ROSA Linux

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ROSA Linux
Logo ROSA.jpg
Rosa Marathon 2012 LTS
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial release1 December 2010; 10 years ago (2010-12-01)
Latest releaseDesktop Fresh R11.1[1] / 23 April 2020; 16 months ago (2020-04-23)
Available inMultilingual
Package managerurpmi (command line frontend)
PlatformsP5 (i586), AMD64
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
UserlandGNU Core Utilities
user interface
KDE Plasma 5, KDE Plasma 4, LXQt
LicenseMainly GPL and other free software licenses, minor additions of proprietary

ROSA Linux is a Linux operating system distribution, developed by the Russian company 'LLC NTC IT ROSA'. It is available in three different editions: ROSA Desktop Fresh, ROSA Enterprise Desktop, and ROSA Enterprise Linux Server, with the latter two aiming at commercial users. Its desktop computer editions come bundled with closed-source software such as Adobe Flash Player, multimedia codecs, and Steam.

ROSA Desktop Fresh R11.1, the latest desktop release as of 23 April 2020, is available with four different desktop environments: KDE Plasma 4, KDE Plasma 5, Xfce, and LXQt.[2] It also contains open source software developed in-house by ROSA, such as ROSA Image Writer or ROSA Media Player.[3] ROSA Linux has been certified by the Ministry of Defence of Russia.

ROSA originated as a fork of now defunct French distribution Mandriva Linux and has since then been developed independently. The ROSA company was founded in early 2010 and released the first version of its operating system in December 2010. It initially targeted enterprise users only, but in late 2012, ROSA started its end-user oriented distribution, Desktop Fresh. Several distributions aimed at former Mandriva users, such as OpenMandriva Lx or MagOS Linux, are now based on ROSA. Before its bankruptcy, Mandriva developed its last releases jointly with ROSA.[4] Mandriva 2011 was also based on ROSA.

Although its main popularity is in the Russian language market, ROSA Desktop also received favorable reviews by several non-Russian online publications. German technology website praised ROSA for its stability and hardware support,[5] while called ROSA "a real Powerhouse".[6]

Version history[edit]

Version Codename Desktop environment Release date Linux kernel
2011[7] Hydrogen KDE 29 August 2011 N/A
2012 LTS[8] Marathon 13 May 2012 N/A
2012[9][10] Desktop.Fresh 19 December 2012 N/A
Desktop Fresh R1[11][12][13] Fresh 17 July 2013 N/A
Desktop Fresh R2[14][15] 4 December 2013 N/A
Desktop Fresh R3[16][17] KDE, GNOME 29 April 2014 3.10.34
Desktop Fresh R4[18] KDE, LXDE 8 October 2014 3.14.15
Desktop Fresh R5[19][20][21] KDE, LXDE, GNOME 25 December 2014 3.14.25
Desktop Fresh R6[22] KDE 15 July 2015 3.14.44
Desktop Fresh R7[23][24][25] KDE 4, KDE 5, LXQt 5 January 2016 4.1.15
Desktop Fresh R8[26] KDE 4, KDE 5, GNOME 3, MATE 2 August 2016 4.1.25
Desktop Fresh R8.1[27][28] KDE 4 22 February 2017 4.9 LTS
Desktop Fresh R9[29][30] KDE 4, KDE 5, GNOME 3, LXQt 1st half of 2017 4.9.20 LTS
Desktop Fresh R10[31] KDE Plasma 5, KDE Plasma 4, LXQt 4 December 2017 4.9
Desktop Fresh R11[1] KDE Plasma 5, KDE Plasma 4, Xfce, LXQt 15 March 2019 4.15

Reception[edit] reviewed ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 with GNOME.[32] He wrote:

ROSA Desktop Fresh is supposed to be the line that ships with the latest and greatest (read: bleeding edge software versions), but ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 GNOME did not live up to that billing. Instead of GNOME 3.10, the latest stable version of the GNOME 3 desktop, you get GNOME 3.8.4. also reviewed same version with KDE,[33] and have the review about earlier version — Fresh and Marathon 2012.[34][35]

In October 2012, Dedoimedo wrote review about ROSA Marathon 2012:[36]

ROSA is a fairly elegant distribution, with a simple, clean layout, a handful of posh icons, windows-like decorations, and a classy menu. All in all, you would be tempted to guess what desktop environment you're working in, as the customized KDE leans toward more Gnome-like features.

