AV Linux - A Quick Review (With Screenshots)

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AV Linux is perhaps the most complete multimedia distribution on the market. It comes with everything you could possibly need to edit multimedia, and even includes programming utilities, graphic utilities, and office software.

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As you can see the LXDE desktop is very attractive and inviting. I found the taskbar to be a bit cluttered for my tastes but that's understandable once you have a look at all the programs AV Linux has to offer.

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AV Linux uses Shutter for its screen capture software. I found Shutter to be very lacking in functionality in comparison to the built in tools KDE and Gnome have to offer. As you can see in the screenshot above, the only way to get a menu screenshot is to get the ending menu by itself. At other times (which you will see later on) it captured both menus. Above is a screenshot of the Accessories menu.

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The audio menu is jammed full of applications. Avidemux and Linux Multimedia Studio is included, as well as a lot of other very useful software.

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I was surprised that AV Linux didn't come with more graphic editing software, yet GIMP and Inkscape alone are sufficient in this category. Included is scanning software and font creation software.

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It's nice to see that some web design software is included out of the box such as Filezilla and Kompozer. Also included are Iceweasel (Firefox rebranded), Transmission, and XChat IRC.

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On Jack plugins AV Linux goes up and beyond.

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It's surprising to see LibreOffice installed on a multimedia Linux distribution, but it's a pleasant surprise. It means one less download for multimedia editing fans.

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The programming menu includes some useful programming tools such as Kompozer and a deb builder.

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This is where the inconsistency of Shutter started coming in. As you can see in this screenshot it captured both menus and not just the ending menu. AV Linux comes with a handful of soundcard utilities, useful for editing your soundcard.

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AV Linux also comes with some useful system tools. It's nice to see that Unetbootin is included by default. I haven't seen a distribution go that far yet.

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AV Linux also comes with the VST plugin Festige.

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AV Linux comes with a full set of video editing software. Avidemux, Blender, DeVeDe, Cinelarra, it's all there.

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Wow, what a preferences menu! In AV Linux you get a preferences application for just about everything. From Compiz to Openbox to Gparted, everything is there. You even get Synaptic for package management.

Conclusion

Whether you're wanting to edit audio, edit a website, edit video, or even program AV Linux has it all. It's very stable to boot also, even though I ran it as a Live USB. Thanks to OpenBox it's fast, too. If I knew someone that needed a multimedia Linux distribution this would be the one I recommend for sure.

 

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