A stand-alone distribution of Tuxedo Computers' tailor-made operating system is a reasonably productive option among the bloated supply of Linux variant.
You could only get Tuxedo OS pre-installed. The company has a line of computers. It's mission statement to have Linux accessible to the general public is fulfilled now that anyone can try it. Tuxedo OS is similar to a default installation of Kubuntu, just with custom startup and shutdown screens and wallpaper.
A scarcity of manufacturers makes buying dedicated Linux computers difficult. One of the more well-known and accessible outlets is the U.S.-based System 76, which has an in-house Linux distribution called POP!_OS.
The OS of Tuxedo Computers is based on the latest version of the Linux operating system. System 76 made some changes to the desktop. Both versions run on most computer configurations without requiring additional hardware or software.
Not a standard.
Don't let the Tuxedo OS version 1.0 label keep you from trying out this latest Linux offering. The coding has been pre-installed on the company's hardware lineup. The public release is more polished than version 1.0 suggests.
The desktop is not a complete clone of what you can get in other versions. In-house developers took six months to develop, test, document, and design the stand-alone offering.
The left-side panel shows open windows.
The Tuxedo version of the desktop environment includes Tuxedo Control Center, Tuxedo Tomte driver configuration service, and a few other changes.
An accent color and wallpaper set are included. Flatpak is an alternative software distribution package that is pre-installed instead of being disabled by default.
There are some problems with the loading routines.
The disheveled approach to installing Tuxedo OS was my biggest disappointment. The developers made it hard for newcomers to run the live session from a DVD or a thumb drive.
I almost gave up on installing it because I was so frustrated. The operating system is pleasant if you like the KDE desktop. It takes a long time to get it loaded to try out even before you can click on the install button.
The problem with running an OS originally created for factory installation on dedicated hardware isn't limited to that. If the developers expect users to adopt Tuxedo OS, they need to design a more fail-proof installation engine.
The GUI-driven interface was the beginning of my horror tale. The process with most Linux installations starts with the ISO files and you can click on an option to go to the next one. The menu was confusing and often did not work.
The first screen showed choices such as "boot from HDD" and "Boot from DVD/VM", followed by "WebFAI notebook and desktop installation." There was a separate listing forUEFI Firmware settings.
There was no readme file option or other sources of information on what the options meant. The menu and website didn't offer any help.
Lots of guessing.
The first option suggests starting the computer from a hard drive or aremovable media. The second option was different than the first one.
The result displayed only a terminal screen command prompt when I selected the top option. The second entry started the virtual machine from the ISO installation medium.
It only worked on computers with an agreeableBIOS setting. I tried the installation on four different computers and some of them had settings that disabled secure boot on Windows machines.
The installation went astray on some machines and never started on others. I played around with the menu's fifth option, which involved changing theBIOS and UEFI settings.
If you know the directions, you can make your own Integrated WebFAI, a custom Linux deployment tool that needs a specialusb key from the company. This type of installation requires a wired network connection.
Plan on lots of waiting.
The first menu screen was not displayed until the last attempt to install was complete. I mean as long as 15 minutes. I had to wait for the blinking indicator light on the optical drive to come back on, so I could try again.
The DVD installation was completed after I found the right combination of choices on one of my test bench computers. The time factor for doing so was longer than most other Linux installations.
Response time varied from step to step once the installation process got beyond the initial menu selections. I had to click a blank entry field at the bottom of the screen to make a list of languages, because the initial language default is German.
On some of my test gear, the window wouldn't open; on another rig, I had to lock up the computer to make a language selection or time zone.
The progress bar on a computer that got beyond these steps advanced to 40%. The desktop appeared on the screen after a period of 10 or more minutes. I was going to try out Tuxedo OS.
I didn't test Tuxedo OS after the live session. I will never know what happened when the hard drive installation was delayed.
Why try Tuxedo OS?
Once the developers get the hang of the installation ISO, this public release will be more inviting. The package has some useful features due to the combination of the roots and desktop.
There is a small selection of games pre-installed. Two custom applications and the Tuxedo Control Center system-monitoring app are included. Tuxedo WebFAI Creator runs as a panel applet, but you can turn it off.
The OS prober feature was bundled by developers. It was easy to install Ubuntu as a dual boot. Users were given a boot menu to choose which OS to use for each session after Prober detected other OSes.
The same ISO is used when installing on a hard drive. There is a prompt before the installation starts.
The stand-alone version of Tuxedo OS allows you to choose a file system. You can add btrfs or XFS to the ext4.
The bottom line.
I will return when the developer releases an upgrade. I don't have a reason to swap out my favorite daily driver.
#The OS is called Tuxedo.
The potential of taking the main stage position is piqued by Tuxedo's approach. The K suite of apps bundled in this now "new" distro has a lot to offer, and I use several of them on my main productivity computer. You can find Tuxedo OS on the Tuxedo Computers website.
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