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Vanilla OS

Last Update: 2023-02-11 02:12 UTC

Vanilla OS, a fixed-release distribution based on Ubuntu with the GNOME desktop, is an immutable operating system. The core parts of the system are locked down to prevent unwanted changes and corruption from third-party applications or a faulty update.

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Average visitor rating: 6.39/10 from 18 review(s).

Vanilla OS Summary
Distribution Vanilla OS
Home Page https://vanillaos.org/
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Documentation https://documentation.vanillaos.org/
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Reviews 22.10: Heise (German) • DistroWatch
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 • 2022-12-30: Distribution Release: Vanilla OS 22.10
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Feature 22.10-r7
Release Date 2023-02-09
End Of Life 2023-06
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 1700-1800
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop GNOME
Package Management DEB (APT)
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support --
Full Package List 22.10-r7
Package 22.10-r7
abiword (3.0.5) --
alsa-lib (1.2.9)
amdgpu (23.0.0) --
bash (5.2.15) 5.2
bind (9.18.15) --
chromium (114.0.5735.106) --
cups (2.4.4) 2.4.2
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.46.5
firefox (114.0.1) --
freetype (2.13.0) 2.12.1
gcc (13.1.0) 12.2.0
gimp (2.10.34) --
glibc (2.37) 2.36
gnome-shell (44.2) 43.1
gnucash (5.1) --
gnumeric (1.12.55) --
grub (2.06) 2.06
gtk (4.10.4) 4.8.1
httpd (2.4.57) --
inkscape (1.2.2) --
k3b (23.04.2) --
kmod (30) 30
krita (5.1.5) --
libreoffice (7.5.4) --
linux (6.3.7) 5.19
Package 22.10-r7
lxpanel (0.10.1) --
mariadb (11.1.1) --
mate-desktop (1.26.1) --
mesa (23.1.2) 22.2.5
mysql (8.0.33) --
nautilus (44.2.1) 43.0
NVIDIA (530.41.03) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (20.0.1) --
openssh (9.3p1) 9.0p1
openssl (3.1.1) 3.0.5
perl (5.36.1) 5.34.0
php (8.2.7) --
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) --
postfix (3.8.1) --
postgresql (15.3) --
Python (3.11.4) 3.10.6
qt (6.5.1) --
samba (4.18.3) 4.16.8
systemd (253.5) 251.4
thunderbird (102.12.0) --
vim (9.0) 9.0
vlc (3.0.18) --
wayland (1.22.0) --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) --
xorg-server (21.1.8) 21.1.4

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Version: 22.10-r7
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-05-01
Votes: 5

Very easy to install. My 11 year old could install without any help.
I love the reliability and A-B root stability that I can be hands off for maintaining the system for the kids. I also love the auto update that will keep the system up to date.

The greatest feature is the install from AUR, rpm, apk, flatpak, etc. Very easy to install any software that is needed.

Kids love it. I tried playing around with it and it works great. The default desktop is GNOME. I will try to use MATE desktop that I like.
Having the recommended 8GB memory really helps. The look and feel is comparable to MAC(IMO). very easy to use. Bottles and Wine works just fine.

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Version: 22.10-r7
Rating: 8
Date: 2023-04-01
Votes: 9

VanillaOS is a distribution that includes all of the fundamental applications that most people use, from browsers to codecs to software shops to offices to viewers and players. It also enables the user to download software from multiple package managers, which is then maintained in the Apx. Apx will allow you to construct a container based on your preferred distribution. You may make an Ubuntu (apt) container, which is the default, or you can make a container for Arch (pacman), Fedora (dnf), Alpine (apk), Void (xbps), and others. The Apx is typically a bit inconsistent, and it is still in its early stages, so I will assume that it will improve with time. I've tried it, and it hasn't worked a few times when installing some simple packages, and the integration between the appstore isn't seamless. Appimages run efficiently, programs run smoothly, the desktop environment consumes less than 1.1 to 1.2 GB of memory on launch, and the CPU usage is low. The installer also suggests extra packages for the user to install, which is a benefit. In terms of usability, it works and is easy; the installation is simple. VanillaOS also prioritizes security by incorporating features like firewalls and automated software upgrades. Overall, VanillaOS is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a simple, efficient, and safe operating system. As the project moves away from Ubuntu and toward Debian as its foundation, this operating system will improve over time. As a result, new users that transfer to Linux will have a nice selection and usability.

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Version: 22.10-r3
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-01-29
Votes: 9

VanillaOS is a new and exciting open-source operating system that promises to bring simplicity, speed and security to its users. The interface is intuitive, clean and straightforward, making it easy for users to navigate and perform basic tasks. The system is built on a lightweight Linux distribution, ensuring fast performance and a low resource footprint. Additionally, VanillaOS focuses on security by including features such as firewalls and automatic software updates. Overall, VanillaOS is a great option for anyone looking for a no-frills, efficient and secure operating system.

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