MakuluLinux unity Desktop, it is Rock Solid Stable, Fast, Secure, Safe and Simply Beautiful and offers some unique features. Now sporting a unique 3 panel system that allows the user complete control of his system without even needing to minimize a window. This release is 64bit with EFI support and offers the Constructor tool to re-spin your own custom ISO. There are so many more features that simply make this Edition stand out ! It is not just unity, it is Makulu Unity …
Stand out features :
Variety Wallpaper Changer :
Appearance has been completely removed, instead variety controls wallpapers and ubuntu tweak controls Themes, Variety is packed with great features, yet slim and easy to use. It can use local images or automatically download wallpapers from lots of online sources, allows you to rotate them on a regular interval, and provides easy ways to separate the great images from the junk. Variety can also display wise and funny quotations or a nice digital clock on the desktop. Variety currently controls the wallpapers on Makulu Unity.
Special Effects :
Some special effects have been enabled by default, namely Wobbly windows, Cube, reflections, shadows and animations, these are controlled by Compiz settings manager. PLEASE be careful when using the compiz manager, you can EASILY break your system if you do not know what you are doing.
Makulu Unity sports 12 work space out of the box, you can increase or decrease these as you please.
Steam and PlayonLinux are both included on this Edition, users can simply fire up steam and start playing their favorite games or use PlayonLinux and setup their favorite titles with ease. a Few extra games have been included as well.
The Full WPS office suite ( formerly known as Kingsoft office ) is included, start working on your documents straight out of the box, it is also fully compatible with Microsoft office file types. Using Linux in the office environment has never been easier …
Wine is included, Running all your windows software is as simple as it is in the windows environment. simply double click an Exe or Msi file and watch it come to life, run your favorite Windows software or games the same way you would in a Windows environment.
I have included MANY ppa’s in this Edition, this allows users to install a MUCH greater variety of applications and always up to date with latest versions available to popular software.
Makulu Constructor :
Makulu ow offers a Built in constructor tool, this tool lets you quickly and easily create a 100% snapshot of your LIVE system as it is, save it into a ISO that can be then re-installed on a new computer. It comes complete with a livemode, installer and full EFI/Secure boot. In fact, this release was compiled with the same constructor tool, which is evidence of how powerful it is. Make any changes to your dekstop, doesnt matter how big or small, then hit the construct button and let the constructor go to work. when its done out pops a bootable EFI ready ISO. its all automated with almost no interaction required from the user. This ISO can be put onto a DVD or usb and installed on any other computer. You can now customize your system to your hearts desire and them make a Complete install-able backup to either store somewhere safely, or to install on a chain of computers, It has NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER been this easy to compile unity before, with just one click of a button ! and it is Completely FREE !
Streaming in MakuluLinux :
Netflix & Popcorm Time are Both now fully supported in This edition. Users can easily install popcorntime straight from the software manager or synaptic manager with one click of a button, no other configuration is needed, its never been so easy to run popcorn time on debian before… Netflix is now fully integrated and functional on google chrome, it also sports some nice onscreen navigation buttons and even works in unsupported countries ! So truely streaming is something makulu users can now enjoy with ease …
Safety and Security :
MakuluLinux Unity Edition now also sports a built in firewall to keep your system secure at all times as well as a built in Anti Virus to keep your system safe at all times. You can now use the system with feeling at ease that your safety is our priority.
Some transparency has been added throughout the system, namely on pop up menus, right click menu’s, top, side and bottom panels as well as on the window Title bars. Yes you heard correct, they said transparency on title bars on 14.04 was impossible, they lied, it is possible because i have done it.
Bottom Panel :
MakuluLinux unity now sports a fully operational bottom panel, this panel includes a Classic menu, Window list, Update notifications and a clock. It acts and functions just like a normal bottom panel, and it makes use of a multi mode system. when not needed it will auto hide itself, when in fullscreen mode it will reserve panel space. When not used it will also auto fade into background.
TLP is an advanced power management tool for Linux. It comes with a default configuration already optimized for battery life. At the same time it is highly customizable to fulfil specific user requirements.
TLP supplies separate settings profiles for AC and battery power and can enable or disable bluetooth, WiFi and WWAN radio devices upon system startup.
For ThinkPads it provides a unified way to configure charging thresholds and recalibrate the battery for all models which support it (via tp-smapi or acpi-call).
enables owners of Toshiba laptops to change the LCD brightness,
control, the internal fan and use the special keys on their keyboard
(Fn-x combinations, hot-keys). The internal functions will give the
possibility to map the Fn-Keys to functions like volume up/down, mute, suspend to disk, suspend to ram and switch LCD/CRT/TV-out. These functions heavily depend on the system and/or kernel configuration. You will need at least a kernel (v2.4.x, v2.5.x, v2.6.x) with ACPI and Toshiba support (CONFIG_ACPI and CONFIG_ACPI_TOSHIBA).
Support for Apple Devices :
handles the hotkeys found on the Apple MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, PowerBook and iBook laptops and adjusts the LCD backlight, sound volume, keyboard backlight or ejects the CD-ROM drive accordingly. monitors the ambient light sensors to automatically light up the keyboard backlight on machines that support it.
EFI / Secure Boot :
MakuluLinux Unity x64 is now compatible with EFI and Secure boot computers, However, that does not mean it will work on 100% of systems. Majority of testers reported no problems with EFI, If you are one of the very unlucky few, you can still disable EFI and install this edition, it is both EFI and non EFI compatible. If you are having EFI problems, try turning secure boot off. it is however HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you leave secure boot turned off !
EFI is not supported in virtual Machines !