Since the introduction of Microsoft Windows, computing has become open to the masses. This in itself was a good thing as with general acceptance of computing came open information exchange and connectivity. Windows however, was designed to make money and as such was developed from a business perspective – not a social one. Linux had a similar issue, however, it had one thing in its favour – Open Source.
Open Source allowed Linux to evolve and become whatever visionaries could conceive. From a boring business server, scientific tool, educational device to a functional desktop personal computer. Anything was possible, and still is. Canonicals Ubuntu operating system has blazed the trail in creating a functional stable desktop usable by people with a moderate to high knowledge of computing – the problem here being that 85-90% of computer users fall beneath this level of computing knowledge.
Various projects have been started to address this problem, such as 'Ultimate Edition', 'Mint', 'Kubuntu', all of which are excellent and serve certain purposes. I enjoyed using each and still do, but something just didn't feel right, it just wasn't me. Users struggling with Windows and viruses and spyware etc.. were still dumbfounded and perplexed when trying to deal with a Linux operating system. There was a need for an operating system which was as easy as could be – both from an installation point of view and an ease of use point of view. Something with all the hard work done such as Codecs, Flash and Java. A healthy mix of commonly used and required applications, not a huge clump of programs causing confusion to new users. An operating system with a look and feel pleasant to a majority of new users – not just the enlightened geeks amongst us. An operating system which can easily grow and be tailored to your personal wants and requirements.
To create an operating system which would target new users to Linux or computing in general. An easy to install system which is inviting and intuitive to use, enhanced with applications that the majority of users would require on a day by day basis, which could easily be tailored to any individuals needs. In creating this project, we would provide the nucleus of this system and through consultation with the public on our forum, continue to evolve into something that will become indispensable for personal computer users world wide. During this process, we would also like to teach you how to create your own system – Give a man a fish...
Oz Unity Debut and Redux come with NL efl whilst Onyx employs Unity
Oz Unity includes all the features of Ubuntu with enhanced usability. Many tools have been added for new and advanced users. The Ubuntu repository also includes the latest updates, as well as software that is not included in the official release.
The following is a non exhaustive list of installed applications in Oz Unity.
A quick run down on Oz Unity.
Actual feedback from users
I originally posted this as my first impressions of Oz Unity on Linux Mint Forum in the Chat about Other Distributions section I've been trying out Oz Unity on Live DVD (I ran out of partitions and I tend to break VMs) I first noticed the colours used - a sort of rich bronze mixed with a deep greenish blue - very unusual but it works really well. It is a very well co-ordinated look and it's overall appearance doesn't resemble any OS I'm familiar with at all (Mint9,Mint10,LMDE,Crunchbang Statler) it is completely different. The frosted glass effect of the default wallpaper teamed with the menu transparency is stunning. I guess you could say I'm impressed.... I'm a bit old-fashioned and don't own one but the icons reminded me of how apps are displayed on the screens of android phones. I did pay some attention to default apps,I noticed Skype,a Twitter client,and Google earth were preinstalled,from support questions I see in Mint's help channel on IRC I know they can all give users a bit of difficulty if they have to set them up themselves. I tried it out on a laptop - a Lenovo G550 which tends to be well-behaved with most distros - everything just worked,no trouble at all. It seemed to me,certainly for netbook/notebook use,that Oz Unity has everything a user would need right out of the box
Your system is not only consistent in functionality.. it just works the way i believe a desktop should. Smart & Simple! Everything is right there when i need it, its easy to find and navigate, I can see and identify icons clearly so i can click on them in an instant.. And to me is most important.. One of my pet peeves is having to click through numerous menus and sub menus to find something. This is beautifully laid out and works without any trouble switching between my favorite apps effectively without any hindrance. At least for me personally from a graphic designers point of view, which now brings me to the really good news. I cold run and work with all the apps i needed and use on a daily basis. Only thing i needed to install was the OpenShot Video editor.. (personal note, I dont like pitivi) So in conclusion to my story.. As a result of using this system for a week now, I now feel confident enough that i can replace both ubuntu and windows with OZ Unity as my Main and Single OS..
Oh I don't just "like it" I love it. So far I have converted my wife, brother and father to Linux.. I doubt Bill will miss the money tho..
The journey continues with the release of Diamond II B. “Struggle is the food from which change is made, and the best time to make the most of a struggle is when it's right in front of your face. Now, I know that might sound a bit simplistic, but, too often we're led to believe that struggling is a bad thing, or that we struggle because we're doing something wrong. I disagree. I look at struggle as an opportunity to grow. True struggle happens when you can sense what is not working for you and you're willing to take the appropriate action to correct the situation. Those who accomplish change are willing to engage the struggle.” ― Danny Dreyer
Oz Unity DiamondIIB X 64 Released 16th June 2013 Oz Unity 3.0 BlackOpal32 Released 27th Aug 2012 Oz Unity 3.0 BlackOpal64 Released 1st June 2012 Oz Unity 1.0 Debut Released 22nd November 2010 Oz Redux 64 Released 26th May 2011 Oz Unity Onyx64 Released 6th August 2011
Oz Unity 1.0 Debut
Oz Unity Redux 64
Oz Unity Onyx64
DiamondIIB X 64
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