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Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:03 UTC

Star is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Devuan GNU/Linux. Star is available in a range of editions, each featuring a lightweight desktop environment. Star is small enough to fit on a CD and uses SysV init software.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 182 (44), 6 months: 206 (38), 3 months: 201 (35), 4 weeks: 204 (31), 1 week: 224 (27)

Average visitor rating: 9.63/10 from 8 review(s).

Star Summary
Distribution Star
Home Page https://sourceforge.net/projects/linnix/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://sourceforge.net/p/linnix/discussion/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation --
Screenshots https://sourceforge.net/projects/linnix/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/linnix/files/
Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/linnix/tickets/
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Feature 1.0.2
Release Date 2017-11-05
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 234-548
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical, Text
Default Desktop Fluxbox, i3, JWM, Openbox, Xfce
Package Management DEB (apt)
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64
Init Software other
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List 1.0.2
Package 1.0.2
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3
bind (9.13.1) --
chromium (67.0.3396.87) --
cups (2.2.8) 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.42.12
firefox (60.0.2) 45.9.0
freetype (2.9.1) 2.5.2
gcc (8.1.0) --
gimp (2.10.2) --
glibc (2.27) 2.19
gnome-shell (3.28.2) --
gnucash (3.1-1) --
gnumeric (1.12.41) --
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.33) --
inkscape (0.92.3) --
k3b (18.04.2) --
kmod (25) 18
krita (4.0.4)  
libreoffice (6.0.4) --
linux (4.17.2) 3.16.43
Package 1.0.2
lxpanel (0.9.3) --
mariadb (10.3.7) --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) --
mesa (18.1.2) 10.3.2
mysql (8.0.11) --
nautilus (3.28.1) --
NVIDIA (396.24) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (10.0.1) --
openssh (7.7p1) --
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.1t
perl (5.26.2) 5.20.2
php (7.2.6) --
plasma-desktop (5.13.1) --
postfix (3.3.1) --
postgresql (10.4) --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.9
qt (5.11.1) --
samba (4.8.2) --
systemd (238) --
thunderbird (52.8.0) --
vim (8.1) 7.4
vlc (3.0.3) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.10.2
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.16.4

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Version: 1.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-05-18
Votes: 0

-no systemd
-multiple minimal window managers to choose from
-huge repository (thanks to debian/devuan)
-low maintenance
-none :D

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Version: 1.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-29
Votes: 17

Run Star JWM 32 bit, appreciate the developer's consideration for those who still use 32 bit for the many different reasons. Have an older computer myself.

Extremely fast while booting into about 135 mb of memory usage with the desktop.

Nicely themed OOTB, other themes to choose from. JWM has been my long-term favorite Window Manager and really like what Star has to offer in configuration.

Very minimal in approach, has everything for anyone to get started, Overall rate Star very high because of the Devuan base and super stable.

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Version: 1.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-25
Votes: 8

Very nice Devuan derivative, very happy with all aspects of the distribution.

Minimalist dream, fast, low memory usage and complimented with a few default application to get any user started, not a bloated distribution.

Familiar welcome-screen provides additional applications for the user, nice addition.

Dark themed, easy on the eyes for me and popular, also additional themes for easy customization via Lxappearance.

Overall very content running Star Fluxbox, although use 64 bit only, pleased to see Star offers 32 bit JWM.

Recommend giving Star a test drive with additional derivatives, Openbox, Fluxbox, JWM, i3, net install, and Xfce.

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