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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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 88 (135), 6 months: 108 (95), 3 months: 130 (82), 4 weeks: 128 (68), 1 week: 119 (65)

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 23 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
Screenshots http://porteus.org/info/screens.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://build.porteus.org/
Bug Tracker --
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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: 2018-10-24
Votes: 7

Thats the best slackware based OS!

Its very easy to use, fast and full of tools!

I just love this thing, using mate version!

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-08-13
Votes: 8

Xfce flavour.

The Porteus devs claim it is 'insanely fast', well it most certainly is, even with Xfce bolted on top it is really snappy on a crappy old Atom-based netbook from 2008. I thought AntiX was fast until I tried Porteus. But the best bit is it is a full distro with a huge repository for more programs.

Only my second 10/10 on DW, but well worth it as I found no bugs or quirks (once I got used to transferring newly installed stuff from /temp to the container) and it's like my useless old netbook is now on steroids.

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-07-19
Votes: 11

Fastest cinnamon and kde5 ever! And amazing kde takes only 350MB!!
not to mention both desktops are very beautiful.
I love the kde desktop especially. and the forum is freiendly too with lots of additional software "modules". Very good for a iso in a usb drive to carry around in ur pocket.

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