User Guide

Introduction
  • History
  • Purpose
  • Version
  • Help
Installation
  • Downloading
  • Burning ISO
  • Booting
  • Installer
Desktop
  • Dock
  • Panel
  • Programs
  • File Manager
Application
  • Add or Remove Programs
  • Audio
  • Image
  • Video
  • Web
Tips and Tricks
  • Archive
  • Backup and Restore
  • Notes
  • Share
  • Sync
Closing
  • Conclusion
  • Disclaimer
  • Contrubuters
  • Credits
  • Revision

Introduction

LuninuxOS is a GNU/Linux distribution that comes pre-installed with essential application you need everyday; it is based on Ubuntu (www.ubuntu.com), which is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian, another distribution that is based on the GNU operating system with the Linux kernel. Ubuntu is a product of Canonical Ltd and it has been the backbone of many GNU/Linux distribution such as LuninuxOS, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS and many more...It is one of the most popular GNU/Linux distributions and is continuing to gain popularity rapidly.
  • History
  • What started as a hobby mid November 2010 by the alias aBsolutex3 at XDA-Developers is now know as LuninuxOS. My interest in Linux began in October 2007 when I stumble upon Ubuntu, I skimmed a few articles on where to download; I read a paragraph about the project then went to the download page; browsed the ISO files and downloaded ubuntu-7.10-desktop-i386.iso Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) from my Windows XP machine with a single-core AMD Athlon x64 processor. I burned the ISO file to a Phillips 700MB CD-R with InfraRecorder. I restarted my computer and I was prompted if I wanted to install Ubuntu, use the Live CD and a few other options, I selected to use the Live CD and I was impressed when I saw the desktop, I then went ahead to browse the system and finally I decided to install it, at the time I knew very little of what I was doing but I did it anyway, I answered a few question from the installer and I wiped my harddrive; I was asked by the installer to restart my machine, so i did, the CD just eject from the optical drive and I took it out and hit enter. I arrived at when I know now as GRUB bootloader. I realized all my files where gone when the system booted. Over the next few months, I learn to adapt to the desktop and found many useful skills, including multi-booting and file recovery. Over the years I learn to do many things with my computer, I explored the OSX86 project, and many of the GNU/Linux distribution; BackTrack, OpenSUSE, Fedora, FreeBSD, PC-BSD, Mandriva, Sabayon Linux, Knoppix, xPUD, etc. In 2010 I received my first Android phone and I quickly rooted it. After a couple months with the phone I started to mod ROM's for it. In December 12, 2010 Sn0wL1nuX Sn0wL1nuX-x64.iso was uploaded to Megaupload and over the months there were upload to SourceForge. Sn0wL1nuX 10 was the first stable but 11 soon was release to fix a few problems. In time a friend from XDA-Developers, Emerson Levi, provided a hosting service for the project to be hosted. A few months after the project was submitted to DistroWatch undes the name Sn0wL1nuX, Lars Torben made a distribution and named it Snowlinux so I decided to change the name of my distro from Sn0wL1nuX to LuninuxOS to avoid any confusions. LuninuxOS release 11.10 in July and a few more releases after that, all of which can be downloaded from SourceForge.net
  • Purpose
  • LuninuxOS is built with many factors in mind, it is designed to be easy to use and simple to navigate all the application. It is build for the desktop user that demand beautiful looking desktop; it come packed with great application to use for audio, video, web and many more...
  • Version
    • LuninuxOS 12.00 Desktop Beta (x86) (x64)
    • LuninuxOS 11.11 Desktop (x86) (x64)
    • LuninuxOS 11.11 Desktop Beta (x86) (x64)
    • LuninuxOS 11.11 Desktop Alpha (x86) (x64)
    • LuninuxOS 11.10.5 Desktop (x86) (x64)
    • LuninuxOS 11.10 Desktop (x86) (x64)
    • Sn0wL1nuX 11 Desktop (x86) (x64)
    • Sn0wL1nuX 10 Desktop (x86) (x64)
    • Sn0wL1nuX (x64)

Installation

LuninuxOS is 100% free of charge to download... you can download it from SourceForge.net which come in an ISO file format, you can burn the file to a DVD or Copy it to a bootable USB storage but you always can purchase a premade LuninuxOS disk or USB and it will be mail to you in days. You can try LuninuxOS without making any change to your current Operating System in what is known as "Live CD", "Live DVD" or "Live USB" mode.
  • Downloading
  • If you have the bandwidth, you can download LuninuxOS from SourceForge.net, simple navigate to http://sourceforge.net/projects/luninuxos/files and select the version number and download the corresponding architecture for your system, The download might take a while depending on your connection speed, it will be best to read about the new feature of the release, known problems, upgrading the previous release, etc...

