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Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 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: 129 (69), 6 months: 161 (56), 3 months: 168 (42), 4 weeks: 151 (42), 1 week: 137 (44)

Average visitor rating: 9.63/10 from 16 review(s).

Star Summary
Distribution Star
Home Page https://sourceforge.net/projects/linnix/
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User Forums https://sourceforge.net/p/linnix/discussion/
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Screenshots https://sourceforge.net/projects/linnix/DistroWatch Gallery
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Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/linnix/tickets/
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Feature 2.0.0 1.0.2
Release Date 2018-06-26 2017-11-05
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 234-548 234-548
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical, Text Graphical, Text
Default Desktop Fluxbox, Openbox, Xfce Fluxbox, i3, JWM, Openbox, Xfce
Package Management DEB (apt) DEB (apt)
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 i586, x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4 Btrfs, ext3, ext4
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 2.0.0 1.0.2
Package 2.0.0 1.0.2
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.3 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.3
bind (9.14.0) -- --
chromium (73.0.3683.103) -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (66.0.3) 52.6.0 45.9.0
freetype (2.10.0) 2.6.3 2.5.2
gcc (8.3.0) -- --
gimp (2.10.10) -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (3.32.1) -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- --
grub (2.02) -- --
gtk (3.24.8) 3.22.11 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.39) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- --
k3b (19.04.0) -- --
kmod (26) 23 18
krita (4.1.8) --  
libreoffice (6.2.3) -- --
linux (5.0.8) 4.9.82 3.16.43
Package 2.0.0 1.0.2
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.3.14) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- --
mesa (19.0.2) 13.0.6 10.3.2
mysql (8.0.15) -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) -- --
NVIDIA (418.56) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- --
openssh (8.0p1) -- --
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.1.0f 1.0.1t
perl (5.28.2) 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.4) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.4) -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- --
postgresql (11.2) -- --
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (5.12.3) -- --
samba (4.10.2) 4.5.12 --
systemd (242) -- --
thunderbird (60.6.1) -- --
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.6) -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.10.2
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.19.2 1.16.4

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Version: 2.0.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-03-13
Votes: 0

It failed to install from USB drive where i loaded .iso using Rufus. Live session works, but during isntall it try to find CD ROM instead of using boot medium.

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Version: 2.0.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-11-26
Votes: 20

STAR based on Devuan is simply one of the best distributions that I've installed. The wide range of distributions is only one aspect of STAR, a truly minimalist approach to Linux.

Pro: Boots up to a mere 145mb of ram at login, that is with a desktop running JWM, have Openbox on my laptop and even lower ram usage.
Very nicely themed and icons, like the dark theme.
Not bloated, just a few nice apps to have to get a user started.
Not an ignored distro, the dev apparently keeps up with upstream releases.
Powerful, robust configuration and dependable, handle whatever you can throw at it.
Fast and responsive, very quick, absolutely no stumbling or delays.

Cons: Some might say wallpaper, never use one but if I did wouldn't be any distros default image. Nothing is better than something you don't want.

Really like STAR, have the same JWM that Devuan Jessie release as an alpha has continually updated without error!
Very impressed with its simplicity, give it a try!

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Version: 2.0.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-11-18
Votes: 3

What a great distro, no wallpaper but runs perfectly without errors. Small distribution based on Devuan ASCII, running Star Xfce. Absolutely a well thought out distribution and super light on cpu resources. Just a hand full of default apps, not bloated at all. Easy enough for the noob with the common Debian installer and yet sophisticated more the more experienced user.

Cons: Theme could use some work, but the overall distro is easily customized to the users liking.

Pro: Too many to list, it is a minimalist dream. Solid and robust and just dependable. No problem throwing whatever on it and it just works!

Highly recommended. Drop by Sourceforge, Star and check out all the available builds. Can't go wrong!

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