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Developer CESJPE
OS family Unix-like
Working state Discontinued
Source model Open source
Latest release LinEx 2013 / 11 February 13; 4 years ago (13-02-11)
Available in Spanish
Default user interface GNOME
License Various
Official website

gnuLinEx, or LinEx, is a Debian-based operating system that uses GNOME for its desktop. An initiative of the regional government of Extremadura, Spain, gnuLinEx is intended to be used in all schools in Extremadura, as well as in official institutions. It is actively promoted for business and home use as well. gnuLinEx is only compatible with computers based on the i386 architecture. The aim of the project is the promotion of a technologically literate information-based society in order to improve the citizens' quality of life.


Extremadura has changed the names of many programs installed by default with the distribution, which has caused some confusion amongst users. Some see it as a virtue for helping them to remember their favorite applications with Spanish instead of English names. The 2004 version includes the possibility of choosing the original icons and names of all the applications included in gnuLinEx.

School LinEx[edit]

School LinEx is a gnuLinEx variant oriented toward teachers. It consists of three user profiles. Each profile is personalised for a particular student with content and software for each pupil.

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