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DistroWatch.com: Photon OS

Photon OS

Last Update: 2019-05-10 01:09 UTC


Photon OS is a minimal Linux container host, optimized to run on VMware platforms (though it is capable of running in other environments). Photon OS includes a small number of packages and offers users a command line interface. The default installation will often require less than 100MB of memory to run. The operating system comes with Docker pre-installed.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 252 (28), 6 months: 246 (28), 3 months: 236 (29), 4 weeks: 235 (29), 1 week: 239 (29)

Average visitor rating: 6.5/10 from 2 review(s).


Photon OS Summary
Distribution Photon OS
Home Page https://vmware.github.io/photon/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://github.com/vmware/photon/wiki
Screenshots  
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://github.com/vmware/photon/wiki/Downloading-Photon-OS
Bug Tracker https://github.com/vmware/photon/issues
Related Websites --
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Feature 3.0 2.0 1.0
Release Date 2019-02-07 2017-10-31 2016-06-16
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2500-3800 2200-2300 2100-2200
Free Download ISO, OVA ISO, OVA ISO, OVA
Installation Text Text Text
Default Desktop -- -- --
Package Management rpm-ostree rpm-ostree rpm-ostree
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture arm64, x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext4 ext4
Multilingual -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List 3.0 2.0 1.0
Package 3.0 2.0 1.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.7 -- --
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4.18 4.4 4.3.30
bind (9.15.3) -- -- --
chromium (77.0.3865.75) -- -- --
cups (2.3.0) -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.44.3 1.43.4 1.42.13
firefox (69.0) -- -- --
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 2.7.1 --
gcc (9.2.0) 7.3.0 6.3.0 5.3.0
gimp (2.10.12) -- -- --
glibc (2.30) 2.28 2.26 2.22
gnome-shell (3.34.0) -- -- --
gnucash (3.7) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 2.02
gtk (3.24.11) -- -- --
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.34 2.4.28 2.4.18
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- --
k3b (19.08.1) -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 24 21
krita (4.2.6) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.3.1) -- -- --
linux (5.3) 4.19.15 4.9.53 4.4.8
Package 3.0 2.0 1.0
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- --
mariadb (10.4.8) 10.3.11 10.2.8 --
mate-desktop (1.22.1) -- -- --
mesa (19.1.6) -- -- --
mysql (8.0.17) 8.0.14 5.7.20 --
nautilus (3.34.0) -- -- --
NVIDIA (435.21) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (12.0.2) 10.0.23 8u152 8u92
openssh (8.0p1) 7.8p1 7.5p1 7.1p2
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.0.2q 1.0.2l 1.0.2h
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.0 5.24.1 5.22.1
php (7.3.9) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.4.6) -- -- --
postgresql (11.5) 10.5 9.6.5 9.5.3
Python (3.7.4) 3.7.0 2.7.13 2.7.11
qt (5.13.1) -- -- --
samba (4.10.8) -- -- --
systemd (243) 239 233 228
thunderbird (68.1.0) -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.8) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.14.1) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.5) -- -- --

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6.5
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Version: 1.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-08-24
Votes: 1


Achieves the goal of acting as a lightweight and secure container host. Fairly flexible as well, used in some Pivotal environments and as the base OS for several virtual appliances.


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Version: 1.0
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-08-03
Votes: 0


Average server operating system.Nothing special or different



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