Core edition at a glance
Haze OS comes with a calendar app that syncs with the cloud, terminal app that looks slick, California from the makers of Geary email client, Text Editor from the elementary OS team that automatically saves all your notes, a simple maps and weather application from GNOME, Journal app from the XFCE team and other accessories to satisfy your daily digital needs. Besides these you'll have a complete suite of applications pre-installed for you in various categories like media, gaming, graphics and a lot more.
Haze OS assumes yourself as an average computer user and comes with a bucket load of software from various categories serving different digital needs. It's based on Ubuntu, a Debian derived Linux based Operating System so it comes with an alternative software called 'App Grid' or otherwise called 'App Center' from within Haze OS that let's you seamlessly browse through all of the applications available for your system. There are free apps as well as paid apps.
Haze OS comes with a popular modern web browser pre-installed called Mozilla Firefox. It's open-source, easy-to-use and highly customizable. The Geary Mail client let's you browse through your emails seamlessly and also has multiple accounts support. There's also a twitter client called Birdie pre-installed for you.
Haze OS Core Edition is based upon the Cinnamon Desktop Environment by the Linux Mint team. We tweaked it heavily aesthetically as well as in terms of functionality to deliver an easy-to-use and pleasing user experience. We used the Vertex GTK theme for the Windows, Vibrance icon theme which is an hybrid of Moka and Breeze's icon sets. The shell theme we used is called 'Tyr Himn' which is in turn tweaked to bring a uniform look and feel throughout the Operating System. There's a built-in voice recognition feature by pressing F6, Desktop Cube by pressing Ctrl+Alt+[Arrow Keys], Hot Corners for managing different activities going on in your system.
Haze OS 5 brings a bucket load of changes. It is clearly the most powerful, advanced and the most convenient desktop operating system we've ever built. Bringing some beautiful and complex tweaks to the table. Minimal, Touch and Core editions are based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with X64 technology and Debian testing is used as the base for Origami Edition. Our goal remains the same- To deliver the most beginner friendly Operating System and to bring ease to Computer usage.
The Cinnamon Desktop Environment
The Cinnamon DE provides the best hardware integration and the most simplistic interface. Thus matching the Haze OS's "Simplicity'" philosophy. Haze OS core edition adds some extra extensions and spices to the overall look and feel of the OS with some gorgeous looking themes- Icons, Shell GTK, etc. Apps are renamed around the Shell to provide a familiar UI to both the worlds- The new comers to Linux as well as the Linux enthusiasts. Many great Cinnamon goodies and nemo scripts (i.e. Widgets, Themes and tools) are included by default in Haze OS Core edition. This is currently our best pick and We recommend this to almost anyone.
New Apps, New Surprises
Haze OS now comes with applications that have a pretty UI and professional tools, Thus powering pioneers to perform sophisticated tasks. Haze OS also adds some extra polish to some of the most popular Open-Source applications like GIMP, VLC, Miro, Springseed to keep your eyes focused and at the same time convenient to work on. Haze OS 5 Core and Touch editions have the new lightweight package management tool called "App Center" powered from the App Grid that lets users choose from thousands of available applications to download and install and most of which are free. The Steam gaming client comes preloaded to provide a huge gaming galore and immersive gaming experience.
Haze OS 5 (i.e. Touch & Origami editions specifically) uses the Chrome Web Store to let you install offline, online or desktop apps for free. By doing so, They keep you updated with the latest edition of your file no matter where or where you were or are. Microsoft Office online preloaded on the Core edition let's you work on the complete Microsoft Office suite and it runs seamlessly with Google Chrome.
The Origami Edition(A.K.A. Origami OS 2.0): KDE-Debian Based System
Haze OS Origami edition brings in the Debian testing base and has KDE in the frontend which is already a versatile desktop environment but this one combines an elegant design, redesigned panel, new preloaded apps and simplified apps to the table. It's a rolling release wherein you get timely updates and you never have to reinstall it again. The downside of this Operating System is the slightly less number of applications available when compared to the Ubuntu based systems (i.e. Touch and Core editions).
The Touch Edition: GNOME 3.10 in the finest shape
The Touch edition is optimized for touch-enabled devices running on 64 bit architecture. It combines the silky and the premium look and feel of Haze OS Dark Chocolate but with redesigned Icons, Themes and Extensions. The 'Drop-down Terminal' is our new inclusion (Press f6 to activate it) with the exception of the earlier Dash's goodness like Dash Wiki, Dash Calculator, Desktop Web Search, Desktop Translator, Dash Sticky Notes, Coverflow Alt+Tab Window switcher and so on.
Defects of Haze OS
Though this sounds crazy, We don't mind to share what's the downside of using Haze OS because we're trying to avoid as many negative people as possible and only support people who are willing to own it. We belong to the Linux community wherein you have countless number of distributions and we want you to only use our product with 100% satisfaction and without regret in the future. If you choose us then it's cool for both of us and if you don't like it then leave us with peace. You're welcomed to join our Team in case you're interested to help us as well. Read the below lines and see for yourself if you 're okay with the conditions.
- Non-Free or freeware softwares are included. Open-Source enthusiasts must give a second thought before installing Haze OS.
- Currently we only build upon 64 Bit architecture due to lack of resources and time. Come join us and help us if you're a developer and overcome this problem.
- The download file sizes are pretty huge. We don't target our system to be lightweight, We want it functional.
Minority users but it is growing rapidly!
Linux based Desktop Operating Systems are the least used OSes in the World. This is also the cause for having the least number of apps and services when compared to Windows or any other competitors. The Linux Community from the past few years have worked pretty hard to solve this problem. Due to this generosity, both the number of it's users as well as the power has risen a lot but in any way it's not in par with Windows. Our goal is not to gather big numbers but to serve quality stuff to people. Here's a video that will explain to you in a better way.
Extreme gaming & Professional Video Editors
High end Video Games are only now starting to take shape in the Linux eco system. Games like Portal and Distance are some of the great examples and they can be grabbed from the Steam gaming client. The professional video editing softwares are only now shaping up in Linux. You might want to run Adobe After Effects, Sony Vegas Pro or Hitfilm with WINE which aren't considered as native applications and do not offer quality performance as in native applications. However, Lightworks and Kdenlive are the currently popular video editors on Linux. Haze OS isn't a beast when it comes to running Windows applications.