Brasa OS

1.1 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
4.1/5 28
A very minimal and installable-only Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux

editor's review






Brasa OS is an open-source and completely free distribution of Linux derived from the award-winning and highly acclaimed Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the lightweight Openbox window manager. It aims to be a very minimal and ultra fast OS for slow computers.

It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms

The operating system has been designed from the ground up to work on both the 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (x86_64) computers, which means that it is available for download as separate, yet minimal ISO images of approximately 10MB in size each.

The ISO image features a standard Debian bootloader

When booting the ISO image from the BIOS of a computer, the user will encounter a standard Debian bootloader, which includes the ability to start the installer and permanently install the operating system on a local drive.

In addition, it is possible to access advanced options, such as the expert or automated installation, a rescue mode, as well as to choose different desktop environments like KDE, LXDE and Xfce.

It can only be installed on a local drive and features a text-mode installer

The entire installation process is text-based and requires you to choose a language and keyboard layout, configure the network, choose a mirror of the Debian archive that is close to you, enter a password for the root (system administrator) account, set up users and passwords, select a timezone, partition the disk

Minimal graphical interface powered by Openbox

Being designed with minimalism in mind, the distribution uses Openbox as its default and only desktop environment for a standard installation. To launch applications in Openbox, you must use the right-click context menu.

As mentioned, it is possible to choose a different, more complex desktop environment by selecting the KDE, LXDE or Xfce options from the Advanced options entry of the bootloader.

Brasa OS was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 9th, 2014
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