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DistroWatch.com: wattOS

wattOS

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC


wattOS is a fast desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Using the lightweight Openbox window manager as its default user interface, the distribution strives to be as energy-efficient as possible so that it can be used on low-specification and recycled computers.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 60 (192), 6 months: 69 (159), 3 months: 75 (151), 4 weeks: 68 (149), 1 week: 65 (155)

Average visitor rating: 6.86/10 from 7 review(s).


wattOS Summary
Distribution wattOS
Home Page http://www.planetwatt.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.planetwatt.com/forums
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.planetwatt.com/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://planetwatt.com/new/index.php/downloads/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites  
Reviews R10: Fossbytes
R8: Linux User
R6: Linux UserLunux Za Sve (Croatian)
R5: DarkDuck
R2: FOSSwire
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-09-01: Distribution Release: wattOS R10
 • 2015-05-31: Distribution Release: wattOS R9
 • 2014-05-11: Distribution Release: wattOS R8
 • 2013-10-10: Distribution Release: wattOS R7.5
 • 2012-08-26: Distribution Release: wattOS R6
 • 2012-02-27: Distribution Release: wattOS R5
 • 2011-08-14: Distribution Release: wattOS R4
 • 2011-01-10: Distribution Release: wattOS R3
 • 2010-06-23: Distribution Release: wattOS R2
 • 2009-07-13: Development Release: wattOS 1.0 Beta 3
 • More wattOS releases...

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Feature R10 R9 R8 R7.5 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 Feature
Release Date 2016-09-01 2015-05-31 2014-05-11 2013-10-10 2013-05-28 2012-08-26 2012-02-27 2011-08-13 2011-01-10 2010-06-23 Release Date
End Of Life                     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 642-727                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop i3, LXDE LXDE, Openbox LXDE, MATE, Openbox LXDE, MATE, pekwm LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd SysV Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Init Software
Journaled File Systems     Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                     Multilingual
Asian Language Support                     Asian Language Support
Full Package List r10 r9 r8 r7.5 r7 r6 r5 r4 r3 r2 Full Package List
Package R10 R9 R8 R7.5 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- 2.9.2 2.9.2 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.2 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 1.0.23 1.0.22 alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.780 8.723 ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 bash (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (62.0.3202.62) -- -- -- 28.0.1500.71 25.0.1364.160 18.0.1025.168 -- 12.0.742.112 -- -- chromium (62.0.3202.62)
cups (2.2.5) -- -- 1.5.3 1.6.2 1.6.2 -- 1.5.0 1.4.6 1.4.4 1.4.3 cups (2.2.5)
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.2.2 4.2.4 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 4.1.1-P1 4.1.1-P1 3.1.3 3.1.3 dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.12 1.41.11 e2fsprogs (1.43.7)
firefox (56.0.1) 48.0 38.0 24.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- 3.6.13 3.6.3 firefox (56.0.1)
freetype (2.8.1) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.11 2.4.11 2.4.8 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.4.2 2.3.11 freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 5.3.1 -- 4.7.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.23 2.18 2.18 2.17 2.17 2.15 2.13 2.13 2.12.1 2.11.1 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.1)
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- 1.12.1 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.13 1.10.8 1.10.1 gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 2.00 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99rc1 1.98 1.98 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.24) 3.18.9 3.10.8 3.12.0 3.6.4 3.6.4 3.4.2 3.2.0 2.24.4 2.22.0 2.20.1 gtk+ (3.22.24)
httpd (2.4.28) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.28)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.2)
kmod (24) 22 15 9 9 9 -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 -- 2.32.1 -- -- -- -- -- 2.32.0 2.30.0 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.4.2)
linux (4.13.8) 4.4 3.13 3.13.10 3.8 3.8 3.2 3.0 2.6.38 2.6.35 2.6.32 linux (4.13.8)
Package R10 R9 R8 R7.5 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.1 0.5.0 0.5.5 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.9)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- 1.8.0 1.6.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.2) 11.2.0 10.1.3 10.1.0 9.1.4 9.1.1 8.0.3 7.11 7.10.2 7.9git 7.7.1 mesa (17.2.2)
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.20)
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.90) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 195.36.24 NVIDIA (384.90)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.1 3.4.10 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6b18 openjdk (8u144)
openssh (7.6p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 6.0p1 6.1p1 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 5.8p1 5.5p1 5.3p1 openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1e 1.0.1c 1.0.1c 1.0.1 1.0.0e 0.9.8o 0.9.8o 0.9.8k openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.1) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.12.4 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.1.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.10)
plasma-desktop (5.11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.1)
postfix (3.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.3)
postgresql (10.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.0)
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.6 2.7.4 2.7.4 2.7.3 2.7.2 2.7.1 2.6.6 2.6.5 Python (3.6.3)
qt (5.9.2) 4.8.7 -- 4.8.5 4.8.4 4.8.4 4.8.1 4.7.4 4.7.2 -- -- qt (5.9.2)
samba (4.7.0) -- 4.1.6 3.6.6 -- -- -- 3.5.11 3.5.8 3.5.4 3.4.7 samba (4.7.0)
systemd (235) 229 204 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (235)
thunderbird (52.4.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.4.0)
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- 2.0.3 2.0.8 2.0.6 2.0.3 -- 1.1.9 -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.18.3 1.15.1 1.12.4 1.13.3 1.13.3 1.11.4 1.10.4 1.10.1 1.9.0 1.7.6 xorg-server (1.19.5)

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for wattOS

Average rating
6.9
from 7 review(s)



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Version: R10
Rating: 4
Date: 2017-09-26
Votes: 0


Like the wallpaper...green!

Sort of fast but also my CPU fans are working overtime for some reason with just file manager open. Curious and memory running about 280mb...on a laptop?

Perhaps it's could be a better distribution if Ubuntu was discarded, no need for an extra layer of just bloat.

Has potential but not in it's current state.

Wish them luck!


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: R10
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-09-14
Votes: 10


I having testing and playing around with Microwatt i3 for a bit, and I must say it works quite well. It is very light, from a cold boot it uses 150mb or RAM and while performing tasks it can use up to about 500mb. Microwatt offers a very lean i3wm, the ISO is about 600-odd mb's but comes with the basics to get you started. Obviously i3wm is extremely customisable, so one can rice to their hearts content.

My only issue is that you cannot be 'su', only sudo, this can be a problem for some programmes or applications as su is needed.

Microwatt seems to be quite stable, and has the Debian Synaptic Package Manager available to use, but also being Ubuntu based one can use PPA's which is the noob friendly way of installing certain things.

I hope that the development of Microwatt i3 continues as its a nice experience.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: R10
Rating: 3
Date: 2017-09-06
Votes: 0


Used Watt when it was Debian based and thought it was the fastest distro around. Since returning to Ubuntu and the bloat it has really slowed down. The ram usage unusually high too.

Very common in it's appearance with nothing note worthy to comment on.

Gave a few days of trial run and decided to remove it my machine.

This was once an excellent distro, why the developer decided to go back to something as bloated as Ubuntu strangled the distro.

Wish them luck,




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