Calculate Linux is a Gentoo based distribution that includes three different versions: Calculate Directory Server, Calculate Linux Scratch and Calculate Linux Desktop.
A new version of the desktop edition was released yesterday featuring the Gnome Shell 3.2 as the default desktop environment with many interesting and useful additions and tweaks!
What does it offer?
Calculate Linux for desktop really tries to be user friendly. Although there can be many approaches to achieve this, Calculate goes with a quite heavily tuned Gnome 3.2 environment. This includes many extensions that radically change the way things work by default on an out of the box Gnome Shell. Watch the following video, and you will understand what I mean.
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So you have many classic elements like a very nice and modern accordion menu, a handy dock on the bottom with smart hide, nothing happens when your mouse reaches the top left of the screen and the opened windows are minimized on the top panel. Everything seems to be tuned very well for someone who wants to get things done in a traditional way. If you like what you see, then maybe Calculate will save you a lot of time trying to make Gnome Shell more traditional by yourself. But there is more…
- Calculate Linux offers all the main desktop applications that will cover the everyday needs out of the box.
- You can update your system via Portage and the system is 100% compatible with Gentoo repositories with support for binary repository updates.
- Everything works pretty damn fast. The video that you see was captured using a liveCD and you can take the cold-launch of Rhythmbox as an example. Opening Rhythmbox for the first time on Ubuntu 12.04 on the same machine takes 4 times that time.
- Supported languages are: Bulgarian, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
- Although this is the desktop version of Calculate Linux it is fully integrated with Calculate Directory Server and supports roaming profiles with CDS.
This distribution may not be the most up-to-date Gnome distro out there, but due to its nature it can prove to be the best choice for many people. It is fast, stable, secure and very flexible. I believe that even the people who don’t like this distribution would have no problem using it for a while, and that says a lot about this distribution. Only thing to worry about is the Portage system, but why not learn something new this week?