There are users from the Linux community who claim that it would be better if there were fewer operating systems so that an alleged fragmentation would be reduced. I do like that there are options, but the truth is that there are some that are very similar to others. Today we have to talk about a new operating system based on Linux, so it is likely that those who prefer things to be more "collected" will not welcome that it has been presented Tuxedo OS.
The operating system is developed by TUXEDO Computers, and they have done something similar to System76 with their Pop!_OS. Although Linux can be installed on practically (or without practically) any computer, it does not always fit perfectly. Yes, it does on computers that are manufactured with Linux in mind, and even more so if a manufacturer tweaks everything so that it works in the best way on the devices it manufactures. This company has done this with Tuxedo OS, an operating system that is based on Ubuntu.
Tuxedo OS uses a modified kernel
TUXEDO Computers is a sponsor of KDE, so it's easy to guess which desktop is running your Tuxedo OS. Uses Plasma, and also a kernel modified and optimized for use with TUXEDO hardware.
With its Linux-optimized hardware, TUXEDO appeals to customers with varying levels of computer knowledge in general and Linux in particular.
This ranges from customers who are introduced to Linux for the first time through a TUXEDO and relish the convenience of a pre-installed system down to the finest detail, to professionals who have been using Linux for years. Between these two poles, we support distributions like Ubuntu, Kubuntu or openSUSE for our customers and we also provide non-binding support for other distributions.
But basically, Tuxedo OS it is a Kubuntu with some modifications. The installer is Calamares, in what I think is a success. Firefox is available in its DEB version, and PipeWire is used instead of PulseAudio. Still, TUXEDO manages to sell its operating system well, and it doesn't forget to mention Linux's security.
The company hopes to convince less expert users, which is why the operating system page mentions things like that there are many applications that run from the browser (web apps), security, and that everything is easy to use. For those of us who already know Linux, what we have to stick with is that it is an Ubuntu-based operating system with a modified kernel to make it work better on TUXEDO hardware.
Available for other computers
TUXEDO has released images of Tuxedo OS 22.04 at this link, for whoever wants also use it on equipment of another brand. But, answering the question that they ask themselves, why do they invest so much work (it has been five years since they talked about this) extra in its own distribution, to get the most out of this system you have to use equipment from the same brand. If it's for good, welcome.