Fern OS is a Linux distribution based on the major editions of Linux Mint (currently at 18.3). This has the Cinnamon desktop environment and includes the WINE compatibility layer to run Windows applications.
The distribution also has the WPS productivity software, which is mainly compatible with Microsoft Office and the Vivaldi web browser. A new snapshot of this Linux distro was recently released, renewing many of the system packages to their most current version.
Uno of the important points What makes this distribution attractive is that it is one of the few that still maintains support for 32-bit architecture.
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With the new release of Feren OS 2019.04 introduces new wallpapers, new themes and a new installer for the 64-bit compilation, also with the update of the Linux Kernel to version 4.18.
A new installer has been integrated into the system, which is Calamares and now they provide a much faster installation experience from beginning to end.
Plus Feren OS 64-Bit with Cinnamon along with Calamares add an OEM installation experience.
In the improvements of the themes in this new release, some visible settings in “Feren OS Light Theme” are highlighted, including within the system theme repository a new GTK2 theme which was redesigned and based on the latest Arc GTK2 theme that now combines with the general Feren OS theme once more.
Feren-oobe, a setup wizard
Another significant change to the integration of 'First Login OOBE', or feren-oobe, in Cinnamon Desktop. In which this novelty is basically a configuration wizard that will be launched on the first login of the system.
Feren-oobe pIt will provide an easy way to configure the following before the user enters Feren OS:
- Light / Dark Mode + Accent Color
- Toggle animations
This program will also appear in the Live Session to provide quick and easy access to the Light / Dark Accent Mode + Accent Color page before allowing you to continue using the Live Session.
Feren OS switches to GitLab
The repositories of Feren OS have now been moved to a new one which is hosted in a GitLab repository.
Also, repositories now have a proper structure, which means that packages can be better divided into 'components' of the repository to enable or disable certain parts of the repositories.
KDE Neon User Edition repository
Finally another highlight of this new release of Feren OS is that the distribution has benefited from receiving the latest and best KDE packages (from Neon User Edition).
Although there is also an additional change since some packages are removed to solve some dependency problems or problems that can compromise the system experience.
Within of the other novelties that stand out in this release we find the following:
- A darkened GTK3 theme, making the light theme more neutral.
- The back end changes to the cinnamon themes to make them more consistent and changes the theme a bit to better match the new dark light theme.
- Metacity / Window Borders is updated so that the title bars are consistent with the new theme.
- The WinStyle and macStyle window borders (Metacity themes) have been modified to support accent-dependent coloring for supported GTK3 themes.
Download Feren OS 2019.04
For those who are interested in being able to obtain this new system image and install this Linux distribution on your computer or you want to test it under a virtual machine.
All you have to do is go to official website of the distribution and in its download section you will be able to obtain the image of the system.
You can make use of Etcher to save the image to a USB.