Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Taking a look at gNewSense

Filed under
Linux

One Linux distro that had fallen off my radar was gNewSense. When I first heard about it, I was intrigued. Recently, a tweet from Roy Schestowitz about version 3.0 of gNewSense passed through my stream. I was especially intrigued about this version of the distro not using binary blobs. So, I downloaded an ISO image and installed it in a virtual machine.

Here are a few thoughts about gNewSense.

Working with gNewSense

The installation was quite fast, partly (I’m sure) because I was installing it on a computer with a better-than-average SSD. gNewSense runs quite well on that computer, too, even though it’s running in a virtual machine with 2 GB of memory and 25 GB of hard disk space.

The distribution itself is quite lean. The software that gNewSense packs is minimal, but it does the job. The most notable applications that come with gNewSense are:

rest here




More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Screenshots and Screencasts

Android Leftovers

GCC 4.9.2 vs. GCC 5 Benchmarks On An Intel Xeon Haswell

For those craving some more GCC 5 compiler benchmark numbers following last week's release of GCC 5.1, here's some new comparison numbers between GCC 4.9.2 stable and the near-final release candidate of GCC 5.1. Pardon for this light article due to still finishing up work on migrating to the new Phoronix web server while separately working to take care of thermal issues coming about in the new Linux benchmarking server room. Read more

First impressions of Ubuntu 15.04

Canonical's Ubuntu operating system is probably the most widely used Linux distribution in the world. Ubuntu is made available in several editions, including desktop builds, server builds and there is a branch of Ubuntu for mobile phones. Ubuntu provides installation images for the x86, ARM and Power PC architectures, allowing the distribution to run on a wide variety of hardware. The most recent release of Ubuntu, version 15.04, includes a fairly short list of changes compared to last year's Ubuntu 14.10, however some of the changes are significant. Some small changes include an upgrade of the kernel to Linux 3.19 and placing application menus inside the application window by default. A potentially larger change is the switch from Canonical's Upstart init software to systemd. Read more