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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.



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Average visitor rating: 7.13/10 from 16 review(s).



wattOS Summary
Distribution wattOS
Home Page http://www.planetwatt.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.planetwatt.com/forums
Alternative User Forums
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
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

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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  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "kde-workspace" and "plasma-desktop" packages and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • 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.

Feature R10 R9 R8
Release Date 2016-09-01 2015-05-31 2014-05-11
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 642-727    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop i3, LXDE LXDE, Openbox LXDE, MATE, Openbox
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd SysV
Journaled File Systems     Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual      
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List r10 r9 r8
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3 4.2
bind (9.13.1) -- -- --
chromium (67.0.3396.87) -- -- --
cups (2.2.8) -- -- 1.5.3
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.2.2
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42.5
firefox (60.0.2) 48.0 38.0 24.5.0
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.9
gcc (8.1.0) 5.3.1 -- 4.7.2
gimp (2.10.2) -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.23 2.18 2.18
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- -- --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.18.9 3.10.8 3.12.0
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.04.2) -- -- --
kmod (25) 22 15 9
krita (4.0.4)      
libreoffice (6.0.4) -- -- --
linux (4.17.2) 4.4 3.13 3.13.10
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.99.1 0.5.0 0.5.5
mariadb (10.3.7) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- 1.8.0
mesa (18.1.2) 11.2.0 10.1.3 10.1.0
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- --
NVIDIA (396.24) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 6.0p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1e
perl (5.26.2) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2
php (7.2.6) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.1) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.6
qt (5.11.1) 4.8.7 -- 4.8.5
samba (4.8.2) -- 4.1.6 3.6.6
systemd (238) 229 204 --
thunderbird (52.8.0) -- -- --
vim (8.1) 7.4 7.4 7.3
vlc (3.0.3) -- -- 2.0.3
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.18.3 1.15.1 1.12.4

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Version: R10
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-06-17
Votes: 3


IMO *very* underrated.

I Installed Microwatt as I was looking for an out-of-the-box i3wm experience and having tested other distros who also provide something similar, I came to the conclusion the Microwatt was the lightest by miles. I do not need all the bells and whistles, just something semi configured that I can add to / customise.

I love Microwatt's minimalist approach, and it works nicely on my older hardware, only using 170mb RAM from cold boot, when doing something more heavy like browsing the web - Startpage Web Search (the default browser) I use between 300/400mb!

I hope the dev will see this, I am looking forward to R11.

Regards.


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Version: R10
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-05-29
Votes: 2


Really like WattOS lxde, moved from BunsenLabs for a lighter distribution.

Bottom line with Watt's is that it simply works OOTB and easy to configure. Very nice people on the forum too.
Would like to join the forum but find what I need to know by just browsing.

Not a super fan of Ubuntu, but let that go because it is a nice OS. Wish WattOS success with R11 and wait for its release.
Thanks


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Version: R10
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-03-02
Votes: 7


Terrible network support: I usually have to reboot or hotplug up to 3 times to get an internet connection.

Otherwise, it's OK.

I'm considering moving to #!++, which just works.


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