AriOS GNU/Linux


AriOS 4 Final is Out!

I’m happy to announce AriOS 4.0 Final has been released. Built upon the solid base of ubuntu 12.04 LTS, AriOS comes with GNOME Shell as the default desktop, carefully modified and enhanced using a number of extensions to offer a better and more familiar user experience.

AriOS is not just yet another ubuntu remaster. It comes with a slew of features, some of them unique to itself:

  • A beautiful, productivity-oriented desktop session using Avant Window Navigator + Compiz/Metacity.
  • A script to auto-detect Nvidia Optimus chips and install Bumblebee software
  • GUI to turn on/off auto-mounting of partitions at boot
  • A handpicked selection of multimedia, graphics and office software


Default desktop:


AriOS Session (with AWN)


And Unity session:


AriOS uses ubuntu repositories as well as a number of trusted, well-known PPAs. So it is 100 percent compatible with ubuntu and could be easily upgraded to later versions. It includes latest updates from ubuntu repositories until October 5, 2012

You’ll find everything you need in AriOS 4.0. Web browsers, image editors and organizers, a powerful office suite, multimedia players and graphics editors. Please note that Adobe’s Flash player has been removed from AriOS as it’s non-free software. We want to stick to free software principles so we do our best not to include non-free software by default. Users can easily install Flash player, either by clicking the “Flash Plugin Installer” on the desktop or by running: sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree in a terminal.

Important package versions:

  • Linux kernel 3.2.0-23
  • GNOME Shell 3.4.1
  • Firefox 15.0.1
  • Thunderbird 15.0.1
  • Libreoffice
  • VLC 2.0.3
  • GIMP 2.8.2
  • Chromium 20.0.1132.47
  • Choqok 1.3
  • Virtualbox 4.1.12

and much more!

Download 32-bit version

Download 64-bit version

42 comments for “AriOS 4 Final is Out!

  1. Ankit
    October 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    was waiting

    A bit disappointing because G3 & unity are included
    would have loved to have a light DE replacing one of those(LXDE)
    So It can be used with less powerful pcs

  2. Carlos Felipe
    October 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    A bit disappointing because G3 & unity are included [2]

    you killed your own distro, bro.

    • October 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      The problem is that AWN is no longer being developed. So we have to go for other options.

      • October 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        “…AWN is no longer being developed,” but you list a unique feature of this distro as “A beautiful, productivity-oriented desktop session using Avant Window Navigator + Compiz/Metacity.”

        You can’t be too serious.

        And why should I run this distro with Unity, when Ubuntu is available? If you want to go the route of Linux Deepin and Pear Linux, please do so.

        • Antman
          October 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm

          Then use something else. I like Unity and I am glad that it is included in this distro.

        • October 7, 2012 at 12:33 am

          AWN isn’t dead yet, but as I said it’s not being developed. So although we use it in AriOS we can’t count on it for the long run. That’s why we HAD TO switch to another desktop layout. I was happy with our AWN session, as were AriOS users. And that’s why we will offer this session as long as AWN still works well in ubuntu.

          You don’t have to run Unity. AriOS comes with 4 desktops. Choose the one you like and remove the others.

          • Horrace Foster
            October 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

            I like your decision and it is well thought out, I used to not like ubuntu but after using distros like yours, it makes you rethink the original like ubuntu.Now I appreciate the uniqness of both.

  3. Ray
    October 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Just a suggestion, while I like AriOS, perhaps a better option would be replacing unity with cinnamon (totally different types I know, but like the above user said, why use unity at all), and replace AWN with Docky? Just a suggestion…..

    • October 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Unity is not our default desktop, so you don’t have to use it. However we’ll remove it if we’re convinced our users don’t like it at all.

      We are considering both Docky and Cinnamon for the next release.

      • Ray
        October 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

        Sweet! Definately something to look forward to :)

  4. October 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Especially considering the tiny number of posts, you need to kick the spammers out of your forum if you wish to be taken seriously.

    • October 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

      You’re right. I’m going to launch a new forum.

  5. montee
    October 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    why no 64 bit version?

    • October 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      If a few people ask for it I’ll release a 64-bit version too.

      • PiranhaBurger
        October 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        I am hoping for a 64bit release – especially given that the vast majority of cpu’s from the last 5 or so years are 64bit and arios is (seemingly) aimed at desktops.

