It has been carefully designed to help you get productive instantly instead of spending a lot of hours configuring your system. AriOS word could be translated into “The Operating System from the Ancient Persia”.
Here are some key features of "AriOS":
· Multimedia-ready (codecs, flash, ...)
· Persian Keyboard layout enabled by default (US English is the default language)
· Tons of extra applications
· Built-in remaster capability
· Extra themes, icons and wallpapers
Updates (via Distrowatch):
Mahdi Fattahi has announced the availability of a beta release of AriOSI am happy to announce that AriOS 3.0 beta is now available for download and testing. AriOS 3.0 beta is based on Ubuntu 11.04 'Natty Narwhal' and comes with a carefully designed and customized GNOME 2 session that uses the elegant Avant window navigator as the main panel (without Unity). Finding files and launching applications is handled by Synapse, the smart semantic launcher for GNU/Linux systems. A detailed and complete release announcement is in the making for the final release. These are a few of the programs you can find in AriOS (all at their latest versions as of May 27, 2011): Firefox, VLC, Nautilus Elementary, LibreOffice, GIMP, Oracle VirtualBox, Pidgin, Banshee...."
Read the rest of the release announcement for additional details.
Download: arios-3.0-beta-IRN.iso (1,237MB, MD5). 3.0, an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring a customised GNOME 2 desktop with the Avant window navigator: "
• 2011-05-28: Development Release: AriOS 3.0 Beta
The desktop looks relatively sparse at first glance. The background is a soothing blue AriOS-branded wallpaper. On the top-left is a dock-like half-panel. From the top, it has a menu denoted by the AriOS logo, an icon to show the desktop, an icon showing shortcuts to frequently-used folders and drives, and an icon-only task manager with some pinned applications like Mozilla Firefox and the terminal thanks to DockBarX. On the top-right is a small, clean system tray. As it turns out, both the dock and the system tray are powered by Avant Window Navigator.
Maximized windows cannot overlap with the left dock, but because the titlebars of open windows have the control buttons on the left, the right sides of the titlebars are free, meaning the system tray sits nicely on top of the maximized window titlebar. This makes the dock seem a bit like the Unity dock and the system tray like the Elementary Wingpanel; the two together work really well. (Disclosure: I have not tried Unity yet.) One annoying thing about maximized windows is that there's a little sliver of space not used between the left edge of the window and the right edge of the left-side dock. That aside, the GTK+ and Metacity themes are Ambiance with blue buttons replacing orange buttons made for AriOS, while the blue icon theme seems custom-made for AriOS. Overall, the desktop looks extremely elegant.
Mozilla Firefox 3.6 is the default browser, and it seems to come with most proprietary codecs included out-of-the-box. Interestingly, Chromium is offered as well. OpenOffice.org 3.2 is included, but along with it, Google Docs and Google Calendar are available thanks to Mozilla Prism. This means that users can also create their own web application containments.
There are a whole host of other applications available in the live session, including but not limited to Ailurus, Ubuntu Tweak, Shutter, VirtualBox, Remastersys, Furius ISO Mount, Blender, GIMP, gThumb, Inkscape, Pinta, Pidgin, Empathy, Geany, Cheese Webcam Booth, Clementine, DeaDBeeF, Minitube, UnetBootin, Y PPA Manager, and WINE. Whew! I'm really not sure why there's a lot of redundancy in applications, evident even in this relatively small list I have given here.
Ubuntu Software Center is the default package manager, though of course Synaptic Package Manager is available as well. It worked well installing different packages. That said, the fact that "Ubuntu" is still part of the name gives away the fact that AriOS is an Ubuntu derivative. With the next release, I hope the developers brand it as either "AriOS Software Center" or just "Software Center" (or something along those lines).