SuperX lammar 5.0 introduction and a quick review.

Introduction

As per the site, SuperX which stands for Simple User-friendly Powerful Energetic Robust eXperience is a free and Open Source operating system based on the Linux kernel, GNU utilities, KDE Neon desktop environment (UI) and depends on Ubuntu code base.

It was first developed by Wrishiraj Kaushik and his group in Indian city named Guwahati in 2007, when he was only a school student. SuperX had its first significant public release in the year 2011, with Wrishiraj setting up an organization named Libresoft Technology Pvt. Ltd. to help and promote SuperX. SuperX has developed significantly throughout the years. 5 versions later, it is utilized by numerous people and associations over the globe. SuperX is likewise one of the preloaded OSes in laptops offered out to high-school students in the time of 2013 by State Government of Assam to acquaint them with open source. (Source: Wikipedia)

Hardware Compatibility

I did not get any official system requirements but I researched and found some basic requirements needed for KDE desktop environments so you can take a look.

Minimum 2-GHz processor (dual-core recommended). At least 2 GB of RAM. 15 GB of disk space (25 GB recommended). 64-bit processor (recommended).

Download and Installation

There are two primary methods for getting SuperX OS. First, Windows users can download the SuperX ISO and after that, install alongside Windows so you can pick among Windows and SuperX at the boot time. 

Second, the user can likewise make a live USB with which you can use the live version of SuperX OS or install on the system.

Impressions and Features

At present, I am using the most recent version SuperX 5.0 “Lamarr”. I have tried two or three different desktop environments, including GNOME, Cinnamon and Mate yet never looked at KDE so now the time has come to have a go at something different. To deeper understand the OS, I chose to pass judgment on it not on my own work process but rather on the nature of experience that SuperX is trying to create. So here is my experience with the system.

Look and Feel

The first thing came in my mind is that the KDE implementation is very straightforward and feasible for newcomers and what I particularly liked about how Libresoft’s SuperX KDE developers tweaked it to be basic and effective.

One example of this tweaking I loved is the presence of icons of network, software update, volume and vault which gives users a chance to create encrypted folders on KDE Linux directly from the panel. You can also see the output of command “cat /etc/os-release”.

Network connectivity

My LAN Wired network connected fine. Much of the time the wired network connection will just work with no changes to the default SuperX configuration. A wired network connection is chosen as default when they are accessible. But in case of a wireless network, I needed a driver in order to operate. The best way to check this is to open the Driver Manager but unfortunately by default KDE Neon doesn’t have any driver manager and you have two options to install Drivers.

First, you can install all the drivers manually. In this case, you need to know what drivers you need to install. Second, you can install a driver manager which will install all the drivers automatically on your system. I recommend you install Kubuntu Driver Manager. First, install synaptic manager and then open Synaptic, search for kubuntu-driver-manager and install it.

Now, the Driver Manager can help with selecting, installing, and activating the proper driver. Once this has been done, the system will need to be rebooted.

Package management & updates

For instance, I searched for VLC in the update manager from the panel and it took a second to display it and also showed a screenshot.

I tried Moun which lets you customize everything you need, except drivers.

Resource utilization

Firefox, VLC and Paint running in the background. This is the graph. I did NOT test the battery life just yet, so that’s something to follow on in the near future.

Applications Included

SuperX comes preloaded with both the Mozilla Firefox, Chromium browsers (i do not like browser based on chromium engine).

A complete package of LibreOffice. The default video player is VLC and Musique is the default music player.

Other solid software packages include KDE games such as Kapman and Potato Guy, Image editor, Kdenlive, KWrite text editor, KTorrent torrent client, GParted partition editor, Konversation IRC client and many more. For the people who are looking for an App Store equivalent, there is the SuperX apps store that lets you search and install apps in a few clicks.

Easy Navigation

Moving around the desktop is simple in SuperX OS. The left corner holds the main menu button. Click on it to see the full-screen show of all introduced projects. This is the complete list of Favorite and Recent Applications. Click on the desired icon or to open the document or load the program. Likewise at the top of the screen is the search bar where you can search for any application and icon for that particular application show up on the screen under their menu classifications.

Power icon is also present at the left of the screen, click it to see a list of Power options, including Suspend, Restart and Power Off in one row. In a second row are the Session options: Lock and Log Out. Power icon is also present at the left of the screen, click it to see a list of Power options, including Suspend, Restart and Power Off in one row. In a second row are the Session options: Lock, Log Out and New Session. Panel bar is present at the bottom of the screen. It holds a minimized program and the traditional notification area. You can place any expected KDE widgets on the panel.

Conclusion

SuperX is really different, not the same as most Linux distributions. With its KDE Neon UI experience, it is very basic, simple to use and it is just perfect. SuperX has practically all applications that a normal home or office user will use and other applications can be installed using the graphical software manager.

Honestly, I love to use every linux based distro but I cannot use it regularly due to its KDE desktop environment. It is heavy, messy and too much customized for me. I find completely uncomfortable using it but the experience was quite amazing.

Reviewer : Rajesh Prajapati

More Information

I am not a free software guy: Wrishiraj Kaushik at TEDxSaraighat

SuperX (Operating System)

SuperX official website

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Biplab Das

Biplab Das

My name is Biplab Das. I’m a writer, Blogger, Programmer, ICT tutor and a part-time website developer whose childhood obsession with science fiction never quite faded. A quarter-century later, the technology that I coveted as a kid is woven into the fabric of everyday life. I’ve spent the past years to learn these technologies, i recently published a book on computer science fundamentals. People say smartphones are boring these days, but I think everyone is beginning to take this wonderful technology marvel for granted.
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