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. paulitzz says:

    Oh, dude, i hate peoples like You. Don’t know about the reason motivating any person to create its own ‘distro’, whats differs only because that person likes non-default gtk theme or applications.

    No, really, over 500 distros on distrowatch make me mad.

  2. Vytas says:


    Maybe a new distro was not needed here, I do like your chosen features, but i dont see why should I reinstall ubuntu.

    What about releasing a bash script to install all the eye candy and the tweaks you made ?

  3. Leif says:

    paulitzz: lets see if I get this, your one and only reason to “hate” people like Pinguy is not the quality of his distro, but the number of to him totally unrelated ditros available at a certain homepage? A quality which he himself has aboslutely NO power over whatsoever!

    Why not try to say nothing at all, the next time you’re planning to say something stupid? Or at least try to be contructive in your critisism.

  4. Seth Kriticos says:

    Another fork. Why?

    You’ll have a hard time to sync it with mainline. Forks are mostly useful if you really have to part, which you don’t.

    Why not just contribute upstream on launchpad? Seems to make a hell of a lot of sense than what you do.

    Also, calling some app-selection and a bit of graphical sugar a distribution is a bit exaggerated. If you’d have your own software repositories, than maybe, but not for a slightly customized installation iso.

    Better call it Ubuntu 10.04 LTS repackaged installation iso with some customizations. Because, that’s what it is.

  5. conorsulli says:

    Well I think its a good start to make way until elememtary-os comes out. Obviously their are many silly things with ubuntu that people should not need to set up, however it does remind me a little of linux mint without all the bloat or Super OS, but you have made some obvious enhancements with the out of box things that everybody will want to use like duh – working full screen flash.

    The above comment is a little unfair.

    I often forget what things to install and hacks to fix after an upgrade, its annoying – I keep a text file of all the hacks to get it up and going after a fresh install.

    Nice work.

  6. t1010011 says:

    That’s the beauty of linux, you build an experience, pack into a distro and share it!

    From the description seems you have come down to every most of ubuntu problems… That’s very good, if I hadn’t already updated to 10.04 and made a ton of customizations I’d certainly use it….

    Good work, great site, keep up!

  7. Salih Emin says:

    Its good to see new approaches on how should a desktop Linux distribution should and shouldn’t be. Unfortunately many will “fight” you while forgetting that their distribution is a fork. There is no dought about the nature of Linux and GPL that motivates people to create a fork when they dont like what they use. Yes there may be zillions of distros out there but not all of them are “Desktop-easy-to-use-mainstream-ready”. Most of theme are for special needs. The bottom line is that Desktop Linux has 3 distributions :
    — Deb based distribution
    — RPM based distribution
    — Source based distribution
    End of story.

    keep up the good work, exploring and learning Linuxs’ nature…

  8. eremit says:

    In contrast to some of the harsh and negative reactions: Thumbs Up! You’ve made a great job – keep up the good work!

  9. ruemere says:

    Good job.
    Too many moving parts (changing backgrounds, animated indicators on background and taskbars), but easily removable (removed conky, removed webilder).

    Personal preferences with regard to the look:
    Added Bisigi themes. Turned off some Compiz options.


  10. Drewsus says:

    As someone that likes to build my own customizationed Live CDs of Ubuntu I must say, great work.
    I was wonder a few things:
    What Upnp server do you use, and how do you set it up?
    How did you get your movie .avis to show as their movie poster?
    Same for music albums?
    What ever it is for those last two, is there a fairly automated way about it?
    What did you use to wrap your distro? Remastersys? Something else? Do you have a tutorial?

    Thanks in advance,

  11. Josh says:

    Just one question, how did you get the menu like that?

  12. EffEcks says:

    Great job, I dont care if people say there are too many distros. A package like this reminds me off the good old days when you could get WinXP SP3 loaded up and have all the bug fixes, power tools and themes installed from the first boot.

    I love this and will certainly be using it on my next build.

  13. dev says:

    Nice work.
    Just one small thing i wanted to mention is that i use archive manager more often for iso files than brasero disc burner.So it is not really a strange thing to have it as default.

  14. Márcio L. Nascimento says:

    That’s Awesome!!!!!

    Tnks, i like of then new natilus.. hehehe

    Installed in 3 computer in 1 day..

  15. pinguy says:


    I really don’t agree with you, as Linux is all about choice and for people to modify the software as they feel fit.

  16. Guy says:

    “There isn’t any 32-bit version as most people should have a 64-bit processors as they have been around for a few years now.”

    Spoken like a true geek – most of us in computer land are still on 32 bit

  17. Timmans says:

    Excellent job – am running it now and loving it. All of the benefits of Ubuntu LTS with a good helping of eye-candy and intelligently chosen programs and accessories.
    Keep on going with it.

  18. Blink says:

    wow, that looks nice that theme is that?

  19. rdyg says:


    Elemetary theme…

  20. pederm says:

    I dont have the time and energy to customize stock Ubuntu myself, so this fitted perfectly. Thanks and keep up your good work.

    And please be quick when a new release is out…

  21. mark umbel says:

    installed and like it so far. big improvement over street stock ubuntu. however, how do i get rid of this auto-wallpaper changer

  22. sharky says:

    This is very nicely done. How can way stay up to date with your progress? Do you plan to do this for 10.10 also?

  23. pinguy says:

    @mark umbel

    It’s Webilder. Up in the panel on the right hand side you will see something that’s meant to look like a camera. Just remove that.

  24. Marcio L. Nascimento says:

    Pinguy, i canot change de locate. I need install portugues_BR. You fix it? Tnks.

  25. mark umbel says:

    thanks for info. however the ubuntu-nividia problem is still here along with the other ubuntu headaches.

    you are doing a good job, keep at it and best of luck to you. mark.

  26. stan says:

    amazing job pinguy!

  27. InItTogether says:

    Love the distro! It’s perfect for work.

    One problem I had though was that I couldn’t get the wireless to work on my Dell E6400… but found this tutorial and it worked! Hopefully this will help someone else.

    Thanks for putting this distro together. I’m looking forward to trying out some of the new (to me) applications.


  28. FANUM says:

    What did you use to create this custom distro? I have used reconstructor in the past, but since they switched to some sub-par web based app, I have been looking for an alternative.

  29. Chris Alexander says:

    Will this OS run on a netbook? Specifically an EeePC 900A?
    If so, what additions would need to be made to accomodate?
    Thanks for a really useful Distro, fully loaded!

  30. pinguy says:

    @Chris Alexander

    I haven’t tested the OS’s on a EeePC 900A but it seems like this netbook works under Ubuntu 10,04 and as this distro at it’s base core is Ubuntu 10,04 it should work.

    But still check to see if your netbook will run Ubuntu 10,04, if it can it will be able to run Pinguy OS.

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