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xPUD - Firefox powered Operating System: Detailed Review
xPUD is build around Firefox, and sports a custom minimalistic interface for all your basic needs. Its user interface called "plate" is web-based and runs on Firefox. This makes the OS interface quite hackable by the end user. xPUD comes with very few application installed by default. That said, it does not sacrifice your ability to install additional applications, and in fact has its own system called opt-get for delivering applications. The opt-get system is designed to be very simple to use, and applications can be downloaded and installed straight from the internet using the bundled application. Applications can be downloaded as the packaged .opt files, and need only be dropped into the /opt folder to be automatically loaded during bootup!
The OS packs the latest Mozilla Firefox 3.5 browser and gnome-mplayer for all your multimedia playback needs. It also includes a file manager for browsing your file system and a terminal so you can go about mucking within the OS if you want.
The remarkable thing about xPUD is its rather small 64MB download size! While the OS doesn't come with much, this is still quite remarkable. The repository of applications available for the OS is quite small, however it covers all the essentials, such as, extra drivers, Windows codecs for video playback, Dropbox for syncing your files to the cloud, Skype, OpenOffice.org, and "Extra utilities" which include the bittorrent client Transmission, a text editor, an image viewer and a PDF viewer, amongst other applications.
The applications included in the OS and the ones available in the repository are also not customized to blend in with the interface, unlike Jolicloud or Moblin.
xPUD eventually plans to be a completely modular OS, where you can mix and match the modules you want to create the OS you want, and in this it is unique among the tested distributions.
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