The Simple Mode interface has five tabs by default – Internet, Office, Games, Sound and Video, and Preferences. You can delete a tab, create a new one or just rename an existing tab. You create a new tab by right-clicking on an existing tab and clicking on “Create a new category.”
When newly created, a tab is just an empty space with a generic name – Tmp1, and a generic icon. To populate the tab with applications, you right-click anywhere on it and select “Applications.”
Populating a new tab with applications is via a simple drag and drop operation from the available applications window. Removing applications from a tab’s interface is also by drag and drop from the available applications window.
Installed Applications: Linpus Lite 1.4 comes with a mix of free and non-free applications. Aside from the usual set of desktop accessories and system tools, here are a list of some of the most important applications pre-installed:
- OpenOffice.org Suite
- F-Spot Photo Manager
- The GIMP
- Empathy IM Client
- Transmission BitTorrent Client
- FBReader – e-book reader
- Google Gadgets
- Totem Movie Player
- HomeBank – personal accounting application
- Sunbird Calendar
- Qt3 Assistant, Designer and Linguist
- Qt4 Designer and Linguist
Software Management: From the command line, application management is via the Yellowdog Updater Modified (yum) package manager. The Live Update graphical package manager, accessible from System > Administration > Live Update, offers a more user-friendly interface for managing applications and applying updates to the system. From Live Update, you can set up system update preferences. The default system update settings are shown in the image below. From a security stand point, these settings are not good enough. Almost every Linux or BSD distribution I have reviewed is configured to check for updates at least once per day.
To be able to use Live Update to add or remove applications. you need to register a free account with Linpus. Unfortunately, there are no applications to add or remove or even update via Live Update in this edition of Linpus Lite I obtained for review. The only updates available for the system – gtk+ and online-updater, could only be applied by running yum update.