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Developer Asturix Project
OS family Linux-derivative
Working state No longer actively developed
Source model Open source
Initial release Asturix 1 (February 25, 2009; 8 years ago (2009-02-25))
Latest release 4 / January 10, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-01-10)
Available in Multi-lan
Package manager dkpg
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interface Asturix On
Official website location)

Asturix OS was an adaptation of Ubuntu for Asturian language users. It is no longer maintained.

During its lifespan, this Linux distribution received some media exposure and was reviewed by Jon "maddog" Hall's blog at Linux Magazine[1] and the Asturian newspaper La Nueva España.[2]

Asturix used a logo derived from the triskelion, which is used by many institutions, including another unrelated Linux distribution from Spain, Trisquel.


Asturix 1 RC 2
Asturix 2 Business
Asturix 3
Asturix 3 showing the netbook launcher

In 2008, Asturix was launched as AsturLinux. This name conflicted with an association of Linux users (the Asociación de Usuarios de Linux de Asturias), so the project was renamed Astur GNU/Linux and later Asturix to avoid confusion.[3] By early 2009, Asturix SO started to be developed. Until the third edition of Asturix, there were three versions: Business, Desktop and Lite. On 25 February, Asturix 1 Desktop was released, and one month later, the Business version followed.[4] Asturix was officially presented to the mass media in October, in the Press Club Center of Oviedo.[5] In November there was an Asturix Installation Party in the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party’s local building, the People’s House.[6] That party was covered by a reporter from La Nueva España.[7] Asturix 1 was very similar to Ubuntu, and, consequently, it was criticized for being an “unnecessary fork”.

Asturix 2 was released in early 2010.[8] The launch was covered by the regional public television, RTPA and La Nueva España.[9] A national radio broadcaster, Onda Cero,[10] and a regional branch of Televisión Española, covered the story too.[11] In April, DistroWatch included Asturix in the its list of distributions and reviewed it.[12]

Asturix 2 attracted attention from the Spanish Linux specialty media, including Linux +,[13][14] Revista Linux[15][16] and Todo Linux.[17][18]At the same time there were groups of reviewers that claimed Asturix was only a "remastersys copy" of Ubuntu, and that it didn't justify media coverage.[19]

The third edition of Asturix was released in December 2010.[4] There were only two versions instead of three: the main version (named SO) and the lightweight version (called Lite). The main improvements were the addition of face recognition to log in, the use of web apps (using Asturix Bridge) and Asturix’s own apps, and some SO modifications.[20] DistroWatch wrote a brief review about it.[21] At this time, Asturix was presented in Madrid[22] and Langreo (Asturias).[23] In July, Asturix took part in the Campus Party Spain. Jon "maddog" Hall was interested in the project and a month later he wrote about it in his monthly column of Linux Magazine.[1] He gave Asturix the last ten minutes of his lecture,[24] in which Luis Iván Cuende García (Asturix creator) presented Asturix On, a web-based desktop environment.

Luis Iván Cuende won the Hack Now contest (in the under-18 category), an award for the best app or "hack" sponsored by HackFwd.[25] 20 minutos, a Spanish free newspaper, interviewed Iván Cuende about this prize some days later[26] and RTPA did the same.[27] In November 2011, Asturix organized its first event, Youth and Free Culture with Open Source Software,[28] sponsored by CENATIC (a governmental organization)[29] which was covered by La Nueva España[30] and announced at the page of Creative Commons Spain.[31]

In January 2012 the final version of Asturix was released. It featured Asturix On and retained Asturix's own apps as found in the previous edition.[32] Due to the addition of Asturix On,[33] DistroWatch undertook another review and the editor, Jesse Smith, described it as a "mixed bag".[34] It was reviewed by some blogs, including one English-speaking, Hectic Geek,[35][36] though most were Spanish blogs, like Genbeta. Asturix was also featured on Televisión Española twice in this period.[37][38]


  1. ^ a b Jon maddog Hall (2011-09-26). "Luis Iván Cuende García demonstrates the power of Free Software and the determination of a fiftee...". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ La Nueva España. "Asturix, tecnología made in Langreo - La Nueva España - Diario Independiente de Asturias". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Asturix: el proyecto libre y abierto de todos". Retrieved 2013-06-18. Al principio se utiliza AsturLinux pero ya existe una asociación de usuarios de Linux con ese nombre. Se cambia a Astur GNU/Linux. 
  4. ^ a b "Calendario". Asturix. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  5. ^ La Nueva España (2009-10-16). "Cuende: "El software libre es el primer paso para un conocimiento solidario" - La Nueva España - Diario Independiente de Asturias". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Asturix Install Party (Taller de instalación de Asturix) - PSOE". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  7. ^ La Nueva España (2009-11-29). "Asturix frente a Windows - La Nueva España - Diario Independiente de Asturias". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  8. ^ Luis Miguel Cuende (2010-02-17). "Asturix: free, open and for everyone: Presentación oficial de Asturix 2". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  9. ^ La Nueva España. "Un prodigio de la tecnología - La Nueva España - Diario Independiente de Asturias". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
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  12. ^ "Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  13. ^ "White Papers Home". 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  14. ^ "en Linux +". Asturix. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  15. ^ "Asturix, por la comunidad y para la comunidad :, Linux, software libre, Ubuntu, programación". 2010-09-08. Archived from the original on 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  16. ^ "Artículo en RevistaLinux sobre". Asturix. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  17. ^ "Asturix: por la comunidad y para la comunidad - Dialnet". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  18. ^ "en Todo Linux, artículo de Luis Iván Cuende". Asturix. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  19. ^ La playina del norte. "Pequeña revisión de Asturix". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  20. ^ "OS3". Asturix. 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  21. ^ "Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  22. ^ "Watch Rueda de Prensa de Asturix 3 | Asturix Episodes | Videos | Blip". 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  23. ^ "Asturix3, asturix3 kikamperez on USTREAM. Conference". 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  24. ^ "CPES15 - Jon Maddog". YouTube. 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  25. ^ "HackFwd Blog - HackNow Winner: Luis Iván Cuende". 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  26. ^ "Iván Cuende, mejor 'hacker' de Europa: "En clase me piden que 'hackee' cuentas de Tuenti"". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  27. ^ "RTPA - Noticia: El ovetense Luis Iván Cuende, mejor hacker de Europa menor de 18 años". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  28. ^ "Youth and Free Culture with Open Source Software". Asturix. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  29. ^ "Proyecto Asturix organiza "Jóvenes y cultura libre…" jornada patrocinada por CENATIC | CENATIC en red". 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  30. ^ La Nueva España (2011-11-26). "Langreo celebra hoy el I Congreso de jóvenes emprendedores y de la cultura libre - La Nueva España - Diario Independiente de Asturias". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  31. ^ "JĂłvenes y Cultura Libre con software de fuentes abiertas - Creative Commons". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  32. ^ "4". Asturix. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  33. ^ "Objectives are met: more than 20,000 Asturix 4 downloads in January 2012". Asturix. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  34. ^ "Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  35. ^ "Asturix OS 4 and "On" Desktop Review". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  36. ^ "Ubuntu Based Distribution with a Customized Gnome Shell Desktop – Asturix". 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  37. ^ "in national television TVE". Asturix. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  38. ^ "by Luis Ivan Cuende, header in Telediario, Rtve News". Asturix. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 

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