The Live DVD of Super OS
|Company / developer||hacktolive|
|Source model||Open source|
|Initial release||July 17, 2008|
|Latest stable release||11.10  / September 13, 2012|
|Available language(s)||multilingual (more than 55)|
|Package manager||dpkg (Debian Packager)|
|Supported platforms||i386, AMD64|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux)|
|Default user interface||GNOME, Unity|
|License||mainly open source/various others|
Super OS (formerly: Super Ubuntu) is a freely-available Linux distribution. It is a remastered version of Ubuntu focused on an out-of-the-box experience and "offline freedom". The latest release is based on Ubuntu 11.10, which reached end of life on May 9, 2013.
Tools and software
Super OS includes a graphical way to run executable files and scripts with App runner, regarding multimedia support it is prepackaged with support for MP3 files and video-DVDs. Also included are web browsers (Opera, Google Chrome), Adobe Flash Player, and more communication software (aMSN and Skype), Wine, the GUI for Uncomplicated Firewall, and other software installed by default.
App Runner is a script included in Super OS that allows most executable programs or scripts to be launched without having to use the command line. Lifehacker ran an article about it, saying "App Runner would come in handy" and "there's plenty of scripts and closed-source apps that this would be useful for".
Super OS 9.04 saw the introduction of cd2usb, a windows tool to create Ubuntu and Super OS Live USBs. The program was included in the DVD of Super OS from version 9.04 up to version 10.04., In the 10.10 version, however, cd2usb was replaced by USB-creator.
The RUNZ Framework 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, created by SuperDeb Creator) in Super OS. It is included in Super OS since version 9.10.
In addition to the official Ubuntu repositories, Super OS also includes its own repositories, which include third-party software like Adobe Reader, Skype, Real Player, TrueCrypt, and Google Chrome, but also include tools/software developed by hacktolive, like App Runner, and RUNZ.
Reception and adoption
Super OS has received some positive reviews, with Softpedia saying of Super Ubuntu 2008.11: "The 'super powers' of Super Ubuntu can be translated into the inclusion of applications, tools and technologies that are missing from a standard Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) installation." Super Ubuntu 2008.11 was a featured download on Lifehacker, which said "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." Super OS 9.10 was also announced on Softpedia as "Karmic Koala with Muscles".
As of July 2011[update], Super OS ranked 33rd on the twelve-month page hit ranking of DistroWatch. However, a high page hit ranking on Distrowatch only reflects interest in the distribution, and not necessarily a large user base.
- Super OS 11.10 released
- "Super OS 9.04". hacktolive.org. September 13, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Super OS 9.10". hacktolive.org. September 13, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Super OS 10.04". hacktolive.org. September 13, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Super OS 10.10". hacktolive.org. September 13, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "RUNZ". hacktolive.org. September 11, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- Super OS repository
- Nestor, Marius. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Super Ubuntu on Softpedia, January 2, 2009.
- Purdy, Kevin. Super Ubuntu Rolls Multimedia and Helpful Extras into Ubuntu on Lifehacker, January 5, 2009.
- Nestor, Marius. Super OS 9.10 - Karmic Koala with Muscles on Softpedia, December 29, 2009.
- DistroWatch - Linux Distributions - Facts and Figures
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