    If you wish to help the project finacially, you can purchase a DVD or USB via download page and it will be mailed to you in a few days.

  • Burning ISO
  • So you have finished downloing the ISO image, what next? Well we need to put the image onto some sort of bootable storage; a blank media, i.e DVD or USB drive...

    In Windows, we can use InfraRecorder...Windows 7 has a build in tool we can take adavntage of as well.

    In Mac OS X, we can use Apple's Disk Utility (Disk Copy in older versions).
    In LuninuxOS or any desktop based Linux distrubution, there will be plenty on opensource tools we can use... But we will use Brasero for now.
    Optinal USB boot in LuninuxOS.

  • Booting
  • The booting...

  • Installer
  • A good "rule of thumb" is that machines that could run Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Mac OS X will almost always run LuninuxOS. simple try LuninuxOS as a live ssession first to check the hardware compatibility. Here is the Hardware specifications...

  • Minimum Hardware

    1. 1000MHz x86 processor
    2. 256MB plus 256MB Swap or more system memory (RAM)
    3. 10GB of disk space or more should work well
    4. Graphics card and monitor capable of 800x600
    5. CD/DVD-drive
    6. Sound support, if you need sound.
    7. Internet access is helpful

  • Recommended Hardware

    1. 2000MHz x86 processor
    2. 1024MB of system memory (RAM)
    3. 20GB of disk space works well
    4. Graphics card and monitor capable of 1024x768
    5. CD/DVD-drive/USB-port
    6. Sound support, Keyborad and Mice.
    7. Internet access.

  • Excellent Hardware

    1. 2500MHz dual-core x64 processor
    2. 2048MB or more system memory (RAM)
    3. More than 100GB of disk space
    4. Graphics card and monitor capable of 1280x768 or better
    5. CD/DVD-drive/USB-port
    6. Sound support, Keyborad and Mice.
    7. Internet access.

    The Ubiquity installer is the default application that will help you install the content of the Live CD to you Harddrive. the installation starts by asking you a preferd language, so go ahead and select the language you feel confortable with...the installation should look similar to the steps shown below.

Desktop

Gnome is the default desktop environment for LuninuxOS, it is a graphical user interface that runs on top of a computer operating system. It is composed entirely of free and open source software. Gnome is an international project that includes creating software development frameworks, selecting application software for the desktop, and working on the programs that manage application launching, file handling, and window and task management.
  • Dock
  • In LuninuxOS, the Dock is located at the bottom of the desktop, it is simple refer as Docky and it enable the user with a way of launching, switching between, and monitoring running programs or applications.
  • Panel
  • By Default, LuninuxOS has a top Panel for notification and can act as a highly configurable launcher and taskbar for Gnome.
  • Programs
  • The core application LuninuxOS provide is a Web browser, File manager, Audio editor, Email client, Disc manager, Text editor, Media player, Instant messenger client, Photo manager, Torrent client, Document processing, Video editor. There are additional applications available as well, please see release note for details. There are additional applications available as well, please see release note for details.
  • File Manager
  • Nautilus file manager is provided as a default and essential part of LuninuxOS, it supports browsing local filesystems as well as filesystems available through the GVFS system, including FTP sites, Windows SMB shares, OBEX protocol often implemented on cellphones, Files transferred over shell protocol, HTTP and WebDAV servers and SFTP servers.

Application

Ubuntu Software Center is a utility for installing, purchasing, and removing software in LuninuxOS. Inaddition we can also use Synaptic Package Manager and Advanced Packaging Tool for a more detailed installation of applications.
  • Add or Remove Programs
  • Audio
  • Image
  • Video
  • Web

Tips and Tricks

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  • Archive
  • Backup and Restore
  • Notes
  • Share
  • Sync

Closing

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  • Conclusion
  • Hopefully this overview helped you with LuninuxOS and Linux in general. Most feel comfortable with using Linux after a review and have a better understanding of the GNU projects goals, which is free software for all. As always one can expand their knowledge by exploring the many flavors of the Linux desktop, KDE, LXDE, XFCE, Blackbox, Openbox, etc. "Did you know if you learn one thing every day, you would learn 365 things in a year..." Enjoy the many options the GNU project and Open Source have to offer and thank you for giving LuninuxOS a try.

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