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DistroWatch.com: Point Linux

Point Linux

Last Update: 2016-07-01 04:14 UTC

Point Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution that aims to combine the power of Debian GNU/Linux with the productivity of MATE, the GNOME 2 desktop environment fork. Point Linux provides an easy-to-set-up-and-use distribution for users looking for a fast, stable and predictable desktop.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 164 (56), 6 months: 158 (58), 3 months: 147 (57), 4 weeks: 120 (66), 1 week: 112 (65)

Average visitor rating: 9.84/10 from 37 review(s).

Point Summary
Distribution Point Linux
Home Page http://pointlinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forums.pointlinux.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.pointlinux.org/
Screenshots http://pointlinux.org/screenshots.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://pointlinux.org/download.htmlLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites  
Reviews 3.2: DistroWatch
3.0: DistroWatch
2.2: Everyday Linux UserDistroWatchBlogspot
13.04: Linux Community (German)
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-06-21: Distribution Release: Point Linux 3.2
 • 2015-07-09: Distribution Release: Point Linux 3.0
 • 2014-12-14: Development Release: Point Linux 3.0 Beta 3
 • 2014-03-05: Distribution Release: Point Linux 2.3
 • 2013-12-31: Development Release: Point Linux 3.0 Beta 1
 • 2013-10-06: Distribution Release: Point Linux 2.2
 • 2013-06-09: Distribution Release: Point Linux 13.04.1
 • More Point releases...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 3.2
Release Date 2016-06-21 2013-10-09
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop MATE, Xfce MATE
Package Management DEB DEB
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Journaled File Systems    
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes
Full Package List 3.2 2.2
Package 3.2
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib ( 1.0.28 1.0.25
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.2
bind (9.11.1-P3) -- --
chromium (59.0.3071.115) -- --
cups (2.2.4) 1.7.5 1.5.3
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.1 4.2.2
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.12 1.42.5
firefox (54.0.1) 45.2.0 24.0
freetype (2.8) 2.5.2 2.4.9
gcc (7.1.0) 4.9.2 4.7.2
gimp (2.8.22) -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.19 2.13
gnome-shell (3.24.3) -- --
gnucash (2.6.17) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 1.99
gtk+ (3.22.17) 2.24.25 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.27) -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- --
k3b (17.04.3) -- --
kmod (24) 18 9
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.3.4) 4.3.3 4.1.0
linux (4.12.3) 3.16.7 3.2.39
Package 3.2
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.7) -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.8.1 1.4.2
mesa (17.1.5) 10.3.2 8.0.5
mysql (5.7.19) -- --
nautilus ( -- --
NVIDIA (381.22) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (8u131) 7u101 6b27
openssh (7.5p1) 6.7p1 6.0p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.1t 1.0.1e
perl (5.26.0) 5.20.2 5.14.2
php (7.1.7) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- 2.9.6
postgresql (9.6.3) -- --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.9 2.7.3
qt (5.9.1) 4.8.6 4.8.2
samba (4.6.6) -- 3.6.6
systemd (234) 215 --
thunderbird (52.2.1) -- 24.0
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.3
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.4 2.0.3
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.10.2 --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.16.4 1.12.4

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Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-11
Votes: 0

Perfect for my netbook. Nothing runs better. lightweight on resources, yet fully supported. Easy to use, works better than win 7 on this machine. Works best with Firefox browser, so there is a slight drawback.

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Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-04
Votes: 2

An old Sony Vaio VGN-315M was given to me some years ago on which I ran two Linux distributions, until after an update first one, then the other, started spitting out regular bursts of full-volume static from the left speaker roughly every 1.25 seconds*. I then tried about 40 distros and all but two did it. One was Mint 16, and as a long time Mint user I used it, but it expired within a few months and I was stuck for a replacement. Mint 17.x gave loud bursts of static. I tried many fixes without success. Then I found Point. Silence. No bloat. Simple. Everything worked brilliantly. I had to borrow /etc/X11/xorg.conf from Mint 16 to get the legacy nvidia legacy 304xx video driver to work, but it was an easy cut & paste. (I used the same path in Point.)

*Recently I found I could start and stop that static with laptop-mode-tools (manual settings: it was some sort of polling by the kernel).

Point works flawlessly for me, even after two and a half years. Never had a Linux like it before. I've customised a few things, got rid of hibernation, etc, etc. Recently after an update the Point Linux update notifier seemed to go crazy, constantly popping up to say there were updates, when in fact there were none. I finally worked out that it was just trying to say that it wanted to update a file that I had previously version-locked in synaptic. So I changed its configuration file so it would check for updates once a day instead of every 15 minutes. Now at least it doesn't annoy me. (I could also just remove the update notifier.)

Point avoids a software manager by using synaptic directly and quite cleverly. Updates are almost instantaneous. The standard Debian repositories may hold slightly old versions of software, but it is virtually bug-free.

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Version: 3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-01
Votes: 2

A couple of years ago I wanted to change my office computer operating system from
Windows to Linux. I looked at suitable options for a long time. I installed my test machine
for at least 20 different Linux distributions, but there was always something I did not like.
I just wanted it to be stable without any special deals. Several distributions seemed pretty
but the color scheme caused my eyes tired when I worked for a long time. Eventually, I found
Point Linux's at Distrowatch site. I was pleasantly surprised from its simplicity. I also found it
very stable and I have not found any bugs yet. I've been very happy with it and I can fully
recommend it for production use. I can do it all, even though it does not have all the programs
completely new.

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