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, OpenOffice.org office suite, Pidgin IM client, GIMP image editor and SLAX module manager.