ROSA Desktop Fresh R8
ROSA Desktop Fresh R8 is a distribution for enthusiasts in constantly changing Linux world. It's the last release based on rosa2014.1 platform. R8 is a stable release with 2 years of extended support (security updates until Fall 2018).
ROSA Desktop Fresh R8 features 4 desktop environments:
KDE 4 - stable and recommended desktop environment for home users.
GNOME 3 - simple and easy to use desktop environment.
Plasma 5 - new version of KDE, recommended only for Linux enthusiasts because it's not as stable as KDE 4 yet.
MATE - fast and lightweight desktop environment for older hardware.
- ROSA Desktop Fresh R8 Release Notes
- Optimizing Fresh R8 for machines with limited hardware resources
- Desktop Fresh R8 Errata - possible error fixes and workarounds
Install Additional Software
You can install a lot of additional software from ROSA repositories. In order to do this, launch "Install and Remove Software" program from the System Settings panel (aka "Configure Your System").
If you are a newbie in Linux and don't know which particular program you need, try to use http://www.alternativeto.net to find analogues of your favourite applications
In particular, in ROSA repositories you will find:
We recommend to use versions from our repositories.
If for some reason you are not satisfied by OpenJDK provided with ROSA, you can install Oracle Java from the official site. Due to license restrictions, we cannot put it to our repositories.
Alternative Desktop Environments
In addition to the desktop environments mentioned above, you can install one of these environments on your desktop just by installing corresponding task- package.
Alternative desktop environments are supported by ROSA Community and are not subjected to as strict QA process (unlike main DEs)