The Live DVD of Super OS
|Source model||Open source|
|Initial release||July 17, 2008|
|Latest release||11.10 / September 13, 2012|
|Available in||multilingual (more than 55)|
|Package manager||dpkg (Debian Packager)|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux)|
|Default user interface||GNOME, Unity|
|License||Free software licenses
(mainly GNU GPL)
Super OS (formerly: Super Ubuntu) was a freely-available Linux distribution. It was a remastered version of Ubuntu focused on an out-of-the-box experience. The latest release was based on Ubuntu 11.10, which reached end of life on May 9, 2013. Super OS now appears to be discontinued.
Tools and software
It was prepackaged with support for MP3 files and video-DVDs, two web browsers (Opera, Google Chrome), Adobe Flash Player, communication software (aMSN and Skype), Wine, and the GUI for Uncomplicated Firewall.
App Runner was a script included in Super OS that allowed most executable programs or scripts to be launched without having to use the command line.
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 was a tool that allowed the use of portable apps and SuperDebs (an installer with a .deb file + its dependencies that can be installed offline, created by SuperDeb Creator) in Super OS. It was included in Super OS since version 9.10.
In addition to the official Ubuntu repositories, Super OS also included its own repositories, which include third-party software like Adobe Reader, Skype, Real Player, TrueCrypt, and Google Chrome, but also included Super OS software such as App Runner, and RUNZ.
Reception and adoption
Super OS 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.
- 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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