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Super OS
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Super OS running
Company / developer hacktolive
OS family Unix-like
Working state current
Source model Open source
Initial release July 17, 2008
Latest stable release 11.10[1][2] / September 14, 2012 (2012-09-14)
Available language(s) multilingual (more than 55)
Update method APT
Package manager dpkg (Debian Packager)
Supported platforms i386 (x86), AMD64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interface GNOME, Unity
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website

Super OS (formerly: Super Ubuntu[3]) is a free Linux distribution. It is a modified version of Ubuntu made with reconstructor.[4] Its main goal is to provide an ‘Out of the Box’ experience,[5] containing various enhancements over Ubuntu. It has the goal of remaining compatible with Ubuntu.[6]


  • Includes an easy way to run executable files and scripts.
  • Multimedia support: It is prepackaged with support for MP3 files and video-DVDs.
  • Internet codecs: It includes an additional web browser (Opera), Adobe Flash Player, and more communication software (aMSN and Skype).
  • Additional software: It also includes, Wine, the GUI for Uncomplicated Firewall, and other software installed by default.

Tools and software

App Runner

App Runner[7] is a script included in Super OS that allows any kind of executable or script to be launched without having to use the command line. App Runner was also subject of an article by Lifehacker, saying "App Runner would come in handy" and "there's plenty of scripts and closed-source apps that this would be useful for".[8]

Live USB

There is also a Windows tool called cd2usb[9] to create Ubuntu and Super OS Live USBs. The program is already included in the DVD of Super OS.[3]

RUNZ Framework

The RUNZ Framework [10] is a tool that allows the use of portable apps and something called SuperDebs (an installer with a .deb file + its dependencies that can be installed offline[11]) in Super OS. It is already included in Super OS 9.04 SP 0.1+[12]

Software repository

In addition to the official Ubuntu repositories, Super OS also includes its own repositories,[13] which include third-party software like Adobe Reader, Skype, Real Player, TrueCrypt, PeaZip, Google Chrome or Ubuntu calendar, but also include tools/software developed by hacktolive, like App Runner and RUNZ.[14]

Reception and adoption

Super OS has been received mainly with positive reviews, with softpedia saying "it is a distribution with super powers […] [due to] the inclusion of applications, tools and technologies that are missing from a standard Ubuntu".[15] Super OS (still with the name Super Ubuntu at the time), was also Lifehacker's featured download saying "It's basically just a re-compiled version of the official Ubuntu distribution, but with a whole bunch of features included that save you the time of grabbing them yourself".[16]Super OS is also the OS that the Helios project[17] (a non-profit organization to give away computers to children without the money to buy them) pre-loads on most of the computers they give away.[18][19][20] As of July 2013, Super OS is in the top 100 of the page hit ranking of DistroWatch,.[21]

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