We’ve got cameras and inkjet multi-function devices hanging about everywhere but on the cover disc, we’ve got our latest operating system, UserOS Select 10.04.
This operating system is very different – it’s based on Ubuntu 10.04 but it comes with very little: codecs, Flash, Firefox 3.6 and that’s about it. The operating system is about 370MB – light and nimble.
However, there’s one more application built into our UserOS Select operating system – and it’s called PC User Select. This app allows you to install any of over 50 different applications you’ll find in the SELECT folder on the cover disc.
UserOS Select has two main aims – to allow you to build the Linux PC you want without the applications you don’t AND to build the Linux PC you want without the need for an Internet connection.
The SELECT folder on the cover disc contains all the necessary files for over 50 applications – everything from games to OpenOffice.org to video editors, system utilities to financial software. All you need is the PC User Select application built into UserOS Select to install them – no internet required.
And there are different options too – if you don’t want something huge like OpenOffice.org, you can go with Abiword (word processing) and Gnumeric (spreadsheets) for a smaller and lighter alternative.
UserOS Select is really designed to allow you to start with a blank sheet and install just the apps you want, rather than what other people think you should have.
But even on its own, UserOS Select can be used as a rescue disc and has enough smarts to play YouTube videos or run any web-based applications.
You can install UserOS Select onto a USB flash drive, optical disc, you can even install it on a virtual machine. With a 2GB flash drive, you can install the operating system and have enough room to load in the SELECT folder. This way you can setup your perfect Linux PC straight from a USB flash drive – no disc, no internet required.
It’s all on the October 2010 issue of PC User, out September 6 at all good newsagents.