- Sep 30, 2005
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Robolinux Mate Raptor is a long-term support release that will keep you flying fine until 2020. It is loaded with 12 privacy and security apps.
Robolinux Mate Raptor 8.1, released this summer, requires less memory (210 MB less) than Robolinux's Cinnamon edition. Another innovation is the custom scripts you can add to the Caja file manager to speed up productivity.
What sets this Linux distro apart from all the others is its built-in ability to run Windows XP, 7 and 10 in preinstalled virtual machines. This allows the user to install and run the Windows operating system seamlessly alongside Robolinux. This is an optional add-on that must be purchased from the project's online store.
Buying add-on services may not be valuable to individual users, but for small shops and growing small businesses, this feature can save money on IT consultants.
Robolinux remains free, but the add-on features are a monetizing mechanism to fund the open source project.
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Robolinux is the only Linux OS that provides "One click Windows VM Installers" and "Stealth VM Software Tools". So now you don't need to worry about viruses or malware attacking Windows or your data because Robolinux allows you to run a clean new version of Windows and restore your shared Windows data folder from a synced but protected VM Data partition anytime you want to in just two clicks!
A Windows virus cannot access a virtual machine backup file inside a Linux partition. Nor can a Windows virus access the Robolinux VM Data Sync directory that is not shared with the Windows VM.
When you install the Robolinux Windows VM Installers your data which is shared with the Linux Host is not stored inside the Windows virtual machine, so if you do get a Windows virus or malware from a USB stick or somewhere else, you can immediately restore your backed up Windows VM which is an untouched version of Windows, complete with all of its updates and installed software and thus annihilate the virus or malware in just one to five minutes.
Important Advice: In order to avoid keylogger infections which are hard to detect while you are running Windows, always use the Robolinux versions of Google Chrome or Firefox to do your online banking or web surfing. You can run them simultaneously on top of Windows seemlessly.
A Windows keylogger, virus or malware cannot attack a native Linux application.
The "Robolinux Stealth VM Software" make it impossible for a virus or malware to infect your shared Windows data files because Robolinux syncs your shared VM Data automatically in a protected VM Data clone partition that no Windows virus can access ever!
Windows Viruses and Malware do NOT attack Linux file systems.
Robolinux could be the answer for anyone looking to get away from a Windows environment. Based upon Debian Long Term Support source code once installed you will have a stable and easy to update operating system. Include the optional virtual machine component that allows you to run any or as many Windows operating systems as your memory can support and you have a easy way to leave all those bothersome Windows worries behind.
There is a step by step install guide for each of the variants. Personally I would go for the Mate version as it looks great and is pretty nippy. The install documents have a printable set of instructions which should enable anyone to install the operating system with ease.
So if you are fed up with forced updates and blue screens yet need to keep some expensive propriety software running then Robolinux may just be what you are looking for.