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Refracta

Last Update: 2018-09-13 18:17 UTC


Refracta is a Linux distribution based on Devuan GNU+Linux (a systemd-free fork of Debian), designed primarily for home computer users and also for use as a system rescue and recovery disk. It provides a simple and familiar layout using the Xfce desktop. Other desktop environments and additional software packages are available from the Devuan package repository. Besides providing a Linux distribution on a live CD, the project also develops useful tools, such as refractainstaller, refractasnapshot and refracta2usb which allow users to customize the installation and create custom live CD or live USB images.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 178 (45), 6 months: 155 (51), 3 months: 144 (55), 4 weeks: 98 (115), 1 week: 56 (174)

Average visitor rating: 9.71/10 from 7 review(s).


Refracta Summary
Distribution Refracta
Home Page http://www.ibiblio.org/refracta/
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User Forums http://refracta.freeforums.org/
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Documentation http://www.ibiblio.org/refracta/documents.html
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Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/refracta/files/
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  • 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.
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Debian 9.5.0$5.95
openSUSE 15.0$5.95
Manjaro 17.1.11$5.95
Fedora 28$5.95
MX Linux 17.1$5.95
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Feature 9-beta3 8.3-20170305
Release Date 2018-09-12 2017-03-05
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 300-700 600-700
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- GOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems    
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes
Full Package List 9-beta3 8.3-20170305
Package 9-beta3 8.3-20170305
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.0
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.3 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.3) -- --
chromium (69.0.3497.100) -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (62.0.2) 52.9.0 45.7.0
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 2.5.2
gcc (8.2.0) 6.3.0 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.6) 2.8.18 2.8.14
glibc (2.28) 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (3.30.0) -- --
gnucash (3.2) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- 1.12.18
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.24.1) 2.24.31 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.35) -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- --
k3b (18.08.1) -- --
kmod (25) 23 18
krita (4.1.1) -- --
libreoffice (6.1.1) -- --
linux (4.18.9) 4.9.110 3.16.39
Package 9-beta3 8.3-20170305
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- --
mariadb (10.3.9) -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- --
mesa (18.2.1) 13.0.6 10.3.2
mysql (8.0.12) -- --
nautilus (3.30.0) -- --
NVIDIA (396.54) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) -- 7u91
openssh (7.8p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1) 1.1.0f 1.0.1t
perl (5.28.0) 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.2.10) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.5) -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- --
postgresql (10.5) -- --
Python (3.7.0) 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (5.11.2) 5.7.1 --
samba (4.9.0) -- --
systemd (239) -- --
thunderbird (60.0) -- --
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.4) -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.10.2
xorg-server (1.20.1) 1.19.2 1.16.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.7
from 7 review(s)



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Version: 9-beta2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-27
Votes: 2


My primary machine (Core i3) runs Fedora 28 and it's fine, but I spend most of my computing time on my old Core 2 Duo running Refracta. Originally, I just intended to upgrade the OS on my spare machine; I guess I got hooked on the magic. Anyway, real time performance is comparable since Refracta is amazing on resources.


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Version: 9-beta2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-04-19
Votes: 4


I just made the easiest and most precise installation I have ever made in my life.
The power of Debian, the freedom to choose an init system, less than half the resources to boot, and the easiness of having OpenRC keeping an eye on the system's services and daemons. What else can anyone ever ask from linux?

This is the dream come true. Two years ago nobody really believed this was possible. And whatever happened with Debian live installer? It never worked? Take some lessons from Refracta!


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 8.3-20170305
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-02-15
Votes: 3


A friend handed me a CD... "Boot this Linux" !
A CD ? Oh no, he's discovered an old DSL, Puppy, or some other mini-distro.

WOW !
I've been so busy trying to get the latest/greatest gizmo-distro to boot with grubworm version 999,
and another distro to print on a new printer, and another to stop demanding a password at every
click of a mouse, and,,, its a long list !

So... I've never heard of "Devuan" or "Refracta", so it was a gee-whizz experience.
The CD was marked 64-bit, so my first go was a cheapo Dell AMD laptop - WOW - perfect.
Next was a HP with 4gb ram & big screen - WOW - perfect.
The third test was an IBM think-thing with a USB-CD (no DVD) drive - (no WOW), but perfect.
Fourth test was 27" iMac. - no boot - Acts like CD was not recognized.

Oh well, 3 outta 4 is my highest score to date.
I have over a dozen running distros, none of which have ever scored 4 outta 4.

I am so impressed that the 2018 version 9 is now down-loading, and I can't wait.
It could be a 10 !








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