Out of the box, Live Update is configured to check for updates only once every two weeks, and to install, without notification, available updates automatically. Very rarely have I come across default package manager settings like that. I understand that these are easy to change, but a more sensible setting, like once daily and to notify the user whenever there are available updates, would be more to my liking.
While I was able to install some available applications in my first set of test installations, any attempt to check for updates today December 26 2011, failed, with the error message shown below. “Re-run(ning) live update again,” and again and again, failed to resolve the problem.
A few of those applications that installed successfully failed to start afterwards. For example, I could never get Empathy, an instant messaging application, to start from the menu (Applications -> Internet -> Empathy Internet Messaging). Only when I tried to start it from a terminal, did the system generate the error message shown in the screen shot below.
Here is a screen shot of the menu showing installed Internet software after installing available applications. More screen shots of the desktop with the menu showing major applications successfully installed are available at the end of this page.
TubeFun, a Youtube client, is one application that installed successfully. Here is a screen shot of the application showing some of the videos available for viewing.
Graphical Management Applications: Most of the graphical management applications are in System Settings. A few are under Applications -> System Tools, and, for unknown reasons, Disk Utility is under the Accessories menu category. Disk Utility is used t manage disks and disk partitions. Aside from IM Settings, which failed to start, every application shown in this screen shot worked.
Physical and Network Security Features: Though the installer does not have support for disk encryption and boot loader password-protection, two very important security features required to help protect a computer from unauthorized access, it is possible to at least configure a password for GRUB Legacy after installation.
On the network security front, the firewall is enabled by default. However, the only firewall management application installed has an ncurses interface. And it must be started from a shell terminal.
Final Thoughts: This is one distribution that I would like to see gain some traction in the market place, but it just has too many loose ends; feels too incomplete. I could not figure out what to do to see what the main GNOME 3 desktop looks like, which is not disappointing at all because that desktop is one that I do not particularly care about. That said, the advertised screen shots should at least match what users see when they install the system on their computer.
Resources: You may download installation ISO images of Linpus Lite 1.6 Desktop for x86 compatible systems here. Read articles and reviews about Linpus Lite that has been published on this website at http://www.linuxbsdos.com/category/linpus.
Screen Shots: View more screen shots from test installations of Linpus Lite 1.6 Desktop.
And finally, a shot of the desktop with menu showing applications in the sound and Video menu category.