It uses a heavily-modified GNOME 3 desktop, and is published by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider based in Taiwan. Unlike any other distribution that I have used or reviewed in recent memory, a new installation of Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 is virtually without any usable application, other than Firefox 8.
It has a graphical installation program, but it is of no use when it comes to installing applications or updating the few that are installed. The main interface of Online Updates, as it is called, is shown below. Even though it says there are patches (updates) available, none is listed. So, how do you install or update applications on this distribution?
So, how do you install or update applications on this distribution? From the command line, using the command yum. But how do you know what applications are available for installation? Well, I have done the job for you. Below is a list of applications that you could install to make your Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 installation just like any other:
- brasero, media burner for GNOME
- evolution mail and calendar
- cups, printing package
- empathy IM client
- evince, a PDF reader
- gedit, a text editor
- gnome-utils, system utilities for GNOME
- rhythmbox. a music player
- system-config-firewall, graphical firewall management tool
- system-config-printer, graphical printer management tool
- totem, a video player
If you are new to the Linux command line, just launch the shell terminal from the dock and type yum install *insert-application-name-here*. For example, yum install empathy. To update all applications in the system, type yum update. This screen shot shows an example of how you can install multiple applications at the same time.
If you install all the applications in the list above, you should have a very usable GNOME 3 desktop. Your desktop should now look like what is shown in the following screen shots.