling file systems are btrfs, ext3/4, jfs, nilfs2, reiserfs and xfs.
At the boot loader installation step, there is no indication to which boot loader is going to be installed, but after installation, you will come to know that GRUB 2 is the installed boot loader. There is no option to specify a password for GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader.
The installer offers many options. You even get to choose what network manager to install. The default is NetworkManager. Once all the installation settings have been configured, the actual installation of packages takes about 20 minutes. If it had support for disk encryption and LVM, and had an automated partitioning feature, this would have been a perfect installation program.
Login In And Using The System is via the familiar GDM login screen. If you have been using GNOME 3 or the Unity Desktop, you probably no longer know how it looks like.
The desktop features the familiar GNOME 2 desktop with a cool-to-the-eyes wallpaper. I have been using Ubuntu 11.10 for about two weeks now, and this actually feels very refreshing. Almost everything are where they are supposed to be. I say “almost” because the System -> Administration menu, which should be just under the System -> Preferences menu, is completely missing. Also, the mushroom-shaped icon (arrowed) is a dud. It is not tied to any executable program or application. Somebody forgot something or that mushroomed-shaped icon serves a purpose that I do not know. But those are just minor shortcomings. Being able to populate the top panel with widgets that you choose, makes it feel much better than the GNOME 3 and Ubuntu Unity.
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