Dedoimedo also wrote review about ROSA Desktop Fresh R7.[37]

Jesse Smith reviewed ROSA Desktop Fresh 2012 R1 for DistroWatch Weekly:[38]

Booting from the disc brings up a menu asking if we would like to launch the ROSA live environment or run the distribution's system installer. There is a third option which is to boot from the local hard drive and I was surprised to find booting from the local drive is the default option. This actually makes a good deal of sense as it means if we install the distribution and forget to eject the disc (or USB thumb drive) that we will still boot into the local installation of ROSA. Opting to run the live desktop brings us to a series of screens asking us to read the distribution's license agreement, set our time zone and confirm our keyboard's layout. From there we are brought to the KDE desktop. The theme is bright and the background is a nice, light blue. At the bottom of the display we find the application menu, some quick-launch icons and the task switcher. One of the first things I did was seek out the system installer and attempt to launch it. When I clicked on the system installer icon a pop-up appeared which simply said "password invalid" and the installer closed. Given this reception I decided to reboot the machine and try running the system installer from the live disc's boot menu.

Smith also reviewed Fresh R9 version.[39]


  1. ^ a b "ROSA Desktop Fresh R11". 15 March 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Releases". 23 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Our products". 19 February 2016.
  4. ^ open, heise. "OpenMDV: Das Community-Mandriva nimmt Gestalt an".
  5. ^ "Linux-Distributionen im Test: Rosa Desktop Fresh kooperiert mit aktueller Hardware -".
  6. ^ "Rosa Is a Real Powerhouse - Reviews". LinuxInsider.
  7. ^ OpenNews: Релиз Mandriva Linux 2011 и ROSA Desktop 2011 (in Russian)
  8. ^ Release notes ROSA Marathon 2012 - Rosalab Wiki
  9. ^ OpenNews: Увидел свет Linux-дистрибутив ROSA Desktop 2012 (in Russian)
  10. ^ Distribution Release: ROSA 2012 ( News)
  11. ^ Release notes ROSA Desktop.Fresh R1 - Rosalab Wiki
  12. ^ OpenNews: Представлен Linux-дистрибутив ROSA Desktop Fresh R1 (in Russian)
  13. ^ Distribution Release: ROSA 2012 R1 "Desktop Fresh" ( News)
  14. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 - Rosalab Wiki
  15. ^ Distribution Release: ROSA 2012 R2 "Desktop Fresh" ( News)
  16. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 «KDE» — Блог:Точка Росы — Rosalab Wiki (in Russian)
  17. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 «GNOME» — Блог:Точка Росы — Rosalab Wiki (in Russian)
  18. ^ ROSA Fresh Desktop R4 – Блог:Точка Росы – Rosalab Wiki (in Russian)
  19. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R5 - Rosalab Wiki
  20. ^ Distribution Release: ROSA R5 "Desktop Fresh" ( News)
  21. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R5 – Linux-дистрибутив с KDE 4.14 – Новости ( (in Russian)
  22. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R6 - Rosalab Wiki
  23. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R7 - Rosalab Wiki
  24. ^ ROSA Fresh R7: свидетельство непростой ситуации в проекте (in Russian)
  25. ^ Distribution Release: ROSA R7 "Desktop Fresh" ( News)
  26. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R8 - Rosalab Wiki
  27. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R8.1 - Rosalab Wiki
  28. ^ OpenNews: Обновление Linux-дистрибутива ROSA Desktop Fresh R8.1 (in Russian)
  29. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R9 - Rosalab Wiki
  30. ^ OpenNews: Доступен Linux-дистрибутив ROSA Desktop Fresh R9 (in Russian)
  31. ^ "ROSA Fresh R10 is out!". 25 December 2017.
  32. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 GNOME review |
  33. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 KDE review |
  34. ^ ROSA Desktop Fresh 2012 review |
  35. ^ ROSA Marathon 2012 review |
  36. ^ ROSA Marathon 2012 review - Ahem, Dedoimedo
  37. ^ ROSA R7 Desktop Fresh review - Thorny fun, Dedoimedo
  38. ^ First look at ROSA 2012 R1 "Desktop Fresh", DistroWatch Weekly
  39. ^ ROSA Fresh R9, DistroWatch Weekly

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