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DistroWatch.com: Refracta


Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 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.

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Average visitor rating: 9.6/10 from 5 review(s).

Refracta Summary
Distribution Refracta
Home Page http://www.ibiblio.org/refracta/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://refracta.freeforums.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.ibiblio.org/refracta/documents.html
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Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/refracta/files/
Bug Tracker --
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Feature 8.3-20170305
Release Date 2017-03-05
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 639-639
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce
Package Management DEB
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite GOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64
Init Software SysV
Journaled File Systems  
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support Yes
Full Package List 8.3-20170305
Package 8.3-20170305
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.0
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3
bind (9.12.0) --
chromium (64.0.3282.167) --
cups (2.2.6) 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.0) 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.9) 1.42.12
firefox (58.0.2) 45.7.0
freetype (2.9) 2.5.2
gcc (7.3.0) 4.9.2
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.14
glibc (2.27) 2.19
gnome-shell (3.26.2) --
gnucash (2.6.19) --
gnumeric (1.12.38) 1.12.18
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.28) 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.29) --
inkscape (0.92.2) --
k3b (17.12.2) --
kmod (25) 18
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (6.0.1) --
linux (4.15.4) 3.16.39
Package 8.3-20170305
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.13) --
mate-desktop (1.20.0) --
mesa (17.3.4) 10.3.2
mysql (5.7.21) --
nautilus (3.26.2) --
NVIDIA (390.25) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (8u161) 7u91
openssh (7.6p1) 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.1t
perl (5.26.1) 5.20.2
php (7.2.2) --
plasma-desktop (5.12.1) --
postfix (3.2.5) --
postgresql (10.2) --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.9
qt (5.10.1) --
samba (4.7.5) --
systemd (237) --
thunderbird (52.6.0) --
vim (8.0) 7.4
vlc (3.0.0) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.10.2
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.16.4

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Version: 8.3-20170305
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-02-15
Votes: 0

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.

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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Version: 8.3-20170305
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-01
Votes: 3

Amazing distro out of the box! I really could not find anything wrong with it.

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Version: 8.3-20170305
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-13
Votes: 5

I installed Refracta on my main PC, dual boot with Windows 7 as a systemd-free alternative for the now
sadly discontinued Manjaro-OpenRC.
It installed in a short time with a installler that gave me the needed options and worked out of the box.
Until now I found every bit of software I was looking for and had it easily installed with the Synaptic-Manager.
So my rating: 10 out of 10! :-)

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