- No Viruses.
- No back-doors to unscrupulous companies or governement agencies.
- Faster and more stable than Windows.
- Powerful and user friendly desktop environment.
- All the common applications, plugins and codecs are already installed.
- Huge collection of free software in the repository (app store).
- The most flexible, customizable computing experience ever! (KDE + Linux + GNU ++)
- Multiple languages supported.
GNU/Linux has very high security. It gets this primarily from it's UNIX like design philosophy. Where security is high on the agenda, and "secure by design" is not just an after-thought. UNIX has had the correct approach for over 40 years.
A regular user only has the permissions he/she needs, which does not allow for tampering with the system. However, occassionally changes are needed to be made to the system (adding printers, installing applications, changing the time & date etc.). This is when "elevated privilleges" is required. And GNU/Linux has done this exactly the right way from the beginning. When you need to elevate, the root (administrator) password is prompted. Windows still hasn't got this right yet.
Another reason GNU/Linux is so secure is the way it handles vulnerabilities. Whilst the code quality of GNU/Linux and surrounding open source software is generally much higher than most proprietary operating systems. It, like most software, can contain vulnerabilities. But the community of developers are incredibly apt at finding, fixing and patching these vulnerabilities. Sometimes only a few hours from start to finish. Having all the software managed by a single update process, whereby you are told when fixes exist, is a huge advantage. The Debian project takes security very seriously, and there is no other platform as well equiped for this process.
Debian, as with any Linux distribution, does not get viruses or malware of any kind. Whilst virus scanners are available, they are simply not needed, and 99.9% of desktop Linux installations do not use one.
No viruses! No malware! No spyware! No back doors into your computer, infringing on your privacy.
The Kwheezy Desktop
The default Kwheezy Desktop is both beautiful and functional.more »
Kwheezy has 4 workspaces for better multi-tasking. If one gets cluttered, you can simply move to another empty workspace. You can always go back to the others with one click. KDE has stunning 3D effects to make computers more fun.more »
The Applications Menu
Kwheezy uses the KDE classic menu style. Applications are categorised by genre, so it is easy to find the app that suits your next task.more »
Shelf (Panel Widget)
The "Shelf" widget brings shortcuts to frequently accessed places with ease. Open your Home folder with two clicks, even when applications cover the desktop. It also can be used to search for applications, services, files and folders from one search bar at the top.more »
Press the key combination Alt+F2 and get a very useful popup at the top of the screen. Type part of the name or description of the application you want, and it will display a short list to quickly launch the application. It will also find files and folders containing the search text. It even has a spell checker, searches wikipedia and more. Type "gg:sin(90)" and google will display the value of sin(90), the "gg" is the google site identifier. Use "yt: linux" to search youtube for linux related videos.more »
Bottom Panel Widgets (Taskbar)
KDE has a collection of small apps called widgets. They can be placed on the desktop or in panels. The bottom panel widgets are useful to quickly access frequently used features. From left to right these are as follows. "Color Picker" lets you select a color from anywhere on the screen and get it's color value in many formats (RGB, Web, Latex). "Dictionary" to quickly check the meaning of a word and perhaps show synonyms. "Translatoid" for translating text between many languages. "Show Dashboard" will bring the desktop widgets layer to the surface of the screen, so no need to minimize applications to see them. "Notifications and jobs" displays notifications from the OS and many applications, jobs, such as copy operations will display a progress bar. "Toggle Compositor" will toggle the graphical effects compositor (3D, translucency etc.) on or off. "Jitsi", if running, has a taskbar icon. "hplip status" is a status monitor and launcher to manange any HP printers or scanners. "IBus input method" is a multi-language input method for inputing non-latin characters like Chinese, Japanese, Ukranian etc. "Clipboard contents" is very handy; it will store a history of clipboard contents (copy|cut & paste) for quick access. "Knemo - wlan0" is a status monitor for the primary wireless interface, if any exist. "Knemo - eth0" is the same, but for your wired connection. "Volume" control gives quick access to the audio