The first GNOME 3 edition of ROSA Linux Desktop has been released. ROSA Linux is published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia.
The main desktop edition published by the company uses the K Desktop Environment (KDE), and the release candidate of the 2012 edition for that desktop environment was made available for download just last week (see ROSA Desktop 2012 preview).
The GNOME 3 edition is a community edition, not officially supported by ROSA Laboratory, though the same developers working on the officially-supported desktop editions are also responsible for this community edition. It features:
- The same system components as the KDE edition
- Linux kernel 3.6.7
- GNOME 3.6
- ROSA Media Player as the default video player
- Audacious as the default audio player
- Chromium Browser as default Web browser
- Evolution as the email client
- ROSA icons
- 2 themes – Black (Adwaita) and White (Elementary)
I downloaded and installed this alpha release of the GNOME 3 edition a few minutes after it hit the download mirrors. The GNOME Shell in its default state is not my idea of a user-friendly desktop interface. And ROSA Desktop 2012 GNOME alpha features exactly that. I hope the developers give us a final edition with a customized GNOME Shell, much like Deepin‘s.
While we await that final edition, the following screen shots were taken from a test installation of this alpha release.
The Nautilus file manager still has its problems. I found that I could not connect by SSH to a remote server.
To try ROSA Desktop 2012 GNOME Alpha before the stable edition is released, download an installation image from here. Note: Only a 64-bit installation image is available.