Downloaded Ultramarine-Flagship-Live-x86_64-36-1.1.iso @ 1.89GB, and also the Pantheon iso from the Pick your flavor of Ultramarine page, but didn’t care for the Pantheon DE enough to bother testing it.
This may be the quickest test, review and post I have ever done on a good+++ Linux OS. It is already headed for that 1b spot on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page (so sorry Fedora!?), but it is that good in these tests, and could likely move to the 1a spot before this weekend is over.
Flagship Edition Installation
The flagship edition with the latest and greatest software and our best polish. Powered by Solus’ Budgie Desktop. (Recommended)
Used Fedora Media Writer to create the bootable ‘Live‘ USB wid Anaconda (installer). Test installation went on a 120GB SSD. Final installation went onto a 32GB Samsung FIT Plus USB.
Before installation starts, you are asked to pick a target disk for installation, and to create a user. Ultramarine has sorta created the option for an ‘Administrative‘ user without a password…basically, the best way I can describe it is – a hybrid ‘Root/Standard‘ user.
I checked the “Add Administrative privileges” box, but left the “Require a password” box blank. What this does is to require the use of “sudo” in the terminal’s command lines, but there are no annoying “Authenticate” popups or other ‘Pesky Passwords’. Even at the Login Welcome screen during bootup there is no password needed…just the user name, which is already entered so you just hit Enter key to boot into desktop. Heck, even at the terminal it doesn’t ask for a password…not even the sudo password (there is none), i.e. just enter sudo to the command line you want. First time I have saw that, but like it!
Here’s the GParted view of the USB after installation:
I install my permanent Linux OSes on USB’s ‘n plug them into a USB Hub.
Ultramarine Linux 36
Have probably only tried the Budgie (desktop environment) two or three times in the past ‘n didn’t care for it; however, this time around the Ultramarine Linux 36’s use of it…ease of use, in the overall OS package was more than acceptable.
The Panel can be moved from the bottom to the left or top or right, but the app icons seem to stay in the middle…tho they can move around in that area. Rather have them on the bottom Left instead of Center. That can be replaced by a Dock mode, but not for me.
There’s a “Dark” windows mode that I haven’t figured out how to change yet, but Ultramarine is just so easy to use that I don’t mind that issue either. Everything else works fine.
Adding NVIDIA driver
This is why I moved it ahead of Fedora 36 Cinnamon SPIN in my rankings. Ultramarine Linux comes wid many extra repositories, including RPM Fusion’s free & non-free. To install the Nvidia driver for my GPU I only needed this link — How to install the NVIDIA drivers on Fedora 32, and the command lines from:
Step 2: sudo dnf update
Step 4: sudo dnf install akmod-nvidia
Yeah, I haven’t used sudo in a long time, but this was the first evah that the terminal didn’t ask for the sudo password. My main complaints about annoying “Authenticate” popups or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ has always been about having to put the mouse down and move to the keyboard to type in passwords…which slows down the Workflow. Totally different if you’re already at a keyboard.
The following two pics sum it up quite well:
Easy to use…clean desktop. This is the type of Linux OS that Windows users could easily try and perhaps adopt as their secondary OS. Heck, I am going to try installing it on ‘Sam‘ as a replacement for Puppy Linux. I have Puppy on a 32GB SanDisk Ultra USB already for ‘Rescue‘ operations when needed…Ultramarine Linux would a perfect fit on that Linux lappy!
Impressive job by the Ultramarine Developer/s!
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!