Nitrux: a different Debian distribution
Are you looking for a unique operating system based on a well-known distribution? Nitrux has lots of special features but it’s built from Debian.
Table of Contents
- Built from Debian.
- Custom KDE Plasma desktop (NX Desktop).
- Without systemd, it uses OpenRC as init system.
- Emphasizes the use of AppImages to manage the software.
- Includes Maui Apps, a suite of convergent applications.
- Only open source software included. Optional linux-libre kernel available.
There are two versions to download on https://nxos.org/english/nx/:
- Minimal: without NX Desktop, just a basic desktop with a terminal to install other desktop environments and apps.
- Standard: with NX Desktop, Maui and KDE apps, other popular software.
I recommend you to download the Standard version unless you want a custom install. Download the ISO file and create a bootable USB from it (using Etcher, dd, etc.). Boot your computer from the USB drive.
Installation process is simple, but make sure to select the right option before clicking ‘Next’ on each window.
Once the installation completes and after a reboot, you can log in and enter to the beautiful (in my opinion) NX Desktop.
Nitrux desktop is a mix of several desktop environments: it has a program menu similar to GNOME’s (click on the triangle icon to open it), some KDE apps, a bottom bar like in ElementaryOS, a top bar what works similar to macOS,… But all is well-integrated and makes a great user experience.
Preinstalled apps are a mix of Maui (Vwave, Index), KDE (Spectacle, KCalc, Ark) and other popular software like LibreOffice and Firefox.
Nitrux only installs a basic suite of applications. To install more, there are several options:
- NX Software Center: a graphical package manager similar to GNOME’s one or KDE Discover, but this one only “installs” AppImages.
- PackageKit Console Client (
pkcon): a command line package manager that installs Debian packages (although Nitrux strongly emphasizes the use of AppImages).
pkconcommands are easy to learn:
pkcon update. Run
man pkconfor more info.
Finally, when you want to shutdown your computer, press the ‘lightning’ icon on the right of the bottom bar.
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