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A distribution of Linux based on Slackware and built around the KDE desktop environment

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FortMacTux is an open source distribution of Linux derived from Slax, which in turn is based on the highly acclaimed Slackware Linux operating system. It’s a desktop-oriented OS built around the KDE graphical desktop environment.

It’s distributed as a 32-bit Live CD

The FortMacTux operating system is distributed as a Live CD ISO image that contains software packages optimized only for the 32-bit (i386) instruction set architecture. This means that while it is fully compatible with 64-bit computers, it will only allow you to install 32-bit applications.

The system runs in live mode

From the Live CD boot menu, you can run the operating system in live mode or perform a system memory diagnostic test. Keep in mind though, that you must burn the ISO image onto a CD disc or write it on a USB thumb drive of 1GB or higher capacity in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer. Both boot options are editable with the Tab key.

KDE 3.5 is used as the default desktop environment

As mentioned, FortMacTux is a Linux distribution built around the KDE project. KDE 3.5 is used as the default desktop environment and comprises of a taskbar and a dock (application launcher). While the dock is located on the upper part of the screen, the taskbar is located on the bottom edge of the screen.

Comes pre-loaded with KDE-specific applications

Being built around KDE, the distribution comes pre-loaded with KDE-specific applications. Among some of the most popular ones, we can mention the Kopete multi-protocol instant messenger, Konqueror web browser, KMail email client, JuK music player, Akregator news reader, K3b CD/DVD burning software, as well as the KOffice office suite.

Also comes with top-notch software projects

Besides the KDE-specific applications, FortMacTux also comes with top-notch software projects, such as the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Skype VoIP client, office suite, Pidgin IM client, GIMP image editor and SLAX module manager.

FortMacTux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 23rd, 2014
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