Meet Nitrux: The Most Beautiful Linux Distribution Ever?

What happens when a bunch of awesome UI designers work on their own Linux distribution?

Nitrux happens!

Nitrux Linux desktop Screenshots

Nitrux is a new Linux distribution with focus on design. It introduces Nomad desktop which is built on top of KDE Plasma 5 and Qt.

Though Nitrux is based on Ubuntu, it is slightly different from other Ubuntu based distributions because it uses the unstable dev branch. So, the present release Nitrux 1.0 is based on still under development Ubuntu 17.10. Nitrux devs think that “this is close enough to a rolling release model”.

Reincarnation of the old Nitrux Linux distribution

If you think that you have heard the name Nitrux but can’t figure out where, let me refresh your memory a bit. There was already a Nitrux Linux distribution, from the very same team.

Like the present one, the previous one was also based on Ubuntu dev branch and used KDE 4 as the desktop environment. It used the famous Nitrux theme, from the same Nitrux team of course.

So, what prompted them to overhaul a Linux distribution that was cruising at version 7 and revamp it as Nitrux version 1.0? Nitrux team told me:

… that version of Nitrux was based on Ubuntu (15.10), the last release was 7.15. We stopped development of that version because of a problem we had with systemd and networkmanager. During that time Ubuntu was transitioning from upstart to systemd and systemd support wasn’t as polished. Since we were using the dev branch of Ubuntu that transition took a hit on Nitrux. The current version of Nitrux is also based on the dev branch of Ubuntu, on top of that are the continuous updates to Plasma provided by Neon devs, for which we enabled both git repositories, and finally our homebrew software, like Nomad Desktop.

In short, the main difference between the two versions is that the new Nitrux has the custom made software.

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Nitrux Linux features

You can take a desktop tour of Nitrux 1.0 in this video from our YouTube channel. Do subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Linux related stuff:

Here are some of the main highlights of the Nitrux 1.0:

  • Based on Ubuntu dev branch
  • Uses the latest KDE Plasma for its Nomad Desktop
  • Has its own Nomad firewall with ability to use profiles, quickly enable or disable the firewall, easily set incoming and outgoing rules, view which applications are listening on which ports, as well as to effortlessly add or remove rules
  • Focus on universal packaging and hence uses Snap in the revamped software center.
  • Sort of rolling release model
  • Available for 64 bit systems only

Nitrux Linux desktop Screenshots

Download Nitrux 

You can download the ISO for Nitrux from its website. The ISO file is around 1.1 Gb in size. You should use Unetbootin for creating the live USB because Ubuntu’s own Startup Disk Creator didn’t work for me.

Download Nitrux

How do you like Nitrux Linux? It looks beautiful but is it good enough for you to make a jump? Share your views.

Comments

  1. I’m going to give this one a shot – I’ll try via CD first and if it fails (or too sluggish), I’ll go the USB route. A couple of things that convinced me to try this – they are one of the few that focus on a firewall. They are also embracing a portable packaging system.

    I’m a pragmatist first. I need functionality and practicality in my OSes first and foremost. If it looks nice while it’s doing so, that’s a bonus. They also pulled off a nice visual website. Normally this detracts but despite the flair… it remained focus on what sets it apart. The vast majority of distro sites usually have you searching for information, system requirements, etc… terrible communicators and a sign that the distro itself isn’t professionally managed.

    In contrast, these guys make a good first impression – visually and professionally. Looking forward to the results – almost done with my CD burn…

  2. Looks nice and interesting. I have KDE Neon and the only complain I have is that I can’t connect it to the TV, using the HDMI port. Or don’t know how to solve. In any case, it is not an easy task, contrary to Ubuntu. Could Nitrux be better in this area?

  3. Support – HELLO? There is no site other than the flashy brochure site. Support is by emailing, which they’re in no hurry to answer. Honestly, there is no way a major distro can be supported via email. Forums might be a good idea :-/ Booted .ISO in Virtual box, logo shows then black – no desktop. Per release notes I do not have 3D acceleration turned on due to this known issue.

      • First of all, Chinese are great people, regardless of what we are taught to believe by our Nazi regime. Secondly, each of these distributions are elegant in their own right and since we are all here together, enjoy which ever one suits your taste. Enjoy

  4. Is this the legacy version or the uefi version available for download? I tried dual booting it with wind 10 and it does not boot

  5. Other mirrors for download available?? Download failed, restarted several times till iso on hard drive: checksum did not match. Tried download several times last few days, when download fails, I delete the temp file and try again. Never gotten more than 150 MB in a pass. Downloaded Mint, Ubuntu, KDE and other images over last year or so, no problems.

  6. Hi, Mr. Abhishek. Thanks for your very useful initiative of having an weekly updated newsletter on Linux. Keep it up.
    Martin

  7. I don’t know about all that.
    To me, the most beautiful Linux environment is a simple command line…… with a nicely customized prompt, of course. :-)

  8. It’s sort of sad how every new DE thinks they’re a new distro…
    Don’t get me wrong.. I like DE’s and all…
    But the only real distros are Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Gentoo, ArchLinux (order of preference ;) )and the others which are actually different implementation wise…

    • It’s sort of sad how every new Fanboy thinks they know it all…
      Don’t get me wrong.. I like Fanboys and all…
      But the only real distros are Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Gentoo, ArchLinux (order of preference ;) ) and the others which are mostly just re-issues of the above 5…

  9. It doesn’t boot on my laptop. Downloaded and checked md5sum. Burned it to a usb through dd,, but it doesn’t boot. Tried the RC one too, and that too doesn’t boot.

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