R7.5 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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An open-source, fast, energy-efficient and lightweight Ubuntu-based distribution

editor's review






This is the standard edition of the wattOS Linux operating system, a remaster of the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu. It is 100% compatible with the default Ubuntu software repositories and features several lightweight window managers/desktop environments, such as LXDE, Xfce, Openbox or IceWM.

Available for download as 64-bit/32-bit Live CDs

The system is available for download as two Live CD ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms, 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (amd64). You must write these ISO images to either CD discs or USB flash drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC.

Boot options

From the boot screen, the user can start the live environment with default drivers or with basic drivers, perform a system memory diagnostic test, as well as to boot an existing operating system that is installed on the first disk drive.

Includes a wide range of minimal window managers

While the default desktop environment of this distribution is LXDE, it also includes a wide range of minimal window managers, such as i3, awesome, Openbox, Window Maker, IceWM and Blackbox. However, at the login prompt you must use the “guest” username (without quotes) without any password.

Default applications

Default applications include the Chromium web browser, Audacious audio player, PCManFM file manager, KeePassX password manager, Leafpad text editor, GDebi DEB package installer, VLC Media Player, Cheese webcam viewer, FileZilla file transfer client, Transmission torrent downloader, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, GPicView image viewer, Xarchiver archive manager, LXTerminal terminal emulator and Pinta digital painting software.

Bottom line

Summing up, wattOS proved to be a fast and easy-to-use operating system when deployed on a low-end computer, and now is the right time to rethink the way we use Earth’s resources and how we use computers in our daily lives.

Keep in mind though, that this edition is no longer maintained and you should download one of the other wattOS editions, with the MATE, Xfce or LXDE desktop environments.

wattOS was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 25th, 2014
wattOS - The desktop environment of the wattOS 7.5 Linux operating system

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