As many of you know, XXCE Linux was started in 2008 to bring a multimedia-capable OS to the masses as well as a collection of “web apps” for mass appeal.
Well, the idea of “web apps” was clearly a fad, so I phased out the web apps and slowly turned XXCE (Xubuntu Xtreme Cloud Edition) Linux into XXOS (Xubuntu Xtreme OS). The last version of XXCE Linux – XXCE 5 – was released about six years ago.
In 2010, I also started a side project called UNEX (Ubuntu Netbook Edition Xtreme) which brought expanded multimedia to Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04. Well, the netbook fad has long passed, so UNEX slowly morphed into UXOS (Ubuntu Xtreme OS).
Last year, I toyed with the idea of adopting a macOS-style dock to the look and feel of UXOS and XXOS. Cairo Dock is pretty good, but it can be buggy at times.
Finally, I found the perfect dock app: Docky. It’s easy to configure, and it’s easy to make a default setting for all users.
However, with Docky, UXOS still has Unity, and I’m not a big fan of Unity.
So I have decided to retire the XXOS name and combine my UXOS and XXOS projects into one project which retains the UXOS name.
Even though the new UXOS is based on Xubuntu, it’s still Ubuntu under the hood.
So what will you get with the new UXOS?
You will get a simple yet elegant look and feel which will appeal to users of both Windows and macOS.
You will also get the same expanded multimedia support as with past versions of XXCE, UNEX, UXOS, and XXOS.
You will also get a wide range of included software which turns UXOS into a lightweight yet powerful workstation, ranging from graphics design (GIMP, Blender, Inkscape), audio/video creation (Audacity, Pitivi), gaming (Steam, Frozen Bubble, Aisleriot Solitaire), desktop virtualization (VirtualBox), music/video playing (Rhythmbox, VLC), web browsing (Firefox, Chrome), and chatting (Skype, Pidgin). In addition, UXOS will also include the Kodi Media Player so you can watch your favourite movies and TV shows online.
UXOS’ Linux kernel will also include built-in cloud support.
UXOS strives to become the new face of workstation OSes for home and business use.