NimbleX is a small but versatile operating system which is able to boot from CD, flash memory (USB pens or Mp3 players) and even from the network. Because it runs entirely from a CD, USB or network it doesn’t require installation or even much hardware. NimbleX is based on Slackware and uses linux-live scripts to provide a user friendly, UNIX like OS, that's pretty much indestructible. NimbleX is very customizable and the availability of many software packages allows extending the distro to do just about everything you need for fullfiling your goals.
KDE is the default desktop environment available in NimbleX. KDE was chosen because users that are new to Linux can get used to it in a matter of minutes. Most of the old Linux users are familiar to KDE or use it everyday. KDE is highly appreciated because it has an incredible amount of features and thus offers a lot of flexibility.
Other desktop environments are also available several reasons. One is that new users can make a first impression regarding the flexibility of Linux and can see that the Linux desktop can be both very different, interesting and customizable. Some users prefer to use an alternative desktops and reasons are as many as the users that use them.
On the Internet people can browse the web with Firefox or other software chat with their friends with the Kopete multi-protocol IM application download torrents with Transmission, use DC++, connect remotely to other computers and many more. Accessing network shares on both Windows or Linux machines is as easy as 1 2 3
You can listen to your favorite music with XMMS and Juk, watch movies with xine or mplayer, burn CDs with K3B, edit/encode video with avidemux and a lot more with the other multimedia applications included. You don't need to download codecs. Just double-click and play your favorite media.
The components of KDE Kontact are tailored to work well with each other. KDE Kontact delivers innovations to help you manage your communications more easily, organize your work faster and work together more closely, resulting in more productivity and efficiency in digital collaboration.
In NimbleX you have OpenOffice as the default office suite. You have a word processor that understands all the commonly used formats, a very powerful spreadsheet application, a presentation program and some of the others components from OpenOffice.
The most important graphic application integrated in NimbleX is GIMP. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, image composition, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.
The KlamAV antivirus was included to allow users with problems on their Windows machines to scan for viruses and perhaps isolate the problem. An easy to use interface is available and if you decide to use KlamAV for that purpose all you have to do is update the virus definitions.
The PDF reader included is targeted to home users it has some very unique features to enhance your reading pleasure in addition of doing everything you can expect from it. A very interesting feature is that you can just skip the encryption in PDFs allowing you to do whatever you want :)
Bluetooth support is integrated in NimbleX out of the box. Transferring files to and from a bluetooth device is very easy and pairing to a bluetooth mouse or keyboard should be a child's play. There is even an application that locks your PC when you walk away from the computer with the phone.
Even thought the focus of this GNU/Linux distribution is usability and security usually stays in the way of usability, NimleX has the intrinsic security of Linux that combined with the idea that if no services listen to the network they can't expose any vulnerability. Since Linux viruses or worms are alien to Linux you'll be pretty damn safe.
Last but not least you have the powerful GNU/Linux command line at your fingertips. Advanced users that know their way around their command line can do just about anything with NimbleX. Even though the focus of the distro is ease of use learning to use the command line is highly encouraged.
Because NimbleX is based on the linux-live scripts and Slackware with some tweaking here and there, it inherits many advantages from these. The most significant are small size, flexibility, a more "pure" GNU/Linux base and speed. I like to believe that NimbleX is faster than what are most people accustomed to.