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DistroWatch.com: Porteus

Porteus

Last Update: 2016-12-29 23:57 UTC


Porteus is a fast, portable and modular live CD/USB medium based on Slackware Linux. The distribution started as a community remix of Slax, another Slackware-based live CD, with KDE 3 as the default desktop for the i486 edition and a stripped-down KDE 4 as the desktop environment for the x86_64 flavour. The lightweight LXDE is available as an alternative desktop environment.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 70 (176), 6 months: 73 (174), 3 months: 97 (139), 4 weeks: 102 (125), 1 week: 95 (119)

Average visitor rating: 5.5/10 from 4 review(s).


Porteus Summary
Distribution Porteus
Home Page http://www.porteus.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forum.porteus.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://porteus.org/docs.html
Screenshots http://porteus.org/info/screens.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://build.porteus.org/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-12-29: Distribution Release: Porteus 3.2.2
 • 2016-09-10: Development Release: Porteus 3.2 RC5
 • 2016-06-08: Development Release: Porteus 3.2 RC3
 • 2016-05-08: Development Release: Porteus 3.2 RC2
 • 2014-12-09: Distribution Release: Porteus 3.1
 • 2014-11-16: Development Release: Porteus 3.1 RC2
 • 2014-10-19: Development Release: Porteus 3.1 RC1
 • 2014-08-05: Distribution Release: Porteus 3.0.1
 • 2014-03-11: Distribution Release: Porteus 3.0
 • 2014-02-07: Development Release: Porteus 3.0 RC2
 • 2013-12-24: Development Release: Porteus 3.0 RC1
 • 2013-08-09: Distribution Release: Porteus 2.1
 • More Porteus releases...

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Feature 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Feature
Release Date 2016-12-29 2014-12-09 2014-08-05 2013-08-09 2013-02-20 2012-07-04 2012-01-08 2011-06-23 Release Date
End Of Life                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 CDs
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, MATE, Xfce KDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce KDE, LXDE, MATE, Razor-qt, Xfce KDE, LXDE, MATE, Razor-qt, Xfce KDE, LXDE, Razor-qt, Xfce Trinity, KDE, LXDE, Xfce Trinity, KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ Package Management
Office Suite -- -- -- -- GOffice GOffice -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                 Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Full Package List
Package 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4) 1.1.1 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.26 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 alsa-lib (1.1.4)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.1)
chromium (58.0.3029.110) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (58.0.3029.110)
cups (2.2.3) -- -- -- -- 1.5.4 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.1 1.42.12 1.42.8 1.42.8 1.42.6 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.14 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (53.0.3) -- 31.3.0 31.0 21.0 18.0.2 13.0.1 9.0.1 4.0.1 firefox (53.0.3)
freetype (2.8) 2.6.3 2.5.0.1 2.5.0.1 2.4.11 2.4.11 2.4.10 2.4.4 2.4.4 freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.1.0) -- -- -- -- 4.7.1 4.5.2 4.5.2 4.5.2 gcc (7.1.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.2 2.8.2 -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.25) 2.23 2.17 2.17 2.15 2.15 2.13 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.2)
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.15) 3.18.9 2.24.20 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10 2.24.4 2.24.4 2.24.4 gtk+ (3.22.15)
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.2 2.0.2 k3b (17.04.1)
kmod (24) 22 18 16 14 12 -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.3.3)
linux (4.11.3) 4.9 3.17 3.14.15 3.9.11 3.7.8 3.4.4 3.1.1 2.6.38.8 linux (4.11.3)
Package 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 git lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.6)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.16.0 1.9.1 1.7.1 1.7.0 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.1) 11.2.2 10.3.3 10.1.0 9.1.6 9.0.2 7.10.2 7.10.2 7.10.2 mesa (17.1.1)
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (381.22)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.2 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u131) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.3p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.1p1 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2j 1.0.1j 1.0.1h 1.0.1e 1.0.1d 0.9.8x 0.9.8r 0.9.8r openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.2 5.18.1 5.18.1 5.16.3 5.16.1 5.14.0 5.12.3 5.12.3 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.5)
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) 5.8.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.5)
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.5 2.7.3 -- -- 2.6.6 2.6.6 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.7.0 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.8.4 4.8.4 4.8.2 4.7.4 4.7.0 qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.4) 4.4.5 4.1.0 4.1.0 3.6.8 -- 3.2.4 -- -- samba (4.6.4)
systemd (233) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.1.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.1.1)
vim (8.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- 2.1.2 2.0.6 -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 4.11.8 4.10.2 4.10.2 4.10.0 4.10.0 -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.3 1.14.5 1.14.5 1.12.4 1.12.3 1.9.5 1.9.5 1.9.5 xorg-server (1.19.3)

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
5.5
from 4 review(s)



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Version: 3.2.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-05-17
Votes: 0


Have been using it for almost 60 days now.
It's somewhat tricky to begin with, I've installed it 4 times.
I like the Xfce version the most. KDE is okej, but I hate windows 8 and 10 and this feels a bit like that-
MATE and cinnamon were nor working as I would like, but Xfce did. I guess you have to try them all.

pros: really nice and easy, once you get the feeling for how the modules work. Slax brought to perfection!

cons: I miss a photo editor by default. I know, I can creat a module, but that shouldn't be too big to include by default.

Excellent. Love it more and more!


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Version: 3.2.2
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-05-02
Votes: 0


I really like it!

Now I'm just taking an USB in pocket and can use any PC I can grab.
That's great!

Pros: It's with me all the time so I can use "my own PC" where ever I go, kind of, provided that I'm allowed to boot from an USB.

Cons: A bit tricky to configure, but hey... I'm learning a lot.


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Version: 3.2.2
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-04-29
Votes: 0


Ok! So I'm new to slackware, but did it.
I'm using the MATE version on a 8Gb usb.
I kind of like it! Bring it with me everywhere and use it where I want.
Still kind of raw, but I'm getting used to it.

Pros: Portability, taking my system where I go. Easy to configure the desktop. If your planning to use it, I would recommend formating the usb as ext2/3 or 4 and have a swap partition as well. Fat32 only gave me headache.

Cons: Lacks a lot of the stuff, but hej it's portable. Maybe I do need to get used to slackware as well. Or find a Ubuntu alternative.



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