Today we saw the latest distro release of LinuxConsole, a basic, independently developed Linux distribution that focuses on games and multimedia support. I found the default LinuxConsole 1.0.2009 live CD to have a very plain feel and setup. All versions featured limited applications in my opinion although the selection was different for each. Well known features of the Live CD version include Gnome, Cups printing, Gimp, gcompris, foobillard, and frozen bubble.
The LinuxConsole 1.0.2009 Live DVD includes everything from the CD, ATICatalyst 9.9, Nvidia 185.18.36, VirtualBox 3.0.6, PlayOnLinux, some interesting 3D gaming options and more.
The LinuxConsole 1.0.2009 Multimedia version is also available and is geared for computers slim on hardware specs. LinuxConsole Miltimedia requires “256Mb only needed for programs, system and data” as stated in the LinuxConsole 1.0.2009 release notes.
If you like the idea but want to create something a little different, check out the LinuxConsole Jukebox. Build your own custom .iso file that includes the modules you want.
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The Ubuntu-based gNewSense is sponsored by the Free Software Foundation and is released without any proprietary or non-free components. This means no restrictions are placed on usage or sharing of gNewSense. The same can’t be said for Linux distros like Ubuntu and Debian. gNewSense is an exact snapshot of what free software has to offer. To achieve this gNewSense comes stripped of Ubuntu logos, proprietary firmware, and restricted modules.
Although I’ve reviewed several Ubuntu-based linux distributions recently(moonOS, Mint7 XFCE, & others) I feel like gNewSense is on a whole different level due to its free software status. Many users will pass over it because it consistently favors compliance over ease-of-use and usability. More and more newbies are coming to Linux for a solution, not because of their morals and beliefs about software. While I’m all for finding solutions, remember that the freedom to share is what got us this far.
I installed gNewSense and have taken these screenshots to share in hopes a few users will give it a shot.