Cub Linux - Chromium + Ubuntu - 1.0 RC1 Screenshot tour

Cub Linux, (formerly Chromixium) is an Ubuntu LTS based GNU/Linux distribution that offers google's Chrome OS like functionality. Towards this goal, Cub Linux has developed a Chrome OS like launcher by integrating several web applications. The Cub Linux's desktop is built over OpenBox, which helps it be fast and lightweight.



This post is a tour through different screens of Cub Linux 1.0 RC1, a development release of Cub Linux. These screenshots are taken inside VirtualBox. In a real environment, it may differ slightly.
Cub Linux boot screen
Well, I have already mentioned that I'm running Cub Linux inside virtualbox. So it seems that, it is using a fallback boot screen. Which is just text and some circle filling. This used to happen in earlier versions of Ubuntu. Cub Linux, being based on Ubuntu 14.04.x, there is no reason to expect something different.

Cub Linux Installer
Just after booting to Live CD, Cub Linux offers two options. Either to use Live CD or continue with installation process. Cub Linux installer is exactly same as Ubuntu installer. The only difference is it's appearance. It has a white and blue theme similar to Chromium OS.

Choosing Keyboard layout
In second phase, Cub installer asks to choose keyboard layout.

Displays prerequisites
In next window, installer displays some recommendations along with options to download additional third party packages.

Installation target
Then it is about selecting installation target. For time being I selected 'Erase disk and install Cub' in this phase.

Confirming options
Cub installer confirms selected partition options and warns about partition that will be formatted.

User locations
In next phase, installer asks for user's location.


Cub Installer collects personal information
Then asks for basic information like user's real name, computer name, user name and password.

Cub Linux installation in progress
Then installation starts. Though Cub Linux is using Ubuntu installer, It has created it's slide show to display during installation process.

Installation Finished
Once installation is completed, Cub Linux asks to restart computer.

Login screen
When booting process is over, login screen is shown. Cub Linux is using lightdm as display manager. In desktop environment options, it just shows OpenBox, which indicates Cub desktop is built over OpenBox window manager.

Cub Linux Desktop - Initial impression
Completely loaded Cub Linux desktop is almost a blank screen with some icons at the bottom of screen. There is no icons on desktop. Bottom panel shows icons of system launcher, chromium, gmail app, google drive app, youtube app and file manager. And on right side, there are usual system icons such as battery, sound network..etc

Chromium Like App Launcher
Cub Linux launcher just contains icons of google applications like chromium, web store, google docs, gmail, youtube .etc..

Integrated google search
Cub Linux launcher is integrated with google search. When we search something on launcher, it shows suggestions from google. Ubuntu's unity launcher had invited a lot of criticism for implementing a feature like this. But I don't think people will care much about this in Cub Linux, since they're looking for something like google.


Nautilus File Manager in Cub Linux
Cub Linux is using nautilus as default file manager. It using nautilus 3.10, which is pretty old in these days. However, being based on Ubuntu 14.04.x this can be justified.

Chromium web browser
There is no need to mention that Cub Linux is using Chromium - open source version of Chrome - as default web browser. Cub Linux 1.0 RC1 comes with chromium version 48.x

Youtube application
Cub Linux has youtube application. Which is just a html5 application integrated on desktop.

OpenBox context menu in Cub Linux
Though default system launcher is not providing much applications, we can explore all installed application using context menu, the menu obtained on right clicking on desktop.

Option to install restricted extras
In multimedia section, Cub Linux provides option to install Ubuntu restricted extras packages. However, we cant see any video player applications listed in this section.

Cub Linux Software Center
Cub Linux comes with Software Center. Initially I was not able to install any applications using this software center. Later, I realized that it because of non-updated repositories. But there is no option to refresh repository list in Software Center. So I had to do that using command line. After that, installation process was almost straight forward.


GNOME Terminal in Cub Linux
Cub Linux uses GNOME Terminal 3.6.2, which is pretty old. This is lagging even behind nautilus which is at version 3.10.

html5 video player
Though there is no video application listed in Multimedia category of context menu, video files are opened using an integrated web video player.

Pogo audio player
Cub Linux uses pogo as audio playback application. It is a lightweight audio player with a simple user interface.

Shutdown confirmation
In Cub Linux Leave button is provided at bottom right corner of screen. On clicking this icon, it asks for action to perform. We may choose, power off, reboot, or logout in this screen.

Final Impression

Cub Linux is still in development phase. So it will not be fair if we compare it with other matured GNU/Linux distributions. Cub Linux is able to give smooth performance and is providing direct link to a lot of web application as they claims. Also, it has a integrated search option in system launcher.

As a downside, Cub Software Center neither has option to update software repositories nor it is doing that task automatically. Another thing, some of the software packages like nautilus, and gnome terminal are pretty old comparing with today's standards.

It would be better, If Cub Linux switch their base to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS before releasing Cub Linux 1.0

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