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"I am pleased to announce the release of wattOS R4. This version has a load of new changes: lightweight Linux running LXDE and updated clean simple interface and smooth new look; new included control panel user interface for simple configuration of the system in a familiar format; wattOS now also has a PPA on launchpad so this application can be updated automatically as well as new wattOS-specific packages will be published here; new music player changed to Audacious with plugin for music stream searching; changed to VLC for video player; changed to lightweight mail client Sylpheed by default; updated version of Fotoxx photo editor; KeePassX password manager; changed from Firefox to Chromium web browser, Flash support included."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Ideal for replacing Windows XP on small computers
WattOS 4 is a re-spin of Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) which will install in 3GB of disk apace and run in 192MB of RAM.
As a live CD it's fast enough to be usable, rather than just serving as a demonstration. The installer can be run from the live session or at boot-up (advisable if you have less than 256MB). It gives you the chance to install proprietary drivers, codecs, and updates. The installed system boots rapidly into an attractive desktop.
In addition to the programs mentioned above, you get Abiword and Gnumeric. All the programs worked well, the only problem being that Fotoxx displayed its .html help file in a text editor rather than a browser. Media playback was excellent. The one program from the WattOS team is a control panel: at last an LXDE distro where you can configure font rendering. The installation of new software from the Ubuntu repository is handled with Synaptic (lighter than the Ubuntu tool). I tested it by installing bum (to control system services) and all went well.