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wattOS R8
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1 7969 06-04-2014
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100% of reviewers None indicated 7.0

Description: "The wattOS team is pleased to announce the release of the new version of wattOS - release 8 - (also known as R8). After 5 years of being an Ubuntu-based distro, we have made the change to Debian. Specifically Debian 'Wheezy' as the base, with some backports thrown in (for example a newer kernel), and in a couple of small places a little 'Jessie' where warranted. But for the most part, its Debian 'Wheezy' as a base to build from. The additional tweaks include the addition of the expected things to make it easy to use as a live CD or install CD. So a reasonably complete desktop for all editions that includes things like support for multiple wireless chipsets, Flash inclusion, printing support...."
Keywords: Debian-based live-CD

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Old 06-04-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7


WattOS has switched its base from Ubuntu to Debian. The main version still uses LXDE, and Mate and Openbox are also offered. I looked at the 32-bit LXDE version. This was partly because the the others, on different servers, were threatening to take over 24 hours to download! Thereís a small user forum, but no wiki or installation instructions available, although the Debian and LXDE documentation can obviously be used.

The live session loaded without any problems, and installation was simple. Thereís little choice, however: the filing system must be ext4 and thereís no provision to encrypt /home.

WattOS installs very little software: just Shotwell, VLC (with codecs), Audacious, and Iceweasel (with Flash). Being taken from Debian Stable, there were no detectable bugs. Synaptic is available for installing extra software.

Configuration beyond the basic can be a problem, as neither Debian not LXDE are user-friendly in this respect. For example, enabling my USB speakers (a mystery in itself) removed the volume control from the panel, and the keyboard buttons donít work in LXDE by default.

WattOS is competing with Lubuntu, Zorin Light, and Salix. If you need a non-pae kernel, itís the only option. Otherwise, I preferred Salix and Zorin Light, while Lubuntu is the only one to offer encryption of /home.


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