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EasyOS version 1.0 released

January 20, 2019 — BarryK

After innumerable 0.x releases, we now have 1.0! What needs to be understood, though, is that EasyOS is an experimental distribution, very much a work-in-progress in places, and the "1.0" does not imply that Easy has reached a maturity that you would expect of the mainline distributions.

Having got that disclaimer out of the way, it also needs to be stated that the 1.0 does proclaim that Easy has reached a certain level of capability, that many users will find meets all their needs, with innovations and concepts that induces an excitement that might be said to be lacking in the mainline distributions.

There is a webpage that will give you a quick appreciation of why Easy is different, and will, hopefully, show why the word "excitement" applies:

So, want to try Easy?

Download and install

Download from here:

You will need a PC with 64-bit x86 CPU, at least 2GB RAM, minimum 1024x768 screen resolution. The BIOS can be either type, the old "traditional" BIOS in PCs prior to 2012, or the "modern" UEFI type.

The download file is intended to be written to a USB Flash drive. If you don't know how to write the file to a USB-stick, there are instructions here;

You will see in the above link, there is also a live-CD ISO file. Do not use this unless you have to. It is intended for those people with PCs that will not boot from USB, or for old-timers who still think optical media is the greatest thing since floppy disks.

The live-CD has limitations, however, is usable and has session-save capability, as explained here:

If you want to explore how to install to an internal drive, even do so directly without creating a Easy USB-stick or live-CD, look at these pages:

Regarding a USB Flash drive, please, please, do use a reasonable quality drive. The difference between crap and good Flash-sticks is only a few dollars, as explained here:

If you are a non-English speaker/reader, there is good news...

International releases

Yep, there are 1.0 releases ready-to-go for a specific language, for now, only de (German), es (Spanish), fr (French), pl (Polish), pt (Portuguese) and ru (russian). You will find the them here:

Not quite there, but the intention is that these releases will bootup in the target language, fully translated, nothing else to install or configure.

If this interests you and you want to contribute, you are most welcome! You may also request another language. Please read this link for further information:

MoManager is the tool most convenient to use for contributing translations. The latest version of MoManager is maintained by Lutz (Puppy Forum member 'L18L'), and if there is anything that you don't understand or needs fixing in MoManager, please contact him.

Note that langpacks created for EasyOS are slightly different from those used in Puppy Linux.

Another point: The Woof build system creates a language-specific build of Easy by building in translations provided by the packages, including dictionaries. Most packages come with translation files for various languages, which are left out out the English build due to the size, however, a language-specific build inludes all translations for that language. Some packages, such as SeaMonkey, have an external language pack, and woof automatically downloads that.

Thus, a langpack PET package mostly needs only to provide translations for executables and documentation built-in to Easy.


Which brings us to how to provide feedback. Easy has his own forum, here:

There is also a thread on the Puppy Forum:

...please do not post questions about EasyOS elsewhere on the Puppy Forum, as it creates confusion. That forum is for Puppy Linux, with specific sections for discussion of forks, derivatives, and other Linux distributions.

Have fun! 

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