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Porteus

Last Update: 2020-08-09 13:45 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: 111 (98), 6 months: 126 (82), 3 months: 127 (76), 4 weeks: 125 (70), 1 week: 114 (65)

Average visitor rating: 8.36/10 from 28 review(s).


Porteus Summary
Distribution Porteus
Home Page http://www.porteus.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2020-08-09: Development Release: Porteus 5.0 RC2
 • 2019-06-16: Development Release: Porteus 5.0 RC1
 • 2018-04-30: Distribution Release: Porteus 4.0
 • 2018-02-15: Development Release: Porteus 4.0 RC4
 • 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
 • More Porteus releases...

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Feature 5.0-rc2 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Feature
Release Date 2020-08-09 2018-04-30 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 300-500 200-400 200-500               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Xfce Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Xfce 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 XZ XZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- GOffice GOffice -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 i586, x86_64 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
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                     Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 5.0-rc2 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Full Package List
Package 5.0-rc2 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Package
abiword (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 -- -- abiword (3.0.4)
alsa-lib (1.2.4) 1.2.3.2 1.1.6 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 (1.2.4)
ati-driver (20.45) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (20.45)
bash (5.1) 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 bash (5.1)
bind (9.17.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.17.12)
chromium (90.0.4430.212) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (90.0.4430.212)
cups (2.3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.5.4 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 cups (2.3.3)
dhcp (4.4.2) 4.4.2 4.4.1 4.3.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.2)
e2fsprogs (1.46.2) 1.45.6 1.44.1 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 (1.46.2)
firefox (88.0.1) -- -- -- 31.3.0 31.0 21.0 18.0.2 13.0.1 9.0.1 4.0.1 firefox (88.0.1)
freetype (2.10.4) 2.10.2 2.9 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 (2.10.4)
gcc (11.1.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.7.1 4.5.2 4.5.2 4.5.2 gcc (11.1.0)
gimp (2.10.24) -- -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.2 2.8.2 -- -- -- gimp (2.10.24)
glibc (2.33) 2.30 2.27 2.23 2.17 2.17 2.15 2.15 2.13 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.33)
gnome-shell (40.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (40.0)
gnucash (4.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (4.5)
gnumeric (1.12.49) -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.49)
grub (2.04) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.04)
gtk (4.2.1) 3.24.21 3.22.29 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 (4.2.1)
httpd (2.4.46) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.46)
inkscape (1.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.0.2)
k3b (21.04.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.2 2.0.2 k3b (21.04.0)
kmod (28) 27 25 22 18 16 14 12 -- -- -- kmod (28)
krita (4.4.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.4.3)
libreoffice (7.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (7.1.3)
linux (5.12.3) 5.4.57 4.16.3 4.9 3.17 3.14.15 3.9.11 3.7.8 3.4.4 3.1.1 2.6.38.8 linux (5.12.3)
Package 5.0-rc2 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) 0.10.0 0.8.2 -- -- 0.6.1 0.5.12.1 0.5.10 0.5.10 0.5.8 git lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.5.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.5.10)
mate-desktop (1.24.1) 1.22.1 1.20.1 1.16.0 1.9.1 1.7.1 1.7.0 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.24.1)
mesa (21.1.0) 20.1.4 18.0.0 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 (21.1.0)
mysql (8.0.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.25)
nautilus (40.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (40.1)
NVIDIA (465.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (465.27)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 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 (16.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (16.0.1)
openssh (8.6p1) 8.3p1 7.7p1 7.3p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.1p1 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 openssh (8.6p1)
openssl (1.1.1k) 1.1.1g 1.0.2o 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 (1.1.1k)
perl (5.32.1) 5.32.0 5.26.1 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 (5.32.1)
php (8.0.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.0.6)
plasma-desktop (5.21.5) 5.17.5 5.12.3 5.8.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.21.5)
postfix (3.6.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.6.0)
postgresql (13.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (13.2)
Python (3.9.5) 3.8.5 2.7.14 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.5 2.7.3 -- -- 2.6.6 2.6.6 Python (3.9.5)
qt (6.1.0) 5.15.0 5.9.5 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 (6.1.0)
samba (4.14.4) 4.12.5 4.7.6 4.4.5 4.1.0 4.1.0 3.6.8 -- 3.2.4 -- -- samba (4.14.4)
systemd (248.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (248.2)
thunderbird (78.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (78.10.1)
vim (8.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.2)
vlc (3.0.14) -- -- -- -- 2.1.2 2.0.6 -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.14)
xfdesktop (4.16.0) 4.14.2 4.12.4 4.12.3 4.11.8 4.10.2 4.10.2 4.10.0 4.10.0 -- -- xfdesktop (4.16.0)
xorg-server (1.20.11) 1.20.8 1.19.6 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 (1.20.11)

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Version: 5.0-rc2
Rating: 8
Date: 2021-03-18
Votes: 1


This system is indeed fast like the previous versions. The LXQT version is very clean and neat. Overall the menus are very simple and they have only a handful of the most useful programs installed. However, I was disappointed to see that there was no USM (Universal Package Manager) no longer being developed in this version 5 rc-2. This leaves me wondering how the heck would I update this distro? A package manager or update function is probably one of the most important elements of ANY distro. Other than that, this is a very decent modular style distro.


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Version: 5.0-rc2
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-11-09
Votes: 2


Lightweight live distros don't get much better than this! Tried the Cinnamon and KDE editions, both perform well but prefer Cinnamon here for its polished simplicity which suits this distro well.
I really only want to use Porteus for quick portable web browsing which is obviously its main purpose. Boot times are fast even on older hardware, and memory/cpu useage good for live system. Installed latest Firefox from the browser chooser menu, easily created module to boot with system and all works superbly + no hassle streaming HD video.
There are methods available for downloading additional software from Slackware repos, but the standard inclusions are pretty impressive for such a light distro.
Security seems good with a comprehensive firewall gui and password protection for user & root access.
Overall a great alternative to Puppy or EasyOS offering a choice of desktops.



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Version: 5.0-rc2
Rating: 4
Date: 2020-10-18
Votes: 0


This distro felt young to me, especially the KDE DE I'm using. I tried installing it on a 4GB SD card and it won't boot even on RAM.

I am using an Acer Aspire 4732z from 2009 with 1GB RAM and I can't install KDE into my 64GB sd card, which I wanted to make a portable OS. LXDE works fine but I don't like the blue corners of the UI. This distro kinda gives me a headache to install and is not recommended for those who wanted to move from windows to linux. There's even a graphical glitch in the KDE version of Porteus.

I'll wait for another year to reinstall this OS back. Hope they'll improve it someday even more.

It's a great OS, I actually liked it! *thumbs up*


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