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What is Makulu 6 - Imperium Edition?
The first release in our new 6 series dubbed "Imperium" ( Latin for "power to command" ), also our first Dual Mode Solo Mate Build. This release allows users to customize their settings and software upon installation, Now users can setup their desktop the way they want it with the software they want while still experiencing an "out of the box" Experience, those that don't want an out of the "box experience" will now have an option to turn the system into a "bare-bone" system with a few clicks. MakuluLinux Mate brings users the best of both worlds.The text above was taken directly off the Makulu website.
In essence you get to choose between either having lots of applications or the bare minimum, flashy effects or no effects. It is your call. I will get on to how that works later on in the article.
Makulu 6 uses the MATE desktop environment and the minimum requirements are as follows:
- A 32-bit PAE-enabled x86 processor
- 512 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
- 8.5 GB of disk space ( Recommended )
- Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
- CD/DVD drive or USB port
How to get Makulu
The first thing I noticed on this really inept piece of junk laptop that I am using is how good Makulu looks on it.
The desktop wallpapers are as good as the ones that came with Fuduntu. The whole experience feels pretty slick.
By default there is a wallpaper changer switched on (which can be switched off during setup) and believe me this is a good thing. There is also a random quote that appears in the bottom right corner. All in all very quaint.
The desktop itself includes a MATE panel at the bottom and an animated docking bar (Docky) at the top (which you can choose to switch off during the setup).
There is the standard MATE menu that appears by clicking the icon in the bottom left and a slingscold dash style menu appears if you click the link in the bottom right.
There are a number of quick launch icons on the panel in the bottom left and status and settings icons in the bottom right.
The quick launch icons on the panel enable you to hide all windows and show the desktop, run the system updater, open a terminal window, open the Chromium web browser and browse your files using the Caja file manager.
Icons also appear in the top left corner with links to your home folder and the trash folder.
The animated docking bar has icons for what are considered to be useful applications such as Thunderbird Mail, Caja File Manager, the Leafpad editor, a terminal window and the Kingsoft office suite. There are also icons for switching desktops.
For those of you who have trouble keeping time you can feel safe in the comfort that Makulu has a clock in the system tray and as a widget on the main desktop screen.
The menu in the bottom left is the standard MATE menu. The left side of the menu has a list of places such as your home folder, networks, desktop and trash. There are also system tools such as the software manager, package manager and control centre.
The middle section has a list of categories and clicking on a category brings the list of applications for that category in the right panel.
The menu also includes a search facility.
You can switch the menu view so that instead of showing a list of categories and applications it shows a list of your favourite applications. The link for switching between favourites and all applications is in the top right of the menu.
The slingscold menu can be pulled up by pressing the icon in the bottom right corner. The view is more like the dash within Unity or Gnome. Search for applications by entering the name in the search box or by navigating through the pages.