Roberto J. Dohnert informed us a few minutes ago that the OS4 12.5 Linux operating system was made available for download for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.
Being redesigned from the ground up to satisfy the needs of most PC users, OS4 12.5 is a major update to the open source Linux distribution developed by Roberto Dohnert.
OS4 12.5 comes packed with Wine and everything a user needs to install Windows games and apps without much hassle, as well as out-of-the-box multimedia playback backed by Audacious and Totem, and lots of codecs.
It is compatible with many commercial apps, such as Lotus Notes or Oracle Database products, and offers full support for Apple's HFS and HFS+ filesystems.
Powered by Linux kernel 3.2.0, OS4 12.5 incorporates the OpenBSD SSH server, ClamAV anti-virus, as well as Denyhosts for improved security.
OS4 12.5 also comes with AbiWord text editor, Gnumeric spreadsheet app, Evolution groupware suite, as well as the Google Chrome and the lightweight Midori web browser.
Last but not least, OS4 12.5 supports lots of Wi-Fi adapters and mobile broadband providers.
"Today we are pleased to announce the next generation of operating systems and the most advanced release of OS4 to date, OS4 12.5."
"OS4 12.5 has been designed from the ground up to satisfy the needs of casual PC users all the way to the professional user. It is available in 32 and 64 bit releases," said Roberto J. Dohnert in the official release announcement.
If you want to see the highlights of OS4 12.5, watch the video below for a complete virtual tour offered by Roberto J. Dohnert.
OS4 12.5 is distributed as Live DVD/USB ISO images of 1.5GB in size, supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
Download OS4 12.5 right now from Softpedia.
Would anyone care to tell me where to find the default username and password for the DVD? That would help me form an objective opinion of the distro. If you want to be really generous you might also tell me where to find the actual md5sum for the _64 version.
Comment #3.1 by: Marius Nestor on 13 Jul 2012, 14:30 GMT
Leave the fields blank and login or try "desktop" for both usersname/password.
Here's the MD5 for 64-bit ISO: http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/pcos/os4-12-5-x64.iso.md5
I tried the new OS4 and liked it but why is it asking to buy it? Many other distros are free and offer just as much functionality or am I being too cheap?
Comment #4.1 by: Marius Nestor on 13 Jul 2012, 14:16 GMT
Not at all, but open source software developers need to put some food on the table too, right? The OS4 developer is not asking for money, it just offers an opportunity for people who don't have the time, the knowledge, or the required Internet connection to download 1.5 GB ISO images, and they prefer to buy a DVD disc or USB key instead :)
I have been keeping up with this distro since it reached 12.0 and this thing beats the Mac, it beats Linux Mint and its a solid OS. I recommend this to whoever wants a great stable desktop where everything works.
http://www.os4online.com and he even posted a comparison to LinuxMint lately http://www.os4online.com/2012/09/os4-13-vs-linux-mint-13.html
Next time I want to buy a system, Im going to buy it from this group.