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DistroWatch.com: BackSlash Linux

BackSlash Linux

Last Update: 2017-08-28 00:36 UTC

BackSlash Linux is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution featuring a custom shell running on top of the KDE Plasma desktop. BackSlash features a user interface inspired by macOS.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 298 (7), 6 months: 299 (14), 3 months: 226 (29), 4 weeks: 117 (88), 1 week: 110 (81)

Average visitor rating: 9.4/10 from 5 review(s).

BackSlash Linux
Distribution BackSlash Linux
Home Page https://backslashlinux.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://backslashlinux.boards.net/board/1/general-discussion
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation --
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/backslash-linux/files/BackSlash%20Linux/
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/backslashlinux
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Feature Olaf
Release Date 2017-07-30
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 1740-1750
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma
Package Management DEB (apt)
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite WPS
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4
Multilingual --
Asian Language Support --
Full Package List olaf
Package Olaf
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib ( 1.1.0
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4) 4.3
bind (9.11.2) --
chromium (61.0.3163.91) --
cups (2.2.4) 2.1.3
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.42.13
firefox (55.0.3) 53.0
freetype (2.8.1) 2.6.1
gcc (7.2.0) 5.3.1
gimp (2.8.22) --
glibc (2.26) 2.23
gnome-shell (3.26.0) --
gnucash (2.6.17) --
gnumeric (1.12.35) --
grub (2.02) 2.02
gtk+ (3.22.21) 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.27) --
inkscape (0.92.2) --
k3b (17.08.1) --
kmod (24) 22
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (5.4.1) --
linux (4.13.2) 4.4.0
Package Olaf
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.8) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --
mesa (17.2.1) 12.0.6
mysql (5.7.19) --
nautilus (3.26.0) 3.18.4
NVIDIA (384.69) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (8u144) --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g
perl (5.26.0) 5.22.1
php (7.1.9) --
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) 5.9.5
postfix (3.2.2) --
postgresql (9.6.5) --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.11
qt (5.9.1) 5.7.1
samba (4.6.7) 4.3.11
systemd (234) 229
thunderbird (52.3.0) 45.8.0
vim (8.0) 7.4
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.2
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4

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Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-11
Votes: 4

One of the most beautiful Linux distro I have ever seen. Stylish, elegant and lovely. I'm kinda hopping between this and deepin. You won't believe me but I ditched Linux Mint for this masterpiece. Loving it more than ever.

It's super easy to use for any newbie/beginner. Each and every part is polished and professionally designed, be it the top bar, sidebar or the dock!

BackSlash is just too much for a free and open source OS. Believe me you are not gonna regret about it. Can uninstall unnecessary apps with just one click.

Yep, I am a newbie to Linux. Trust me it's just better and more safer than windows and many far more beautiful than other Linux distros out there.

Wouldn't think twice before giving it a 10/10.

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Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-08
Votes: 3

At the very first look of the distro, I said that it looks absolutely stunning. I'm very pleased with the beauty and the project certainly has the potential to grow bigger. It pleased to see how evenly this distribution integrates with Qt and GTK+ applications without losing a single feature. Even if it is a KDE based distro, GNOME applications feel the same and I must say Kudos to the "BackSlash Shell" which empowers Plasma to do such a powerful task.

Next, I must say the project is very innovative and I have been following their project page closely and I am very pleased to see some innovative ideas in Linux like their login screen, fingerprint recognition and locking, multi-touch gestures, Snap support, Wine 2.14, Redshift, email client, system optimiser with an advanced app uninstaller, Hardware-Enabled (HWE) Kernel and App Expose and Google Play Music Desktop Edition in their latest beta.

I am restless to try their latest stable release.

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Version: Olaf
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-09-05
Votes: 2

Extremely beautiful

I love KDE but this one is very esthetic and elegant, polished and design
It is bugy for the moment on my computer and I can not wait for a stable release to make a good experiment.
If you like having a linux experience you should give a try to that one that would be certainly very popular soon, especially for Mac user.

For the moment I am between two distro Kde neon and Deepin

I've almost tried than all those are my favourites

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