Pinguy OS:A Ubuntu-Fork

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EDIT# Pinguy OS Website.

This OS is for people that have never used Linux before or for people that just want a out-of-the-box working OS without doing all the tweaks and enhancements that everyone seems to do when installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is a great OS and undoubtedly the most popular and easiest Linux based Distro to use but even with its default setup and chosen programs it's still lacking functionality and ease of use for most new users. So what I decided to do was build a Distro that looks good, could do everything most user would ever want to do and that was very simple to use.

I started out by listening to what my friends and family wanted to use their PC for and found the most user friendly programs for the task they wanted to do. After a while I got a good idea what most people use their PC for and what programs where the easiest to use. Like using Shotwell for easily uploading images to Facebook, gtkpod for putting music, photos and video on a ipod/iphone and mvPod for converting the video to a iPod friendly format.

So all the programs in Pinguy OS have been chosen because of there ease of use and functionality, I also changed every file type to open with the right program, like for some reason by default .iso are opened with Archive Manager so I changed that to Brasero Disc Burner.

As I already said apart from it being easy to use I also wanted it to be a very good looking operating system. There are now a lot of programs out there for Linux to give the OS a very smart and polished implementation, like CoverGloobus, Gloobus Preview, GNOME Do, and Docky. These programs don't just give the OS a good look and feel but they are also very useful and handy.

Pinguy OS is just an optimise build of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Minimal CD with added repository’s, tweaks and enhancements that can run as a Live DVD or be installed. It has all the added packages needed for video, music and web content e.g. flash and java, plus a few fixes as well. Like fixing the wireless problems, gwibber’s Facebook problem and flash videos in full-screen.

Everything is set-up for samba, all you need to do is right click a folder you want to share and add a password in samba using system-config-samba.
It also has a UPnP server (pms-linux) so you can share your music, video’s etc. With a PS3, XBOX 360 or any other UPnP media reader.

Nautilus has been replaced for Elementary-Nautilus with added plug-ins so it can get music and video art from the web.
The default theme is Elementary using ttf-droid font with Docky and a custom Conky.

Here's Some Screenshots:
I have added DVB support to Totem for anyone with a TV card that wants to watch tv on there PC but don't want to install a whole program like myth-tv.

If you have a 64-Bit processor you should go with the 64-Bit version of the OS, unless you have a technical or business reasons for not migrating to 64-bit Linux with compatible hardware, there is no reason to stick around with a 32-bit. The main reason for going with 64-bit is because it's faster then 32-bit on the same hardware and there aren't many programs now that don't run on 64-bit.

The following processors support 64-Bit:

  • AMD 64-Bit processors ( Athlon 64, Opteron, later Sempron, Turion 64, Phenom, Athlon II and Phenom II processors)
  • Intel 64-Bit processors (Celeron D, later Pentium 4, Pentium D, later Xeon, Core 2 (not Core Duo), Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Atom processors)

There maybe more so please check to see if your processor is compatible. If you have any doubts or are not sure if you have a 64-Bit processor go with the 32-Bit version.

Pinguy OS x86-64 (64-Bit)

Pinguy OS i686 (32-Bit)

To view the list of installed programs or to report any problems please go to the Ubuntu Forum.

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46 Responses

  1. srinivas v says:


    I have been a GNU/Linux user for a long time. I am an ardent lover of Debian GNU/Linux. Debian GNU/Linux is always on my notebook. But, my desktop is always ready for distrohopping. I have installed nearly all the major flavors of GNU/Linux and have enjoyed the freedom this movement has to offer.

    I really liked your spin. Keep up the good work. The choice of apps are excellent. Many congratulations.

  2. Mike says:

    You need to find a better file host – hotfile extorts you with insane download times unless you are a premium member – 3.8 hrs vs 22 minutes? Really?

    Your dropbox account is frozen due to bandwidth overage. So I cannot get the 32-bit version. would host it for you, has decent download speeds, and is free. Why force us to use incredibly slow or expensive methods to get your files?

