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ROSA

Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC


ROSA is a Russian company developing a variety of Linux-based solutions. Its flagship product, ROSA Desktop, is a Linux distribution featuring a highly customised KDE desktop and a number of modifications designed to enhance the user-friendliness of the working environment. The company also develops an "Enterprise Server" edition of ROSA which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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Average visitor rating: 9.01/10 from 89 review(s).


ROSA Summary
Distribution ROSA
Home Page https://www.rosalinux.ru/
Mailing Lists http://lists.rosalab.ru/
User Forums http://forum.rosalab.ru/
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Documentation http://wiki.rosalab.ru/
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Download Mirrors http://wiki.rosalab.ru/en/index.php/ROSA_Release
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-03-16: Distribution Release: ROSA R11
 • 2017-12-06: Distribution Release: ROSA R10
 • 2017-06-08: Distribution Release: ROSA R9 "LXQt"
 • 2017-04-20: Distribution Release: ROSA R9
 • 2017-03-07: Distribution Release: ROSA R8.1
 • 2016-08-02: Distribution Release: ROSA R8
 • 2016-02-27: Distribution Release: ROSA R7 "Desktop Fresh GNOME"
 • 2016-01-26: Distribution Release: ROSA R7 "Desktop Fresh"
 • 2015-12-12: Distribution Release: ROSA R6 "Desktop Fresh LXQt"
 • 2015-07-25: Distribution Release: ROSA R6 "Desktop Fresh"
 • 2014-12-25: Distribution Release: ROSA R5 "Desktop Fresh"
 • 2014-10-09: Distribution Release: ROSA R4 "Desktop Fresh"
 • More ROSA releases...

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Feature R11 R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 2012-R1 2011 Feature
Release Date 2019-03-15 2017-12-06 2017-04-19 2016-08-02 2016-01-25 2015-07-25 2014-12-25 2014-10-08 2013-06-06 2011-12-21 Release Date
End Of Life                     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 1500-2300 2000-2100 2000-2100 1400-2000             Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop KDE, KDE Plasma, LXQt, Xfce KDE, KDE Plasma KDE, KDE Plasma GNOME, KDE, KDE Plasma, MATE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd Upstart Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support                     Asian Language Support
Full Package List r11 r10 r9 r8 r7 r6 r5 r4 2012-r1 2011 Full Package List
Package R11 R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 2012-R1 2011 Package
abiword (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.4)
alsa-lib (1.2.4) 1.1.5 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.26 1.0.24.1 alsa-lib (1.2.4)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 bash (5.0)
bind (9.17.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.17.5)
chromium (86.0.4240.111) 72.0.3626.121 62.0.3202.94 57.0.2987.110 51.0.2704.84 47.0.2526.106 43.0.2357.134 -- -- -- -- chromium (86.0.4240.111)
cups (2.3.3) 2.2.1 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.7.3 1.5.4 1.4.8 cups (2.3.3)
dhcp (4.4.2) 4.4.1 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.2 4.3.0 4.3.0 4.2.1-P1 4.2.1-P1 dhcp (4.4.2)
e2fsprogs (1.45.6) 1.43.3 1.43.3 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.41.14 e2fsprogs (1.45.6)
firefox (82.0) 60.5.2 56.0.2 52.0.2 46.0.1 43.0.4 39.0 34.0 32.0.2 21.0 8.0 firefox (82.0)
freetype (2.10.4) 2.9.1 2.7.1 2.7.1 2.5.5 2.5.5 2.5.4 2.5.4 2.5.3 2.4.12 2.4.5 freetype (2.10.4)
gcc (10.2.0) 5.5.0 5.4.1 5.3.1 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.7.3 4.6.1 gcc (10.2.0)
gimp (2.10.22) 2.10.6 2.8.22 2.8.18 2.8.16 2.8.16 2.8.14 -- -- -- 2.6.11 gimp (2.10.22)
glibc (2.32) 2.24 2.24 2.24 2.19 2.19 2.19 2.19 2.19 2.15 2.13 glibc (2.32)
gnome-shell (3.38.1) -- -- -- 3.16.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.38.1)
gnucash (4.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (4.2)
gnumeric (1.12.48) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.48)
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 0.97 grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.23) 3.22.24 3.22.24 3.22.9 3.16.7 3.16.7 3.12.2 3.12.2 3.12.2 3.6.2 2.24.5 gtk (3.24.23)
httpd (2.4.46) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.46)
inkscape (1.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.48.1 inkscape (1.0.1)
k3b (20.08.2) 18.12.1 17.08.2 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 k3b (20.08.2)
kmod (27) 25 20 20 20 20 20 15 15 9 -- kmod (27)
krita (4.4.0)                     krita (4.4.0)
libreoffice (7.0.2) 6.0.7 5.4.3 5.2.6 5.1.4 4.4.7 4.4.3 4.3.3 4.3.1 3.6.6 3.4.3 libreoffice (7.0.2)
linux (5.9.1) 4.15 4.9.60 4.9.20 4.1.25 4.1.15 3.14.44 3.14.25 3.14.15 3.8.12 2.6.39.4 linux (5.9.1)
Package R11 R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 2012-R1 2011 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.5.6) 10.1.37 10.1.26 10.1.21 10.0.22 10.0.22 10.0.15 10.0.11 10.0.11 -- -- mariadb (10.5.6)
mate-desktop (1.24.1) -- -- -- 1.12.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.24.1)
mesa (20.2.1) 18.3.4 17.1.6 17.0.3 11.2.2 11.0.6 10.5.3 10.3.3 10.2.7 9.0.1 7.10.3 mesa (20.2.1)
mysql (8.0.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.5.30 5.5.15 mysql (8.0.22)
nautilus (3.38.1) -- -- -- 3.16.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.38.1)
NVIDIA (455.28) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (455.28)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (15) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (15)
openssh (8.4p1) 7.9p1 7.5p1 7.3p1 7.2p2 7.1p2 6.6p1 6.6p1 6.6p1 6.0p1 5.8p2 openssh (8.4p1)
openssl (1.1.1h) 1.0.2r 1.0.2m 1.0.2k 1.0.1t 1.0.1p 1.0.1p 1.0.1j 1.0.1i 1.0.1c 1.0.0d openssl (1.1.1h)
perl (5.32.0) 5.20.3 5.20.3 5.20.3 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.12.3 perl (5.32.0)
php (7.4.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.4.11)
plasma-desktop (5.20.1) 5.14.4.1 5.10.5 5.9.4 5.7.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.20.1)
postfix (3.5.7) 3.2.5 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.10.2 2.9.4 -- postfix (3.5.7)
postgresql (13.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (13.0)
Python (3.9.0) 2.7.15 2.7.12 2.7.12 2.7.12 2.7.11 2.7.9 2.7.8 2.7.8 2.7.4 2.7.2 Python (3.9.0)
qt (5.15.1) 5.11.2 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.6.1 5.5.1 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.4 4.7.4 qt (5.15.1)
samba (4.13.0) 4.9.4 4.6.8 4.3.11 4.3.11 4.3.3 4.1.17 4.1.9 4.1.9 3.6.9 3.5.10 samba (4.13.0)
systemd (246) 230 230 230 219 219 208 208 208 194 29 systemd (246)
thunderbird (78.3.3) -- -- -- 38.6.0 38.3.0 38.0.1 31.0 31.0 17.0.5 8.0 thunderbird (78.3.3)
vim (8.2) 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 vim (8.2)
vlc (3.0.11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.11.1)
xfdesktop (4.14.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.14.2)
xorg-server (1.20.9) 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.17.4 1.15.2 1.15.1 1.15.1 1.13.3 1.10.3 xorg-server (1.20.9)