mixer (volume level etc.). "Device Notifier" will display recently connected storage devices (USB pendrives, phone, camera), and allow you to mount or unmount them into your filesystem. "Network Manager" manages your network connections, both for wired and wifi, you can set profiles for different locations. "Battery Status" indicates the battery level, whether you're connected to mains, and some power related options. "Show hidden icons" just expands the list to show other (hidden) taskbar controls. "Time & Date" is fairly self explanatory, it also allows you to add timezones so you can quickly see the time in other timezones. Finally, the "Lock/Logout" lets you quickly lock the screen (if you leave your desk) or logout, shutdown or reboot the computer.more »
Dolphin (File Manager)
The default file manager in Kwheezy is KDE's "Dolphin". It's a powerful, user friendly and sleak file manager. Like everything in KDE, it's very customizable. You can even add your own services (actions in the right click menu of a file). Easily connect to shared folders on other devices (SMB/CIFS/Windows Shares via Samba, FTP, WebDAV, SSH).more »
Dolphin - Preview Mode
Dolphin has a preview mode. A toolbar button can toggle preview mode on and off. You can customize which files will be previewed, by file type, size and location.more »
Dolphin - Multi-Tasking
Dolphin has multiple tabs, so you don't need to open several windows and juggle them around. And a split-view feature. This allows you to split the folder view in two. It makes it easier to do extensive filing, or just to see contents of more than one folder at the same time.more »
Dolphin - Information Panel
Another great feature is the "Information" panel. It shows some useful information about the file and can preview it. It can be toggled on/off with the F11 key, or through the menu.more »
Kwheezy Autostart Chooser
The "Kwheezy Autostart Chooser" allows you to select some useful applications to automatically start at login.
Kwheezy Switch Video Driver
Easily change between video (display) drivers. If your not sure, it will suggestively recommend (guess) the best open source or proprietary driver.
Kwheezy Profiler manages multiple profiles (KDE settings etc). Is is useful to backup/restore your desktop settings. You choose how many you want, give them a name. And if anything goes wrong, you can restore to a known healthy state. You can even restore to the Kwheezy Desktop defaults at any time.
Kwheezy Localizer is a GUI tool for easily adding and changing the System, KDE, LibreOffice and Firefox/Thunderbird locales (regional and language options).
Kwheezy Keyboard Selector
Kwheezy Keyboard Selector is a GUI tool for easily changing the keyboard model, layout, variant and options.
Kwheezy Toggle Screens
"Toggle Screens" is an alternative to the KDE tool for managing multiple screens (monitors, projectors). It lets you choose from a list of presets, so switching your display to a projector is easier.
Kwheezy Toggle Taskbar
"Toggle Taskbar" allows you to change the behaviour of the taskbar (bottom panel). By default it is "Always Visible", but it can be changed to "Auto-Hide". The other two modes control whether the application windows will appear infront or behind the taskbar.
Kwheezy Manage Users
"Kwheezy Manage Users" is the recommended place to add, modify and delete users. It is a graphical front-end to the 'adduser' command. And thus it obeys the configuration in "/etc/addusers.conf".
Yakuake (Drop-Down Terminal)
"Yakuake" is a drop-down terminal easily accessed by pressing the F12 key. Quickly show and hide the terminal (command line) at any time. For power users and system admins it's a very handy application. Once you get used to it, you can't live without it.more »
Apper - Add / Remove Software
Apper manages software packages installed on your system. Downloads and installs new ones from the official Debian repositories, or any compatible third party repos. There is a huge collection of sotfware, apper divides it into categories to make it easier to search for. A filter bar at the top makes it easier to search for software, by name, by description or by file name.more »
Apper - Updates
Apper also manages updates. A notification icon will appear on the taskbar when there are new updates to apply. But you can manually check by running Apper from the applications menu.more »
"Kwheezy LiveCD" is a command line utility that remasters your installation to an image file (ISO 9660). The resulting .iso file can be burned to DVD or used to prepare a bootable USB memory stick. The bootable live environment can be used to re-install your system on another machine or use as a backup. Note that the "/etc/kwheezy-livecd/excludes" file should be used to exclude data too large to fit onto the DVD (4.0GB max). Kwheezy itself is mastered using this tool.