October 21, 2012

Voyager Linux Review: Impressive XFCE Distro

Many current linux users are looking for Gnome alternatives and have been exploring XFCE desktop distros. Voyager was developed to be a complete XFCE Ubuntu based distro, with excellent appearance and applications built in as part of its DVD. There are also lots of wallpapers included. Below is review and link where you can download it from their French website. Their website says version of Voyager based on Ubuntu 12.10 will be available on October 25th. This is a very impressive distro !

Voyager Review: XFCE At Its Best

Kamil Nadeem's picture
The XFCE Desktop Environment has risen greatly in popularity over the past few years. Major credit for it goes to the XFCE team who has been putting out releases with incremental updates and advancements but there is a misconception among many people that XFCE is bland. I encourage you to come on a voyage with me and you may discover something splendorous.


I present to you Voyager 12.04 , the Beautiful XFCE distro from France based on Xubuntu. Voyager is a highly customised, beautiful and user friendly Operating System. As you can make out from the screenshot, the default setup of Voyager features a single xfce4-panel, a simple Conky and a customised Avant Window Navigator with special text icons instead of the standard application icons which look quite cool and unique.

Conky Control is among one of the most prised features of Voyager 12.04 which enables anyone even a total new user to have a taste of Conky. All you have to do is right click on the desktop and select Conky Control from the menu. Voyager 12.04 comes with 21 great Conky configurations that you can enable with a single click.


You can even choose to have multiple Conky running.


The ISO size of both the 32-Bit and 64-Bit Voyager is approximately 950MB and it is an excellent out of the box distro as it comes with a great variety of software, codecs, wallpapers and themes with the exception of Flash but it is not a big deal as you can easily install it.

Mozilla Firefox is your default web browser and it comes with the option of 9 customised startpages, many useful extensions and bookmarks. There is also a bookmark Install Flash which basically launches the Ubuntu Software Center for you to install Flash.
Then you have Thunderbird, Pidgin, Transmission, Hotot(which is my favourite Micoblogging client) with the PPA added so you get the latest version, GIMP, Darktable, Movie Player(Totem), VLC media player, Clementine, Audio-Recorder, Kazam for your screencasting, Pitivi Video Editor, Cheese, AbiWord, Gnumeric, the Synapse Launcher and much more.

The default theme of Voyager 12.04 is Ambiance-Voyager-Dark which in combination with Faenza-Dark-White icons looks stunning.


There are many more themes available and as the developer is into travel photography you have slew of picturesque wallpapers to choose from.
I highly recommend Voyager 12.04 as it is an excellent lightweight, feature packed, beautiful OS plus it is a Long Term Support release as it is based on Xubuntu 12.04 which makes it a super fine distro to try and use.

For the download links you can check the Voyager website here which is in French but Google Translate is present there so you can check the website in a language that suits you.

Source: http://www.muktware.com/3612/voyager-review-xfce-its-best#.UIPxG3ahMhI

A uTube video review can be found here:

Another uTube video review can be found here:

Voyager Website: http://voyager.legtux.org/