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Super OS
Super OS running
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelOpen source
Initial releaseJuly 17, 2008
Latest release11.10[1][2] / September 14, 2012 (2012-09-14)
Available inmultilingual (more than 55)
Update methodAPT
Package managerdpkg (Debian Packager)
Platformsi386 (x86), AMD64
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
user interface
GNOME, Unity
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official websitehacktolive.org/wiki/Super_OS

Super OS (formerly: Super Ubuntu[3]) is a free Linux distribution. It is a modified version of Ubuntu made with reconstructor.[4] Its main goal is to provide an ‘Out of the Box’ experience,[5] containing various enhancements over Ubuntu. It has the goal of remaining compatible with Ubuntu.[4]

Features[change | change source]

Tools and software[change | change source]

App Runner[change | change source]

App Runner[6] is a script included in Super OS that allows any kind of executable or script to be launched without having to use the command line. App Runner was also subject of an article by Lifehacker, saying "App Runner would come in handy" and "there's plenty of scripts and closed-source apps that this would be useful for".[7]

Live USB[change | change source]

There is also a Windows tool called cd2usb[8] to create Ubuntu and Super OS Live USBs. The program is already included in the DVD of Super OS.[3]

RUNZ Framework[change | change source]

The RUNZ Framework [9] is a tool that allows the use of portable apps and something called SuperDebs (an installer with a .deb file + its dependencies that can be installed offline[10]) in Super OS. It is already included in Super OS 9.04 SP 0.1+[11]

Software repository[change | change source]

In addition to the official Ubuntu repositories, Super OS also includes its own repositories,[12] which include third-party software like Adobe Reader, Skype, Real Player, TrueCrypt, PeaZip, Google Chrome or Ubuntu calendar, but also include tools/software developed by hacktolive, like App Runner and RUNZ.[13]

Reception and adoption[change | change source]

Super OS has been received mainly with positive reviews, with softpedia saying "it is a distribution with super powers […] [due to] the inclusion of applications, tools and technologies that are missing from a standard Ubuntu".[14] Super OS (still with the name Super Ubuntu at the time), was also Lifehacker's featured download saying "It's basically just a re-compiled version of the official Ubuntu distribution, but with a whole bunch of features included that save you the time of grabbing them yourself".[15]Super OS is also the OS that the Helios project[16] (a non-profit organization to give away computers to children without the money to buy them) pre-loads on most of the computers they give away.[17][18][19] As of July 2013, Super OS is in the top 100 of the page hit ranking of DistroWatch,.[20]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Super OS 11.10 released". Archived from the original on 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  2. "Distribution Release: Super OS 11.10 (DistroWatch.com News)". distrowatch.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Loading..." hacktolive.org. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Loading..." hacktolive.org. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  5. "Loading..." hacktolive.org. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  6. "Loading..." hacktolive.org. Archived from the original on 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  7. Geek, The How-To. "App Runner Makes Launching Linux Executables Easier". Lifehacker.
  8. "hacktolive.org/cd2usb". Archived from the original on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  9. "The RUNZ Framework". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  10. "SuperDebs - Hacktolive.org". Archived from the original on 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  11. "Super OS Service Pack". Archived from the original on 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  12. "hacktolive.org/wiki/Super_OS_repository". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  13. "hacktolive.org/runz". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  14. Nestor, Marius. "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Super Ubuntu". softpedia.
  15. Purdy, Kevin. "Super Ubuntu Rolls Multimedia and Helpful Extras into Ubuntu". Lifehacker.
  16. "www.fixedbylinux.com/about". Archived from the original on 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  17. "Helios at hacktolive.org". Archived from the original on 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  18. "Living To Hack and Getting It Done".
  19. ""Once the computer data is wiped, Starks and his team install Super OS, a free, open-source derivative of Ubuntu"".
  20. "DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD". distrowatch.com.

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