  6. Horrace Foster
    October 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I would like to use it on my main pc, I love 32bit on my netbook,so I would like the 64bit.

    • October 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      I’ll release the 64-bit version in a couple of days then. Hope you guys will like it.

  7. ev
    October 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I look forward to trying the 64-bit version. Thank you.

  8. Eddie Wilson
    October 7, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Looks like a very promising project. Don’t be put off by the Unity, Gnome3, haters. As you have said several desktop are included and you can remove what you don’t like. Even tho AWN is not under development anymore it still works well and other docks still have some catching up to do. Including Cinnamon in the future would be a good option as long as you also keep the other options as well. Cinnamon still lacks some polish but is making headway. You could even offer a low resource desktop environment in the future. Attention to the small details is what makes a distro shine and I do believe that shows in your project. The choices you give your users and your wiliness to listen to the suggestions of the users is what can make a distro great. You are well on your way to having one of the top distros that will be around for quite a few years. I’m looking forward to the 64 bit version as all my machines are 64 bit. If you need any help testing a 64 bit version I would be glad to help. Thank you for your development and hard work.

    • October 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Comments like this are the only reason I tried very hard to keep this project alive during the past three years. I’m happy that users appreciate our attention to details.
      My dream scenario would be setting up a small team to resurrect AWN and write new applets and add gtk3 support to it.
      That way we’ll be able to offer a truly unique user experience.

  9. October 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

    please add 64 bit version. Thank you.

  10. baldrick
    October 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

    This looked so good, so I thought I’d give it a try. Unfortunately, when I made a bootable liveUSB using Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator I rebooted to the USB stick and it come up with error regarding a missing keyword or something. I also tried UNetbootin, which allowed me to try but when I went to install, it hung at 99% ‘almost finished copying files’ and went no further.

    Also, is there a light version for older PC’s?


    • October 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Just wait for the installer to finish. It my look as if it has hung but it hasn’t.

  11. lkj
    October 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    This looks very nice but I can’t seem to install it as a guest in VirtualBox 4.2.1. It seems to hang on the desktop screen.

    • October 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      That’s weird because I tested this inside Virtualbox 4.1.18 and it works fine. Can you use the system in live mode? Does the problem only occur when you try to install AriOS?

  12. plrndl
    October 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Another vote for the 64-bit version.

    Regarding the future, I currently use Ubu 12.04 with Cinnamon (with the panel at the top of the screen, like recent Ubu versions of Gnome 2) and Docky. This works very well for me, almost as good as Gnome 2. The fact that it loooks like OSX is coincidence, not intentional.

  13. October 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I loved the AriOS 3 very much and used it quite a time. I’d have loved to install the 4.0 final, too …. but I can’t get any further than a grey screen. hopefully there’ll be a solution to the booting problems in the 64-bit release if there’s one, at least I’d vote for one. All the screenshots and reviews look so promising that I could switch completely to the best Gnome shell distribution … if I only could boot it.
    Keep up the excellent work!

    • October 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      I’m sorry for this problem. As soon as you see the gray screen, click HOST(usually right Ctrl)+F1 to go to a virtual console and then type sudo killall Xorg

  14. Gene
    October 9, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I also have run into the “gray screen’ problem. Right Ctrl + F1 does nothing on my laptop. It appears to be pinning the cpu usage at 100% if the fan speed and heat are any indication. I checked the md5sum and burned the DVD twice and tried it on two comps. No luck.

    • October 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Right ctrl+F1 is for people running AriOS inside a virtual machine. You must use Alt+Ctrl+F1

      • Gene
        October 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        Alt+Ctrl+F1 worked fine to get me running live. I shall now test drive it on a hard drive. Thanks. I hope this bug doesn’t stop more people from trying your OS.

  15. October 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    The 64-bit version is now available for download:

  16. GougeMan
    October 10, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Mahdi – this is a great looking Linux distro. Having the drivers offline is a brilliant idea. More distros need to follow suite with not having to be connected all the time. Enjoying your work over here in the U.S.A. Great job friend!

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  18. November 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I’m using Windows 7 and It’s the best!

    • December 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      No. It’s not Best.

  19. December 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    سلام دوست عزیز.
    ببخشید تو این نسخه شما هم مشکل کم بودن سرعت اینترنت وجود داره؟
    اگر وجود داره، نمیدونید چطور باید رفعش کرد؟
    خسته شدم بس که تو ابونتو سرعتم کمه

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