Review: SnowLinux 3

If you think Ubuntu 12.10 is buggy and painful to use, then you must try out the new Snowlinux 3 “White”. It is based on Ubuntu 12.10 and it simplifies a lot of stuff which Ubuntu complicates! Desktops available along with this edition are: Mate 1.4, Cinnamon 1.6 and Gnome fallback 3.6. Linux kernel is 3.5.

I used two systems for the test here:

1. Asus K55V, Core i7 (3rd gen) 2.3 Ghz, 8 GB RAM, Nvidia 630M 2GB graphics
2. Asus K54C, Core i3 2.4 Ghz, 2GB RAM

Desktop looks as usual clean and professional. Aesthetics are really good and the distro looks polished. File Manager, Nemo 1.0.9, a fork of Nautilus, looks really good with dark and light color combinations. Functionalities provided are the same as Nautilus.

From Snowlinux 3 Mate Cinnamon

Touchpad was not recognized by default but a little bit  of tinkering with the mouse and touchpad settings made it work perfectly. Otherwise, it has all the good points that characterize an Ubuntu distro like sound, resolution, drivers were picked up perfectly.

From Snowlinux 3 Mate Cinnamon

Both Mate and Cinnamon worked real smooth on both the systems in live boot. I installed them to my Asus K54C which happens to be the laptop where I test the different distro releases.


I use Linux Mint for my regular needs. Honestly, it is difficult to distinguish between Linux Mint and Snowlinux for Mate and Cinnamon versions. Menu looks identical, color choice is similar. Somehow I am not very comfortable with the idea of two distros looking similar to each other!

Applications are judiciously put in both the versions – there is no shortage but overabundance has been cautiously avoided.

  • Graphics: Eye of Mate image viewer, Shotwell for photo management, LibreOffice Draw and Simple scan
  • Internet: Firefox 14, Thunderbird 14, Empathy for chat and Transmission to download torrents
  • Office: LibreOffice 3.6 suite, Document viewer to view pdf, cbr files, Dictionary
  • Multimedia: Gnome MPlayer, Rhythmbox for music, Brasero to copy and write CD/DVDs.

Pluma is the default text editor. Audio/video codecs and Adobe flashplugin are not present by default. But, these are downloaded during installation.


Applications can be downloaded via Ubuntu Software Center and it has the richest collection of software in the Linux world! I downloaded, without any problem, a lot of applications from the repo.

From Snowlinux 3 Mate Cinnamon

CPU and RAM Usage

Before going on to the topic, amazingly the 32-bit version was able to recognize the 8 GB available RAM along with the 8 cores of the Core i7 processor! Why do I need a 64-bit edition in that case for Snowlinux?

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