There is a new Russian Linux distribution available. Astra Linux is designed to offer the services required by an office. It has directory server services available and a Windows styled desktop.
The Astra Linux installer is essentially the Debian installer, and therefore is very easy to use. There is an option for English during installation, but there are only Russian time-zones available. But this could be fixed after installation if you do not live in Soviet Russia.
The Astra Linux desktop is called “Fly” and looks just like KDE 3.4. This is great actually. It has a dated look, but this is fast and very usable. More than I can say for the Ubuntu Unity desktop.
The file manager for Astra Linux looks exactly like the file manager in Windows 7. This is part of the dedicated approach to a Windows replacement desktop environment, this is something that could be a desktop or a server operating system.
The distribution has increased security options that are select-able during the installation, as well as directory clients and the aforementioned directory server options. This would mean that a network could be created with the machines in a directory forest all talking to each other. This means that Russia wants to gain independence from Microsoft software and have their own secure operating system. Firefox is the main web browser, and the GNU Image Manipulation Program for editing photos. This distro even comes with Audacity and VLC for editing and playing media respectively. A very good desktop OS.
Download the Astra Linux distribution here: http://www.astralinux.com/download.html.
Direct links: http://mirror.yandex.ru/astra/frozen/orel/1.11/iso/.
Install this in VMWare or Virtualbox and give this a try. It is certainly different to Ubuntu. I am not sure if Ubuntu has a version that can install a directory server.
Even the Astra Linux lock screen is pretty. LibreOffice is included for editing documents, as well as a dictionary application and text editor. The lock screen is very easy to use. When you click to enter your password, the on-screen keyboard pops up. A very nice touch. But why does Google say the website may be hacked? What does Google have against Russia?
But I am liking this Linux distro. I might install this on my laptop to replace Windows 10. This is just what I have been looking for, and is a great Windows alternative. If this is good enough for the Soviet military, this is good enough for me.