Chris J Powell

OS Sunday – With All the Sniffling and Sneezing, There Must be an Epidemic

With the loss of one of my favorite Linux Distros a few months ago I was quite happy to find another group of Brazilian Developers who have picked up the charge and have continued down a path of what I hope to be Linux Greatness.  The loss of Dream Linux was a bit of a blow but with this find, I hope to move past that and focus on tomorrow rather than yesterday.  Epidemic Linux is a Debian Based DVD distro that features a KDE Desktop. The site is all in Portuguese so I suggest you have Google Translate turned on.

Right off the bat I ran into a bit of a glitch in trying to download from the North American Mirror but that was rectified by simply switching to another Mirror and the 1.6GB download arrived very quickly.  The Live Boot was incredibly fast on the OpenBox Virtual Machine that I opened for it with 4GB of RAM and 20GB of Disk Space.

Epidemic Linux has a unique Graphic Installer though.  It takes me back to my early days of Mepis Linux but once I got the lay of the land, it was a refreshing change and I had the installer purring along in a matter of minutes. The install itself took less than 10 minutes and the first boot took 30 seconds to bring me to the impressive KDE Desktop.  So far I was quite impressed.

Right off the bat I took a quick lay of the land and was quite impressed with how things were laid out.  The developers took a vanilla version of KDE and added some Brazilian “Spice” to it.  The choices for default Apps was well appointed and I would agree with all but one of the choices:

  • Web Browser – both Konquoror and Ice Weasel (Linux version of Firefox)
  • Office Productivity – LibreOffice
  • Multimedia – Amarok, Juk, Dragon Player, Kaffeine and VLC
  • Other Internet – Google Gadgets, Blogio, KTorrent and KMail

Using Synaptic Package Manager I was able to refresh the Repositories and download Chromium and some of my other preferred Apps quickly and efficiently rounding out the setup that I would want from a Distro.  Everything was very responsive and it all appeared to be very stable.  I was even able to tap into the Network Share using the preconfigured Samba platform but as I was feel when I am working with a KDE desktop…there is something missing that I have never really been able to put my finger on.  Outwardly I love how KDE sets things up…but for what ever reason (and Kubuntu has lived the same fate with me) I go back to Gnome, Unity or XFCE every time.

For that reason…and it is not a really good reason, I have to give Epidemic Linux a:

I will however continue to work with this Distro…hoping that it will convert me and make me love KDE.


Chris J Powell


2 thoughts on “OS Sunday – With All the Sniffling and Sneezing, There Must be an Epidemic

  1. Hi,
    Nice to see that Epidemic finds users elsewhere. However we do not link Epidemic to disease, but to addiction …
    We thought of a English subforum at our site, but unfortunately there is no English native speaker. So we are not able to support foreign users.

    Hope you find back to KDE without ranting!
    (from the Epidemic team)

  2. I found the OS quite impressive although E17 (desktop) doesn’t seem to be available for this distro for some reason. KDE (Plasma Desktop) pretty much makes up for such shortcomings though! I also installed Gnome but really prefer KDE right now as was able to add some KDE packages to give it some real flare. I give Epidemic my full seal of approval although the first time I was using it after several boot ups and configuration changes the xinit config became corrupt and I subsequently lost the desktop. After the re-install now seems fairly stable, kudos the developers of Epidemic Linux v.4.0.2!

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