Chris J Powell

Testing LuninuX OS – an Ubuntu Based Linux Distro

My how the time flies another Sunday is upon us and this week I scoured the Interwebz for another Linux OS to review.  I came across an interesting “young” distro that peaked my attention as it is Ubuntu Based, Uses an interesting Dock and at its core is Gnome Based.

LuninuX OS is available freely from and I chose to download the AMD64 version and set forth to install it on a VirtualBox VM with 4GB of RAM and 15GB of HDD space.  The Distro is a DVD based OS that comes in at just over 1.3GB as a download and while I normally recommend using Torrents for downloading, it did not move very quickly this morning so I switched over to the SourceForge Download.

Installing went smoothly as it uses the standard Ubuntu Installer and from beginning to a fully functional desktop was about 8 minutes out the door which is pretty respectable (last week I did a Windows XP install for a colleague that took 18 hours to complete).  As a Live DVD it booted up in the VM in less than a minute to full desktop so I was quite impressed.

For a small independent Distro I was very impressed with the quality of documentation, screenshots and support offered at the site…kudos to the team (would name you off directly but I was not able to find that information on the site, Twitter or Google+!

Installed Apps include:

  • Gnome  for the Desktop with a custom Dock called Docky
  • LibreOffice Suite
  • the Gimp
  • Banshee
  • MyPaint
  • Brasero
  • Skype
  • VirtualBox
  • Firefox Browser
  • full Multimedia Drivers

Overall I would give LuninuX OS:

Almost a full Dozen and with a slight increase in the quality of the Documentation…this could very well become my daily Driver!


Chris J Powell



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