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Last Update: 2018-05-01 11:58 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.

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Average visitor rating: 8.11/10 from 27 review(s).

Porteus Summary
Distribution Porteus
Home Page http://www.porteus.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forum.porteus.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://porteus.org/docs.html
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Download Mirrors http://build.porteus.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2014-03-11: Distribution Release: Porteus 3.0
 • 2014-02-07: Development Release: Porteus 3.0 RC2
 • More Porteus releases...

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Feature 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Feature
Release Date 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 200-400 200-500               Image Size (MB)
Free Download 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, 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 Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- GOffice GOffice -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture 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 Init Software
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                   Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Full Package List
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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-01
Votes: 1

I am using Porteus more than 1 year , it's very very well...
one of the most great features that make Porteus a God among another distros is being modular !
With Modular feature and great Porteus Forum and developers we always have up-to-date kernel...
Now that I'm writing this review my Porteus is running on 5.0.0 rc 8 kernel ! cheers porteus developers...
In a word , Porteus is GREAT.

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-02-15
Votes: 0

I have been using Lubuntu 18.04 on my live USB with persistent data for a while, but as soon as I hard reset (without letting it reboot normally) everything goes bonkers (because with persistent data you need to restart for changes to take effect). Having to reinstall and download the apps through the software center/terminal everytime it happened was a hassle, and considering they changed desktop enviroment, I was in need of another USB live distro with LXDE Desktop Enviroment (since it's the one I've the most experience with)

Porteus gets the job done, this distro was made for USB drives, no contest. I've made a little list of pros Porteus has over Lubuntu with persistent data, if anyone is interested:

- Smaller ISO size, so more USB drives available to install it on.
- Boots faster than Lubuntu (understandable since Lubuntu is meant to install on HDD).
- Can encrypt persistent data.
- Easier way to backup persistent data to HDD (normally I keep the ".dat" file on the same USB so I can use on other computers).
- Barely any programs, which means you can customize it the programs you and only you use (for example I use Waterfox instead of Firefox so I can save even more space by not having Firefox on the ISO), Modules and AppImages are an amazing way of doing this.
- Survives crashes (boots to desktop as if nothing happened).
- You can get all your programs working without the need of using internet, provided you already downloaded the Modules/AppImages to your HDD beforehand, good for people with limited internet or data plans.
- PrintScreen Key has a menu which allows you to resize screenshots (Lubuntu just saves the whole screen to another folder without letting you know).

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-02-14
Votes: 0

I wanted to like this distro, but I found it a bit un-intuitive -- the USM, for example. What really got me disappointed is the less than simple way to create a bootable USB. The instructions on the website for crating a USB from an existing Linux system failed to produce a bootable USB. Then the instruction on the same website for crating a bootable USB from Porteus CD also failed to produce a bootable USB. I finally found the correct instruction and was able to create a USB. For every other distro, I was able to easily crate a bootable USB with simply using dd if= of=/dev/sdb. Of course this does not work for Porteus.

Once I got it running I liked the speed and the simplicity, but I did not like the USM. I guess that is the Slackware aspect of it. I was able to install some packages, but the whole thing about the databases was confusing. I did not get the concept of Slackware packages vs. Porteus packages. Maybe if I took more time to understand it, I'd like it better, but I was turned off that it was not more intuitive. I did not want to invest the time to learn it especially given the faulty information on the website about USB media creation. I did like the system-info program. It tells you everything about your system in one place -- that is a 10.

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