Xinutop is a Linux distribution made with a special care of lightness, simplicity, efficacy, reliability and can operate from multiple datas supports (HDD, SSD, USB, Flash) on a great variety of i386 compatible computers, and especially with low power processors, or those unfairly considered as obsolete, poorly supporting the growing greed of currents OS, less and less compatible with embedded hardware. Xinutop can run as a portable operating system on removable device, but also as a main operating system on hard drive (same install). The memory usage after startup is about 100MB.
Xinutop is based on (X)Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx", including the scripts "lrd" by Gauvain Pocentek for Linutop OS 4.0 and follows:
- The same robust architecture (main file system in squashfs, no write access).
- The persistent mode that allows to keep the datas and system changes in user layer (same as mobile phones or Internet tablets).
- The recovery mode, allowing to findnize exactly the original system (simply by deleting the user layer).
- The total compatibility with applications of the Ubuntu distribution.
In this version, the software and hardware Linutop are quoted, but I am not employed by that company. However, I believe in the future of simple, lite, robust and energy efficient computing and for me, Linutop has a good hardware and software approach.