Snowlinux is a Linux distribution for beginners and professionals that offers a traditional-looking desktop.

It was founded in December 2010.

The first edition was released in July 2011 as an RC called "Cold", then in August 2011, there was a stable release.

It didn't take long until the other editions (KDE, XFCE, LXDE, E17) followed.

Although the first edition of Snowlinux didn't have many improvements over its Debian-base, it was a great success for all of us.

The Snowlinux team was already working on a second, Ubuntu-based edition. While the second and third editions of Snowlinux have brought many more improvements to the user.

The latest Snowlinux editions are a great success.

We're having a download count of well over ~10,000 downloads per month at this moment.

As a PC user, you certainly ask yourself the following questions:

What are the goals of Snowlinux? Well, we want to offer a stable and fast Linux distribution, better than most others. Beyond that we want to be as easy as Ubuntu, with a Debian base. A Debian-base has many advantages in stability, speed, and so on. The only problem is that it's not easy to get Debian to work as easy as Ubuntu. Also we want to offer a traditional-looking Desktop, in contrast to Ubuntu's Unity.

How often do we release a new version? We have a release cycle of about 6 months. It depends strongly on the urgency of a new release. If there are too many improvements for the scheduled new release, we could release a bit sooner. If the improvements take a bit more time to include in the new release, we might release a bit later.

Which desktop environments does Snowlinux offer? We offer the following desktop environments: MATE, Cinnamon, XFCE, and E17 that are Debian-based, along with MATE and Cinnamon that are Ubuntu-based.

How do I know what the Debian-based edition, and what the Ubuntu-based edition is? Please lake a look at the Download page. All of our editions are listed and described there.

Comments (8)
new version
8Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:45
Do you make a new version based on ubuntu 14.04 and when?
Already waiting for the ubuntu-based Version of SnowLinux 5 - WLAN in nm-applet currently not working
7Sunday, 20 April 2014 16:03
I am already waiting for the ubuntu-based Snow-Linux 5-Cinnamon Edition, because LinuxMint wants to keep with the Trusty-sources for the next four releases:17, 18, 19 and 20.

In this respect, I think, SnowLinux will have newer sources and I hope, that SnowLinux will take some good advantages of LinuxMint over. For example the installation of further repositories and ppa-repositories and driver-installing. And another good thing is the settings-center of LM, which should be adopted by SnowLinux.

I hope, that the next SnowLinux5-Cinnamon Edition will come with a working nm-applet. Because in version 4, WLAN did not work for me in Live-Mode. I tried it, because I thought, perhaps I might migrate. But: without a working nm-applet, this was no way for me to go.

So I hope for a working WLAN in SnowLinux5 Cinnamon-Edition, which is my preferred DE.
Gnome 3
6Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:41
It would be nice with Gnome 3, it's awesome.
5Tuesday, 04 February 2014 19:11
So what about translations into languages other than English? I'm interested in Russian.
4Monday, 27 January 2014 19:22
Does Snowlinux come with multimedia codecs--such as for flash videos and MP3's--already installed, like Linux Mint? Or does the user have to install those seperately?
3Tuesday, 07 January 2014 02:43
Snow linux seems like a good option for Linux Mint, I use LM for 2 years, however I was not satisfied with the Linux Mint Debian-based project, because this was forgot, have few updates and others issues that obligate me to search for new options.
@ Marcos: LinuxMint also has a ubuntu-based Version - why did you not take that??
Sunday, 20 April 2014 16:09
hi Marcos,

LinuxMint does have an ubuntu-based Version as well as a debian-based Version. Why did you not take the ubuntu-based one?? I am with LinuxMint since LinuxMint 9 Isadora and really enjoy and love it.

But with being a more experienced user, I do not so much enjoy staying with the same sources with the next four releases of LM. They want to stick to the Trusty-sources for the releases 17, 18, 29 and 20. And this is not so much my choice. I would like to have more current sources and in after-Snowden-Times, SnowLinux might be a real option for me to migrate.

The only thing I found out in SnowLinux 4 is, that WLAN is not working in Lie Mode. It does not see my network, although I manually added it in network-settings. The same bug I found also in Trisquel too. I also tried out Trisquel, which would have been another option for me. But as I preferr Cinnamon-Desktop, I think about migrating to SnowLinux.

So I would appreciate, if anybody could tell me, when the next ubuntu-based release of SnowLinux will arrive.
Better than Mint - faster
2Thursday, 17 October 2013 16:44
Ubuntu-based Mate version of Snow is faster than Mint! Looks great, rock-solid stable. I've been playing with Linux for 7 years... thousands of hours of playing. This is direct competition for Mint. Snow is really, really good... seriously. Snow deserves to be in the top 5 at Distrowatch.
your OS
1Wednesday, 09 October 2013 18:50
I don`t understand it, what you have with cinnamon? You say your goal is to make best linux? Well,make your own for start.
@ Theo: why not Cinnamon?? Cinnamon is one of the best Desktop-Environments
Sunday, 20 April 2014 16:12
@ Theo,

why not Cinnamon-Desktop?? Cinnamon-Desktop is one of the best and easiest handling Desktop-Environment besides GNOME and MATE.

So why should the developers make the same mistake as the Canonical did with Unity-Desktop, which really failed among the users?? Most User chose MATE, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon-Desktop or even XFCE-Desktop.

So my Question: why not Cinnamon?? Cinnamon is the best DE for beginners and other users who like and enjoy stability.

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