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wattOS R5
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1 19443 02-29-2012
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100% of reviewers None indicated 7.0

Description: "wattOS R5 is based on Ubuntu 11.10 and the latest updates from the repositories. Changes of applications from R4 to R5: updated to Linux kernel 3.0; new music player - changed to Audacious with plugin for music stream searching; changed to SMPlayer for video player; removed native mail client; installed new graphics editing program Pinta; installed new power management utilities; changed from Chromium to the Midori web browser with Flash support included; added better webcam support with Cheese; lots of other small tweaks and improvements, including ACPI, powertop, psensor; changed from wicd to NetworkManager along with the notifications; added the software update manager; added the language support tools...."
Keywords: Ubuntu-based kernel-3.0 Audacious SMPlayer Pinta Midori

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Old 02-29-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: Good for small computers, lots of software
Cons: A few rough edges

This was a bit of a decline from the high standards of the last version. I may be in a minority, but I need an email client; I've never considered Midori a good browser, although it is small; the new video player which had problems with wmv files.

The software sources program was set up to use US mirrors and any attempt to alter this, or get it to find the fastest mirror, caused it to lockup. When I finally used Synaptic to install another media player, I found some surprising failures in dependency resolution. Of course, that's an Ubuntu problem.

If you want a LXDE distro, and are afraid of Salix with its Slackware base, then the choice is between WattOS, Lubunbtu, and Mint; Mint probably has the edge in reliability, but this is lighter.


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