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Over on MeWe, I received an announcement for an amazing new distro called iLinux. It's so amazing that the company and paid shills have been pasting the same ad copy on every forum they can find. There are no independent reviews, videos, or the like, and nothing on Distrowatch. It looks like an OS marketed at children--very bright, colorful, and cartoonish. They seem to have appeared out of nowhere in early October. I don't know if it's malware or what, but the site is very slick.

https://ilinuxos.com/
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A 13.8GB download, and a zip file? For comparison LM20 is 1.8GB.

I don't think so.
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Agree with Andy about its very large download size and as zip, but it is NOT A SCAM at all.

It is an actual Linux OS that is Debian based...Its style resembles earlier Macs to quite a degree...It has a .deb, Flatpak and Snap, and App-image installers built into its repositories.

It is a full fledged OS.

Time will tell if it catches on or not...Looks as a simple, easy to use, OS that might appeal to at least newcomers to Linux from Windows or Macs...Im not decided if experienced Linux folks would adopt it though as it does appear a little cartoonish, at least to me, and serious, seasoned, Linux folks tend to like a more "no nonsense" style.

If one was to play around with it, at least in USB stick form, you will need at least a 64 gig stick considering its download by itself is a rather hefty 13.8 gig zip file.

Just my personal observations thus far...DAMIEN
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I see what you guys mean about it being very cartoonish. Yikes!

I really hope this doesn't cause problems for the GNU+Linux community down the road somehow.
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So Green I am Minty wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:47 pm
It's so amazing that the company and paid shills have been pasting the same ad copy on every forum they can find.
Thanks for the heads up. :wink:
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Cartoonish does not come close to describing the iLinux OS forums. Please tell me this is not what people want when they ask for a "prettier" Linux Mint Forums.
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Seems as hobby project of a Greek guy. One guy maintaining the whole distro.
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tuxoneseven wrote:
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:27 am
Seems as hobby project of a Greek guy. One guy maintaining the whole distro.
Not only that, but I think it's just one guy on the help forum responding to himself. Example:

https://talk.ilinuxos.com/iLinux%20OS%2 ... _impressed

Here he is "supposedly" having a conversation with a women who loved iLinux so much that she showed the baby themed Linux distro to IT guys at her place of employment. To her delight, they absolutely loved it and immediately started testing it out to see if they could get started on installing it for their company to use.

This guy is just talking to himself in a lot of those threads, you can sense it. It's quite easy because he has the forums set up to where you don't need an account to comment. This way, he doesn't have to waste time creating many multitudes of accounts to reply to himself.

I can't visualize IT at any company being amazed at an OS that was seemingly designed for toddlers.

I guess those IT guys would lose their minds after casting their eyes upon this:

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It's a kid's computer designed to watch PBS (television station in the United States) programs and play PBS games on. I bet if they saw this, they would immediately start testing it to see if they could run their company with it. :lol:
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Life is too short to download the best part of 14GB to find out, looks like you did? Having got the zip file how does it install?

Looks awful.
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BenTrabetere wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:28 pm
Cartoonish does not come close to describing the iLinux OS forums. Please tell me this is not what people want when they ask for a "prettier" Linux Mint Forums.
:lol: No, that's not quite what they are asking to be implemented. Probably something more like this:

https://www.discourse.org/features

Or Vanilla, an open source option

https://open.vanillaforums.com

Or XenForo, an example seen here:

https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-forums/
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WOW! come loaded with 500 preinstalled apps and will run on old as well as new computers.
iLinux with 500 Applications Preinstalled, runs even on an OLD 64Bit Pentium/Atom/AMD Computer with 1.5GB Ram & 32GB Hard Disk!
And it can run Windows and Mac software.

Seems a bit of overkill in terms of bloat but it is an interesting concept as a Windows replacement OOB with everything a user could possibly want or need type approach.
Not my cup of tea but hey . . . . that is what makes linux so great.
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AndyMH wrote:
Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:40 am
Life is too short to download the best part of 14GB to find out, looks like you did? Having got the zip file how does it install?

Looks awful.
I found somewhere it's a .img instead of an ISO. So you're just cloning what's there onto your system. The dev probably doesn't know how to create an ISO. :roll:

I was trying to find the sources, which don't seem to exist online, when I found that out. I'm also not downloading 14GB just to have a peek at the sources.
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I found somewhere it's a .img instead of an ISO. So you're just cloning what's there onto your system. The dev probably doesn't know how to create an ISO. :roll:
That would explain why it needs 13.8 gigs of space...lol...Im still not of any mind to find out for myself though...DAMIEN
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Well, I was willing to give it a go as it looked very different from anything else I had seen.
But, only in VirtualBox & that proved impossible without more effort than I am willing to extend..
The download expands to 30.8 GB on unpacking & is, as MrEen has already said, an img file, rather than an iso.
That rather put the brakes on using VitualBox.
iLinx itself has installation instruction (https://ilinuxos.com/install-by-restori ... e-img.html) that involve downloading & utilising Balena Etcher. Unfortunately that means installing on blank media of a suitable size which I have no desire to do..

I guess I could convert the img into an iso myself, but my initial curiosity has waned & I will find other methods of minor amusement.. :D
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RIH wrote:
Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:51 pm
but my initial curiosity has waned & I will find other methods of minor amusement.. :D
I'm right there with ya, pal! :lol:
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My response to iLinux is the same as my response to iAnything: iCan't. iWon't.
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Mandrake Linux has been revived again??
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With a bit bloat from Xandros linux on the first Eee-pc's
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I hope it's an rolling release then, because an .img is a backup of a partition, so an upgrade would wipe your current partition an install the clean new one. This means all you data lost.
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The screen shots were enough for me.

But still an interesting concept. I support 6 PCs and laptops with linux for folks who otherwise would be running Windows. I installed/support linux because they won't/can't with one exception. I can see people like I support being attracted to this approach if they don't have someone to install linux for them so they they can just get about the business of "point and click." I just cannot believe it will run effectively on something with an Atom CPU and <2Gib RAM.
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I just cannot believe it will run effectively on something with an Atom CPU and <2Gib RAM.
Why not?

Ive got an almost 13 year old EEE PC with an Atom processor and 1 gig of ram that is running Peppermint 9...boots in 45 seconds and can run movies, music videos that i have installed on the HDD as well as able to stream videos with no stutters etc...Your not going to multi-task but its fun to keep experimenting with and pushing its limits...lol...DAMIEN
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DAMIEN1307 wrote:
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:57 am
I just cannot believe it will run effectively on something with an Atom CPU and <2Gib RAM.
Why not?

Ive got an almost 13 year old EEE PC with an Atom processor and 1 gig of ram that is running Peppermint 9...boots in 45 seconds and can run movies, music videos that i have installed on the HDD as well as able to stream videos with no stutters etc...Your not going to multi-task but its fun to keep experimenting with and pushing its limits...lol...DAMIEN
Right - you are running Peppermint probably with something like Xfce because Mint would be a little to "heavy." And you know enough not to try and multi-task and have a bunch of Windows open at the same time. I will bet you did not loaded it down with 500 apps with all the accompanying overhead, libraries and dependencies either. I also bet it's not your daily driver.
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