Baltix 3.0 screenshot (GNOME)
|Company / developer||Open Source for Lithuania / Mantas Kriaučiūnas|
|Working state||In production / development|
|Source model||Free and open source software|
|Initial release||June 2003|
|Latest stable release||12.04.1 (October 26, 2012[±])|
|Latest unstable release||12.04.1 (2012-10-26) [±]|
|Available language(s)||Multilingual (more than 55)|
|Update method||APT (several front-ends available)|
|Default user interface||GNOME and Unity, in some versions LXDE (previously KDE)|
The first public versions of Baltix were released in 2003 and were based on Knoppix Live CD and Debian software packages, and later, on the Morphix Live CD framework. Most recently, Ubuntu technology was chosen for Live CD. Despite of changes in startup and installation technologies, Baltix is always distributed as an installable Live CD with graphical installer.
Since 2007 separate Baltix CD/DVD images for home/business use, educational institutions (DVD version for "Science and Education") and servers are being released.
Baltix can run directly from its live-CD, without installation to a computer's permanent storage (hard disk, solid state drive, etc.), but also can be installed into a computer's Linux or Windows partition(s).
Baltix has software packages not included in default Ubuntu CD/DVD images:
- Educational software for kids and adults, including GCompris, TuxPaint, Atomix, etc.
- Parental Control and Content Filtering software GNOME Nanny, Dansguardian-GUI
- Possibility to run software, compiled for Windows OS Wine (software)
- Vector graphic, CAD and diagram drawing software, including Inkscape, QCAD and Dia
- Internet telephony (VOIP) software, compatible with Google Talk - Empathy
- Lightweight Desktop Environment - LXDE + PCManFM (older versions had IceWM as lightweight Window Manager)
- Clipart, CAD and office documents templates
- Lots of other packages, which are useful for Lithuanians and other Baltic people, including
- - connections to Lithuanian/Latvian mobile Internet providers and drivers for popular 3G and 4G (Wimax) modems
- - universal dictionary software OpenDict
- - various spelling and hyphenation dictionaries, etc.
- Easy and right away ready for majority of Lithuanian, Latvian and Russian home/office users (no need to install additionally software for multimedia support or office work, e.g. spelling dictionaries or templates)
- Ability to run software, compiled for Windows OS
- Possibility to work comfortable on older computers (starting from 128MB RAM and 500Mhz CPU), little resources consuming desktop environment is included (currently LXDE)
- Comfortable for computer manufacturers (Baltix 1.x, 2008 and 2010) have a noninteractive automatic installation (autoinstall) feature - OS can be installed into computer in about 10 minutes without user intervention.
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