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This is eXtern OS, a GNU / Linux distribution with a JavaScript-based interface

26 mayo, 2021

eXtern OS is a new GNU / Linux distribution, created by an electronics engineering student based in Australia and just released in beta. In an ecosystem like Linux, where each developer can create their own variation of the operating system, the launch of new distributions is not in itself news. So what makes eXtern OS special?

According to its website, “it is an operating system that offers a unique interface and user experience compared to traditional systems. In addition, it works with JavaScript […] which makes the application development possibilities endless. ” Wait, what does “works with JavaScript” mean?

An operating system with a JavaScript-based front-end

JavaScript has traditionally been a programming language confined to the web and focused on the client side, which means that it only ran in the Internet user’s browser. Then NodeJS came along, and JavaScript started serving to run on the server side as well.

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And later came NW.js, based on the previous one (and compatible with their third-party modules), and designed to apply all the power of web technologies to the development of desktop applications. And it is precisely this technology on which both the new interface (‘Fluent Design’ style) and the eXtern OS applications are based.

So when he talks about its “infinite development possibilities”, what he is talking about is making it easier for programmers to use technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, WebGL, etc to create new applications for our desktop systems.

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eXtern OS includes its own default applications for web browsing and multimedia playback, as well as a file browser. The following are the minimum requirements to use eXternOS:

  • Intel Celeron 64-bit 1.2 GHz or higher.
  • 4 GB of RAM.
  • VGA with screen resolution 1366 × 768.
  • Internet connection (its creator explains that this requirement will not exist in the next versions).

If you want to take a look at it (remember that it is in the initial phase), you can download the ISO of its beta 2 from the official website, and run it from a DVD or bootable USB. Users who have tried it (by the way, many in virtual machines, despite the fact that the official website advises against it) praise its ease of use and low resource consumption.

And if, in addition, you are interested in the distribution approach and want track him closely, You may be interested to know that it already has its own Telegram channel in Spanish.

Via | TecMint