PC User October 2010 issue – UserOS Select 10.04

Things in PC User Labs have been absolutely crazy over the last few weeks with a bumper October 2010 issue of PC User coming out in a week or so.

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.

5 comments for “PC User October 2010 issue – UserOS Select 10.04

  1. Dario
    September 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    One point to note is that wicd doesn’t support mobile broadband (http://wicd.sourceforge.net/moinmoin/FAQ). Do we need to install Network Manager from http://packages.ubuntu.com then ? Anything else to keep in mind when doing this ?

  2. October 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Useros select 10.04 is running nicely. Pingus is blacking the screen out every three seconds, Inkscape 0.47 is a killer app, but installing CUPS for printer support has so far beaten me. The XFCE4 manual section on printer configuration is totally missing, and there are no clues in the menu structure even after CUPS has been installed from the APC DVD.

  3. October 16, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I fixed the screen blackout problem running pingus by starting from the command line. Using pingus -ms cut out sounds and music since I had my on-board sound card disabled. Entering man pingus told me all I need to know.

  4. Dean Vivian
    November 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I have just installed UserOS Select 10.04onto a old box (AMD Duron 1200 CPU) and am quite impressed so far – as I have been with UserOS 8.04 on my eeePC 7″ netbook. Congrats once again Darren on another excellent project, thanks heaps for the other apps you do, such as RockPOD – extremely useful for me.

    The SELECT folder is brilliant, given that the Duron machine does not have any connectivity. However, I may end up buying a USB wifi dongle to put it online.

    Are there any suggestions as to what one to buy so that it works seamlessly with UserOS?

    • Darren Yates
      November 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm

      I haven’t done much testing with Wi-Fi and UserOS Select – but it’s something that needs doing.
      My deadlines are pretty horrendous at the moment but I’ll grab hold of a couple of units and see how it goes.

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