Ikey Doherty announced yesterday, June 12th, the immediate availability for download and testing of the fourth Alpha version of the upcoming SolusOS 2 Linux distribution.
This new development release of SolusOS 2 is powered by a heavily tweaked version of the Classic (not fallback) GNOME 3.4 desktop environment, designed by the developers to look and feel exactly like GNOME 2.
"This release saw vast improvements in the desktop theming, as well as the introduction of a Desktop Settings tool which enables users to quickly and easily change the appearance and behavior of many aspects of the desktop environment."
"The appearance of the desktop has been greatly improved and is very slick and responsive. Our Cardapio Menu implementation is now truly integrated into the desktop, offering users the first true Gnome 2 like desktop environment based on Gnome 3.4 technologies," the official announcement read.
Highlights of SolusOS 2 Alpha 4:
· Linux kernel 3.3.6 (with preempt/BFS);
· SolusOS GNOME Classic 3.3.4 desktop environment;
· Mozilla Firefox 13.0 web browser;
· Mozilla Thunderbird 13.0 email client;
· LibreOffice 3.5.4 office suite;
· VLC Media Player 2.0.1;
· OpenShot 1.4.2 video editor;
· Removed GNOME symbolic icons;
· Added the ability to add your own icon theme;
· Better integration of Notify-OSD;
· Better support for scanners, mobile broadband, and printers;
· Added extra Intel firmware;
· Fixed "authentication" dialogs issues.
SolusOS is a modern Linux distribution based on the Debian mammoth. It has support for modern hardware, up-to-date applications, and everything else works out-of-the-box.
SolusOS tries to be a lightweight Linux operating system, suitable for both new and old machines. It requires only a PAE-capable i686 CPU, 512 RAM and 3 GB or free hard drive space.
Download SolusOS 2 Alpha 4 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is an alpha version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.