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BeOS-like distro focused on content creation

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A new Ubuntu-based Linux distribution has arrived, aimed at both Linux newbies and content creators. Boasting "out of the box" multimedia codecs, the freely downloadable PC/OS incorporates the lightweight XFCE desktop, and is said to offer a similar layout to the groundbreaking, but ultimately doomed BeOS.

According to a blog by chief facilitator, Roberto Dohnert, "PC/OS is designed to play videos, music, and create content on a very simplified interface and platform. That's why my two-word mission statement is 'simplified computing.'"

Currently available in a PC/OS 2008 version, the distribution targets a fairly large audience, says Dohnert, namely, "the home user, the expert user, the multimedia developer, and the software developer." The common thread appears to be the regular use or development of multimedia content. There's also "great support for Mono, Ruby on Rails, and traditional programming languages such as C and C++," Dohnert says.

Due to its Ubuntu roots, all software compiled for Ubuntu runs on PC/OS

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