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DistroWatch.com: ROSA

ROSA

Last Update: 2017-04-20 03:38 UTC


ROSA is a Russian company developing a variety of Linux-based solutions. Its flagship product, ROSA Desktop, is a Linux distribution featuring a highly customised KDE desktop and a number of modifications designed to enhance the user-friendliness of the working environment. The company also develops an "Enterprise Server" edition of ROSA which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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Average visitor rating: 8.14/10 from 14 review(s).


ROSA Summary
Distribution ROSA
Home Page http://www.rosalab.com/
Mailing Lists http://lists.rosalab.ru/
User Forums http://forum.rosalab.ru/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.rosalab.ru/
Screenshots http://www.rosalinux.com/products/desktopLinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors http://wiki.rosalab.ru/en/index.php/ROSA_ReleaseLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://support.rosalab.ru/
Related Websites ROSA TypeROSA GermanyROSA RomaniaROSA Spain
Reviews R8: DarkDuck
R7: DarkDuckDedoimedo
R5: Ordinatechnic
R4: Blogspot
2012: LinuxBSDosThe Linux RainLinuxBSDosBlogspotDistroWatchWordpress (Russian) • BlogspotLinuxBSDosDedoimedoLinuxBSDosDarkDuckO'Reilly Community
2011: Computerra (Russian)
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-04-20: Distribution Release: ROSA R9
 • 2017-03-07: Distribution Release: ROSA R8.1
 • 2016-08-02: Distribution Release: ROSA R8
 • 2016-02-27: Distribution Release: ROSA R7 "Desktop Fresh GNOME"
 • 2016-01-26: Distribution Release: ROSA R7 "Desktop Fresh"
 • 2015-12-12: Distribution Release: ROSA R6 "Desktop Fresh LXQt"
 • 2015-07-25: Distribution Release: ROSA R6 "Desktop Fresh"
 • 2014-12-25: Distribution Release: ROSA R5 "Desktop Fresh"
 • 2014-10-09: Distribution Release: ROSA R4 "Desktop Fresh"
 • 2014-02-01: Distribution Release: ROSA 2012 R2 "Desktop Fresh GNOME"
 • 2013-12-30: Distribution Release: ROSA 2012 R2 "Desktop Fresh LXDE"
 • 2013-12-06: Distribution Release: ROSA 2012 R2 "Desktop Fresh"
 • More ROSA releases...

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Feature R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 2012-R1 2011 Feature
Release Date 2017-04-19 2016-08-02 2016-01-25 2015-07-25 2014-12-25 2014-10-08 2013-06-06 2011-12-21 Release Date
End Of Life                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 CDs
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop KDE, KDE Plasma GNOME, KDE, KDE Plasma, MATE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM Package Management
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support                 Asian Language Support
Full Package List r9 r8 r7 r6 r5 r4 2012-r1 2011 Full Package List
Package R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 2012-R1 2011 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.2 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.26 1.0.24.1 alsa-lib (1.1.3)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.1)
chromium (58.0.3029.81) 57.0.2987.110 51.0.2704.84 47.0.2526.106 43.0.2357.134 -- -- -- -- chromium (58.0.3029.81)
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.7.3 1.5.4 1.4.8 cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.2.1-P1 4.2.1-P1 dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.41.14 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (53.0) 52.0.2 46.0.1 43.0.4 39.0 34.0 32.0.2 21.0 8.0 firefox (53.0)
freetype (2.7.1) 2.7.1 2.5.5 2.5.5 2.5.4 2.5.4 2.5.3 2.4.12 2.4.5 freetype (2.7.1)
gcc (6.3.0) 5.3.1 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.7.3 4.6.1 gcc (6.3.0)
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.18 2.8.16 2.8.16 2.8.14 -- -- -- 2.6.11 gimp (2.8.20)
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.19 2.19 2.19 2.19 2.19 2.15 2.13 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.1) -- 3.16.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.1)
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.02) 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 0.97 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.12) 3.22.9 3.16.7 3.16.7 3.12.2 3.12.2 3.12.2 3.6.2 2.24.5 gtk+ (3.22.12)
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.48.1 inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.0) 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 k3b (17.04.0)
kmod (24) 20 20 20 20 15 15 9 -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.2) 5.2.6 5.1.4 4.4.7 4.4.3 4.3.3 4.3.1 3.6.6 3.4.3 libreoffice (5.3.2)
linux (4.10.13) 4.9.20 4.1.25 4.1.15 3.14.44 3.14.25 3.14.15 3.8.12 2.6.39.4 linux (4.10.13)
Package R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 2012-R1 2011 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.1.22) 10.1.21 10.0.22 10.0.22 10.0.15 10.0.11 10.0.11 -- -- mariadb (10.1.22)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- 1.12.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.0.5) 17.0.3 11.2.2 11.0.6 10.5.3 10.3.3 10.2.7 9.0.1 7.10.3 mesa (17.0.5)
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.5.30 5.5.15 mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) -- 3.16.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (378.13)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u131) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.3p1 7.2p2 7.1p2 6.6p1 6.6p1 6.6p1 6.0p1 5.8p2 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2k 1.0.1t 1.0.1p 1.0.1p 1.0.1j 1.0.1i 1.0.1c 1.0.0d openssl (1.1.0e)
perl (5.24.1) 5.20.3 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.12.3 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.4)
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) 5.9.4 5.7.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.5)
postfix (3.2.0) 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.9.4 -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.2)
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.12 2.7.12 2.7.11 2.7.9 2.7.8 2.7.8 2.7.4 2.7.2 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.8.0 5.6.1 5.5.1 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.4 4.7.4 qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.3) 4.3.11 4.3.11 4.3.3 4.1.17 4.1.9 4.1.9 3.6.9 3.5.10 samba (4.6.3)
systemd (233) 230 219 219 208 208 208 194 29 systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.0.1) -- 38.6.0 38.3.0 38.0.1 31.0 31.0 17.0.5 8.0 thunderbird (52.0.1)
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.17.4 1.15.2 1.15.1 1.15.1 1.13.3 1.10.3 xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Average rating
8.1
from 14 review(s)



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Version: R9
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-27
Votes: 4


Stable, just great looking KDE4 or Plasma versions. Good choice off preinstalled apps, repositories well maintained although servers somewhat slow. Community is predominantly Russian but this does not bother me, there is English speaking part of their forum and people are willing to help. Frankly, there is no need for help, everything just works. The best, and one of few remaining KDE4 distributions. Plasma version great, too. R9 will be supported till 2020.


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Version: R9
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-04-26
Votes: 1


Was on R8 plasma for a year now its been great. Just upgraded to R9 plasma and love the improvements. This is a great distro for someone who prefers the look and feel of Windows 7. I really wish it had a bigger English speaking community but I honestly haven't needed it yet.


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Version: R9
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-04-21
Votes: 1


Really like the stability of the system. The looks are always solid and awesome. Here are some areas where ROSA Linux can be improved:
1. Find the servers are slow, so is the upgrade process as a result.
2. The kernel is bit old. While I understand it is so from the stability point of view, but it is too old to handle new machines. For the same reason, I do not suggest ROSA Linux to my friends purchasing new machines.
3. Some third party packages I tried last time like Mathematica, Matlab and Crossover Linux find it difficult to integrate with the Desktop Environment.


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