    So where I would have tried it out and possibly converted my boot-keys from ubuntu to pinguy, now I’ll just skip it. If I find the ISO on a real mirror, I’ll reconsider.

  3. Chris Alexander says:

    Fantastic Distro! Considering using it on my netbook. Can you inform me as to the minimum disk space requirements for this OS?
    Thanks for your work!

  4. Kevin says:

    Huge fan of this release. I have been using it exclusively for about 2 weeks right now and I don’t know if I’m going to bother installing another OS on my other partitions…

  5. abir says:

    bro, LOVED it. totally nice. kicks linux mint’s ass. but hey, would you consider writing up the process of how you put this distro together? like how you were able save all the desktop and software modifications and create a bootable image…(remastersys-maybe?)….it’ll help me and some other remastering-n00bs…thanxx

  6. Miriam says:

    UBUNTU is the easiest LINUX (that’s why is the most popular one) and MAC is the most beautiful UNIX. So there is PINGUY (both in one)!!!! Thanks a lot and don’t give up to develop this OS. I LOVE IT! Who wants a difficult OS and ugly??? Oh, common…

  7. Putyn says:

    Hey cool distro 😛 ive already installed it on my laptop but ive got a little problem – i didn’t format the /home partition cause i didn’t want to lose all the data and i didn’t had space to backup it and after installation i have the pinguy dock panel and the old ubuntu gnome-panels so what can do to get only the pinguy dock panel ?

  8. ernestova says:

    Hellow: In this web the md5sum for Pinguy OS i686 (32-Bit) is wrong
    The md5sum well is 334de5c969dd4a9c519c7616c9293c23

  9. Bry says:

    Very nice distro!
    As Pinguy is based on Ubuntu 10.04, my Sony laptop’s built in microphone will not work. However, I am sure it will when and if Pinguy goes to Ubuntu 10.10.
    I found this to be so with Mint 10. So I shall stay with Mint for the time being, but keep an interested eye open for any Pinguy revisions.

  10. Jamal_iX says:

    bad guys… where is instal inside of windows. peace ubuntu :p

  11. Xpatnat says:

    Looks fan-tas-tic and easy to use.
    I’ve been using Ubuntu since 7.04 but this looks even better. I wish I had this distro when I began using Linux…a newbie’s dream come true.

  12. pajo says:

    Love this distro but have a problem with the Intel 64 [not only with your build] and getting the restricted drivers which I need to be able to underscan for the Pano. Any help would be appreciated

    Thank You for all of the hard work.

    distro-hopping Noob


  13. David says:

    This is the first Distro that I can use. Thank you for freeing me from windows. I have tried to install 6 different distros, this one worked out of the box. wireless networking card WORKING when I first ran the system!! Again Thank You!

  14. Toby says:

    I really like this everything started like a dream wifi | TV all the stuff that I have found hard.
    Simple question on the default desktop there is a systems monitor set up as some sort of widget – what is running that can I change it – don’t want to remove it.

  15. Chika says:

    hello everyone, i am kinda new to linux and i need some help. Right so i had windows 7 32-bit and installed ubuntu worked perfectly then i bought a graphic card (xfx ati raedeon 43500) gave a few problems had to reinstall windows so ubuntu was deleted so now i reinstalled windows 7 but this time the 64-bit version and tried to install ubuntu 64-bit didnt work it booted to the pink screen and restarted so i tried the 32-bit version it booted to the ubuntu logo and stayed theresame theng with pinguy os 64-bit it boots to the slection screen and when i slect an option it runs and gives errors i checked my hardware i didnt find any thing was wrong please help i want to install pingus os

    my specs:

    intel pentinum D 3.0ghz
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    Ram: 2Gb
    xfx ati raedeon 4350

  16. Jamal_iX says:

    yo Chika: 1-Pinguy OS is Ubuntu,not a new OS, but with some modification:
    a: removed wubi.exe (not work with windows7 in dual boot), no dual boot.
    b: added docky
    c: added Elementary-Nautilus themes
    d: conky and other shit.
    if u want a good os from linux with dual boot try ubuntu or kubuntu, kiwilinux…….

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