The RhinoLINUX live USB uses the exact same system as included on the Live DVD except that the Live USB features the ability to act as a true portable operating system due to its 'persistence' feature:
The system saves settings,preferences, and user data and it 'persists' across a reboot.
This live USB key can store up to 4gb of user data inside a special writeable overlay file which is combined with the live DVD system to enable changes.
What good is this? :
1) You have a portable OS with all yr browser bookmarks,passwords and settings stored on a portable usb key.
2) You can boot this usb flash disk off any modern PC that allows booting off USB mass storage devices.
You only use this machine as a 'host' system using only the CPU,memory and screen - no changes or data is saved to the 'host' PC's hard drive. (Unless you authorize saving data elsewhere, the data is saved within your Live system on your USB key)
3) The "Live" system loads entirely into RAM memory, all data is saved within the Live system and no record of your browsing,email,files saved or downloaded etc. is stored on the 'host' PC.
This makes the RhinoLINUX 'Live' portable OS perfect for use when away from your own PC but needing to do sensitive and private transactions such as Internet banking, private emails and personal Skype conversations, for example.
Use of the Live system in Internet cafes or on third party system is the perfect example of where one can benefit from the RhinoLINUX Live system.
Welcome to the RhinoLINUX 8.0 Series!
Welcome to the 8th build of our Operating System family, RhinoLINUX.
Version 8.0 development has been fast-tracked due to our upstream contributor dropping support for the 'saucy' release from the end of July 2014 instead of October 2015. So we have begun building in parallel RhinoLINUX Main, Cinnamon, KDE and Lite XFCe editions all falling under the codename 'Trusty Tosca'.
In keeping with our tradition of naming RhinoLINUX projects after a beloved pet (past,present or future!) this release is dedicated to Tosca, a beloved German Shepherd dog who passed away 2 years ago, after 9 years of faithful service.
RhinoLINUX Version 8.0 is a LTS upstream release. What does LTS mean? it means that our upstream code is supported by the original developer, in this case Ubuntu & Canonical, for Long Term Support, for 5 years. Anofder of our upstream contributors - the LinuxMint team - have already announced that they will be building only on this LTS release until 2019.
RhinoLINUX development is not going to follow the Mint team's path, but will continue to release 2 releases per year in line with Ubuntu releases,and these releases will remain compatible with the relevant release. ie v8.0 is compatible with Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' - v9.0 will be compatible with Ubuntu 14.10 'Utopic Unicorn',
We will still endeavour to include certain Minty tools with RhinoLINUX where possible.
We will be releasing RhinoLINUX Main Edition, with a MATE Desktop, around mid-July, and shortly thereafter the first release of RhinoLINUX Cinnamon Edition. We expect the KDE and Lite editions to be finished around end of July 2014.
These editions will all be made available free of charge. We will as always appreciate any donations toward running costs of the development project.
We are also planning another first, a 64-bit edition of RhinoLINUX which we will be bundling with extra apps, games, tools and themes - this will be called RhinoLINUX Ultimate Edition v8 'Trusty Tosca' 64bit. But this will not be a free release.
RhinoLINUX 8 Ultimate Edition 64-bit will be available only from our store for $ 15 US DVD OR $ 20 US 8GB USB Flash disk.
RhinoLINUX Main Edition 7.0
This edition of the RhinoLINUX family of Operating Systems is our flagship product.It is a modern,good-looking desktop OS with the ability to run not only Linux 32-bit apps but Win32 apps as well.*
RhinoLINUX 7 Main Edition has as its primary GUI (Desktop shell/interface) the traditional MATE Desktop which builds on more than a decade of Gnome 2 usage. In our opinion this is still an excellent desktop environment for a Linux OS. As backup Desktop environment we have the excellent LXDE, which is not only lite but low on system resources, and good enough that is the primary GUI for Lubuntu, Knoppix and other top Linux distros.
The Main Edition as before features a full and complete set of applications for each category such as Office,Internet etc. These application suites allow the opening/viewing of ALL popular and common office/internet/archive and multimedia file-types.We have included transcoders and ISO image editors as well. Many file-types are also able to be edited and / or transcoded (converted) to other filetypes.
Images/Photo tools are bundled which interface with social networks directly enabling easy upload of your photos from phone to Facebook, for example.
Underneath the hood, in console mode there are amongst others the excellent TestDisk disk and data recovery tool, and Midnight Commander - an excellent CLI file manager.
** Win32 applications are supported for the most part (95%) by the WINE subsystem. Right click on the .EXE file and select Wine Loader to run/setup the Windows application. Tricky and popular Games( and other Win32 apps) can be installed by running PlayOnLinux under the Games menu.
VirtualX is our suite of emulation and virtualization software. VirtualBox and QEMU Launcher are there to create and run Virtual Machines which can run any Windows or other OS as a normal PC will do. Multiboot USB utilities exist which allow one to create custom bootable USB flash disks. The tools will allow a boot menu of Linux Live ISO images to be set up as well as DOS and WinPE disks can be added. and the Win7/8 Install DVD.
Last but not least users will find a RhinoLINUX program group when selecting the Applications menu. There are system utilities specially designed and customized for RhinoLINUX inside this group, for the most part these simpify a standard user or admin task such as backing up files or installing an application etc.
RhinoLINUX Main Edition 7.0 features the following upstream components:
Linux kernel 3.11-0-12
MATE Desktop Environment 1.6.1 I (a fork of the Gnome 2 GUI)
Ubuntu Desktop 13.10 "Saucy Salamander"
Linux Mint 16 "Petra"
RhinoLINUX KDE Edition 7.0
The RhinoLINUX Project is pleased to announce the availability and release of RhinoLINUX 7.0 KDE Edition, developed under codename Saucy Suzie'.
RhinoLINUX KDE Edition version 7.0 is our member of the RhinoLINUX operating system family which uses the K Desktop Environment and Plasma Workspace as its primary desktop GUI/environment. LXDE is also included as a backup GUI in the event of KDE not starting up properly.
This edition has built on the source code of the following upstream projects:
Kubuntu 13.10 'Saucy Salamander'
Linux Mint 16 'Petra'
Linux 3.11 (custom-tuned)
K Desktop Environment 4.11
A new tool called Samba Mounter haa been bundled to assist with sharing files using Samba/Windows shares
MDM received the following improvements:
New theme techniques were also implemented and featured in the default theme. The animated background and the user selection will inspire other artists to create a new generation of MDM themes.
USB FLASH DRIVE FORMATTER
A new tool was developed to easily format USB sticks to NTFS, FAT32 and ext4.
The new format tool and the USB Image writing tool were integrated with the Dolphin file manager, right click on the objects to get a relevant menu.
RhinoLINUX 7.0 focuses on the task at hand, it does less and does it better than before. It features many speed and performance improvements:
Under the hood, RhinoLINUX 7.0 introduces a lot of improvements:
INTERNET: Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Pidgin IM, Teamviewer 9
GRAPHICS: GIMP,GThumb, Risotto image viewer
MULTIMEDIA: VLC Media Player. Kaffeine, K3B dvd writing software, DVDstyler, DeVeDe, AcidRip, Handbrake
SYSTEM TOOLS; Virtualbox, Multisystem USB multiboot USB Creator, RhinoLINUX Software Manager, Unetbootin, Testdisk, Midnight Commander
OFFICE; LibreOffice 4 with improved MS Office document compatibility
CROSS-PLATFORM WINDOWS APPLICATION SUPPORT:
WinE compatibility layer allows one to run up to 95% of Windows applications by simply right-clicking the .exe file and choosing 'Wine Windows Program Loader".