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Version: R11
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-05-03
Votes: 26


Have run the KDE4-version on many computers the last two years, and I'm very satisfied. As an old debian-guy I'm used to stability, and I have not found any other distro that rivals Debian on this point, except ROSA R11.

What led me to ROSA in the first place was my love for KDE4, what kept me there was the whole experience. Still run Debian on my servers, but use ROSA on my laptops and workstations.

The backbone of the distro is quiet old, and it ships with kernel 4.15. You find 4.9 and a generic 5.4 in the package manager. It almost feels like a rolling release as it gets several updates each week. All applications are updated regulary, and in most cases they are newer than Debian stable. New updated kernel versions comes in every other month.

ROSA is based on Mandriva, and was forked around the same time as Mageia came out. ROSA R11 can be compared to Mageia 4, as for the release date. That's where the comparison ends. On ROSA R11 KDE4 the old MCC is integrated in the KDE system settings, giving one place to look for configuration. Every old tool is present, and the hardware detection is exellent. Stuff that requires tinkering with Debian works out of the box.

It uses systemd, and behaves a little different than Debian. After installing a LAMP-stack on my workhorse, I had to enable and start the httpd in the shell. And it was named httpd, as in the old days, not apache, or apache2. Such small things that might need getting used to.

Oldtimers who started with Mandrake will thrive, and rookies from buntuland can learn a thing or two...


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Version: R11
Rating: 5
Date: 2020-05-03
Votes: 0


I loaded the iso onto a stick. While booting up well, the distro leaves to be desired.
Despite the well laid out and nice repository I wasn 't able to download a single program:

retrieving failed, aria2 failed: exited with 3 (confronted me repeatedly)

Unfortunately I had to call it a day as far as ROSA was concerned: BTW - 't was the XFCE flavour ......


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Version: R11
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-04-30
Votes: 14


Qualitativ hochwertige und gut vorinstallierte Distribution:

- Netzwerk (Smb) wird korrekt installiert.
- Druck- und Scannerdienste, sowie freigegebene externe TByte-Platte, werden ohne Probleme sofort bereitgestellt.
- Die Distribution ist schlank und schnell und hat ein wirklich frisches Aussehen.

Meine Einzelmeinung:
Funktioniert besser als Ubuntu, Debian, LinuxMint, OpenSuse, Deepin, usw.

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High quality and well pre-installed distribution:

- Network (Smb) is installed correctly.
- Printing and scanner services, as well as released external TByte disk, are provided immediately without problems.
- The distribution is slim and fast and has a really fresh look.

My individual opinion:
Works better than Ubuntu, Debian, LinuxMint, OpenSuse, Deepin, etc.


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