What is GNUinos?

GNUinos is an operating system focused on covering the general porpose of desktop computing. It uses the tools of GNU OS in combination with the Linux kernel. This outfit is called GNU/Linux or GNU+Linux.

GNUinos is based on the Debian Live project. Debian is an influential GNU/Linux distribution known for its adherence to the philosophy of the Free Software. It is well known that debian is a solid, stable and secure operating system, and this fact becames it in a perfect base to build from. But this huge stability carries one disadvantage: the oficial releases of the distribution are ready only when they are ready, and the applications included in it are little old. This is due to the fact that debian is not so much targeted at desktop computers, rather at servers. In this regard, GNUinos provides also mirrors based on the testing branch of debian, witch are usefull to prove new upstream software while debian is in freeze.

GNUinos uses Kde as desktop environment, but it offers other alternatives like the nimble OpenBox window manager. The mirrors (available for i586 and x86_64 machines) are iso-hybrid,  so they can be transfered to a USB stick in a very easy way. Then you can run the system using the RAM memory, and after booting up from the pendrive you will not end up at a login screen, because no password is needed during live sessions.


Some features

  • 100% free operating system (there is not private software included in it).
  • Kernel GNU Linux-libre-3.16.7-1
  • Kde-4.14 Plasma Desktop Environment.
  • Ultra light base edition with Openbox-3.5 window manager.
  • BulmaGés-0.15 (accounting and invoicing programs).
  • Compton Composite Manager, a fork de xcompmgr-dana.
  • Easy hard drive / USB installation using debian-installer, with the posibility of persistance if you want, saving all your system changes in the stick.


Repositories of GNUinos

Whilst GNUinos tries to be as lightweight as posible, it doesn't offer many software in advance. But you have the chance to install all extra packages you need  from the repositories of GNUinos, containing many software packages ready for installation. Use Synaptic and the APT software management for that.

You must add to the "/etc/apt/sources.list" file the following lines:

deb http://packages.gnuinos.org/ jessie main
deb-src http://packages.gnuinos.org/ jessie main 

After that, you need to import the public key:

curl http://packages.gnuinos.org/gnuinos_pk.asc | apt-key add -