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wattOS is a fast desktop Linux distribution based on Debian. Using the lightweight Openbox window manager as its default user interface, the distribution strives to be as energy-efficient as possible so that it can be used on low-specification and recycled computers.

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Average visitor rating: 8.38/10 from 8 review(s).


wattOS Summary
Distribution wattOS
Home Page https://www.planetwatt.com/
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Reviews R10: Fossbytes
R6: Lunux Za Sve (Croatian)
R5: DarkDuck
R2: FOSSwire
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  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2022-11-18: Distribution Release: wattOS R12
 • 2016-09-01: Distribution Release: wattOS R10
 • 2015-05-31: Distribution Release: wattOS R9
 • 2014-05-11: Distribution Release: wattOS R8
 • 2013-10-10: Distribution Release: wattOS R7.5
 • 2012-08-26: Distribution Release: wattOS R6
 • 2012-02-27: Distribution Release: wattOS R5
 • 2011-08-14: Distribution Release: wattOS R4
 • 2011-01-10: Distribution Release: wattOS R3
 • 2010-06-23: Distribution Release: wattOS R2
 • 2009-07-13: Development Release: wattOS 1.0 Beta 3
 • More wattOS releases...

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Feature R12 R10 R9 R8 R7.5 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 Feature
Release Date 2022-11-17 2016-09-01 2015-05-31 2014-05-11 2013-10-10 2013-05-28 2012-08-26 2012-02-27 2011-08-13 2011-01-10 2010-06-23 Release Date
End Of Life                       End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 1200-1300 600-800                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop LXDE i3, LXDE LXDE, Openbox LXDE, MATE, Openbox LXDE, MATE, pekwm LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd SysV Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext4     Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                       Multilingual
Asian Language Support                       Asian Language Support
Full Package List r12 r10 r9 r8 r7.5 r7 r6 r5 r4 r3 r2 Full Package List
Package R12 R10 R9 R8 R7.5 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- 2.9.2 2.9.2 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.2 abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.4 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 1.0.23 1.0.22 alsa-lib (1.2.9)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 19.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.780 8.723 amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.15) 5.1 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 bash (5.2.15)
bind (9.18.15) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.15)
chromium (114.0.5735.90) -- -- -- -- 28.0.1500.71 25.0.1364.160 18.0.1025.168 -- 12.0.742.112 -- -- chromium (114.0.5735.90)
cups (2.4.3) -- -- -- 1.5.3 1.6.2 1.6.2 -- 1.5.0 1.4.6 1.4.4 1.4.3 cups (2.4.3)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.1 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.2.2 4.2.4 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 4.1.1-P1 4.1.1-P1 3.1.3 3.1.3 dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.46.2 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.12 1.41.11 e2fsprogs (1.47.0)
firefox (113.0.2) 102.4.0 48.0 38.0 24.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- 3.6.13 3.6.3 firefox (113.0.2)
freetype (2.13.0) 2.10.4 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.11 2.4.11 2.4.8 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.4.2 2.3.11 freetype (2.13.0)
gcc (13.1.0) 10.2.1 5.3.1 -- 4.7.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (13.1.0)
gimp (2.10.34) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.34)
glibc (2.37) 2.31 2.23 2.18 2.18 2.17 2.17 2.15 2.13 2.13 2.12.1 2.11.1 glibc (2.37)
gnome-shell (44.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (44.2)
gnucash (5.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.1)
gnumeric (1.12.55) -- -- -- -- -- 1.12.1 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.13 1.10.8 1.10.1 gnumeric (1.12.55)
grub (2.06) 2.06 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 2.00 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99rc1 1.98 1.98 grub (2.06)
gtk (4.10.3) 3.24.24 3.18.9 3.10.8 3.12.0 3.6.4 3.6.4 3.4.2 3.2.0 2.24.4 2.22.0 2.20.1 gtk (4.10.3)
httpd (2.4.57) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.57)
inkscape (1.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.2.2)
k3b (23.04.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (23.04.1)
kmod (30) 28 22 15 9 9 9 -- -- -- -- -- kmod (30)
krita (5.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.1.5)
libreoffice (7.5.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (7.5.3)
linux (6.3.5) 5.10.149 4.4 3.13 3.13.10 3.8 3.8 3.2 3.0 2.6.38 2.6.35 2.6.32 linux (6.3.5)
Package R12 R10 R9 R8 R7.5 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) 0.10.1 0.99.1 0.5.0 0.5.5 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 0.5.0 lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.11.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.11.3)
mate-desktop (1.26.1) -- -- -- 1.8.0 1.6.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.1)
mesa (23.1.1) 20.3.5 11.2.0 10.1.3 10.1.0 9.1.4 9.1.1 8.0.3 7.11 7.10.2 7.9git 7.7.1 mesa (23.1.1)
mysql (8.0.33) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.33)
nautilus (44.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (44.2)
NVIDIA (530.41.03) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 195.36.24 NVIDIA (530.41.03)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.1 3.4.10 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (20.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6b18 openjdk (20.0.1)
openssh (9.3p1) 8.4p1 7.2p2 6.6p1 6.0p1 6.1p1 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 5.8p1 5.5p1 5.3p1 openssh (9.3p1)
openssl (3.1.1) 1.1.1n 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1e 1.0.1c 1.0.1c 1.0.1 1.0.0e 0.9.8o 0.9.8o 0.9.8k openssl (3.1.1)
perl (5.36.1) 5.32.1 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.12.4 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 perl (5.36.1)
php (8.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.2.6)
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.27.5)
postfix (3.8.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.8.0)
postgresql (15.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (15.3)
Python (3.11.3) 3.9.2 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.6 2.7.4 2.7.4 2.7.3 2.7.2 2.7.1 2.6.6 2.6.5 Python (3.11.3)
qt (6.5.1) 5.15.2 4.8.7 -- 4.8.5 4.8.4 4.8.4 4.8.1 4.7.4 4.7.2 -- -- qt (6.5.1)
samba (4.18.3) -- -- 4.1.6 3.6.6 -- -- -- 3.5.11 3.5.8 3.5.4 3.4.7 samba (4.18.3)
systemd (253.5) 247.3 229 204 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (253.5)
thunderbird (102.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (102.11.2)
vim (9.0) 8.2 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2 vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.18) 3.0.17.4 -- -- 2.0.3 2.0.8 2.0.6 2.0.3 -- 1.1.9 -- -- vlc (3.0.18)
wayland (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.8) 1.20.11 1.18.3 1.15.1 1.12.4 1.13.3 1.13.3 1.11.4 1.10.4 1.10.1 1.9.0 1.7.6 xorg-server (21.1.8)

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Version: R12
Rating: 5
Date: 2023-04-04
Votes: 2


I installed this on an Dell Latitude E-6500. The install was easy enough and it does run with a very light "footprint" However there are some issues. There is no Date and Time adjustment, NTP function, driver manager or print support installed by default. These can be installed after the OS install, but you'd expect these basic functions to be installed by default. Flatpak applications do not integrate with the system menu, even when installed through the Gnome software manager. I couldn't recommend this Distro for a novice. Watt OS R-12 is still a "work in progress".


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Version: R12
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-03-25
Votes: 4


...I give it a 9 but should be a 10...It is LXDE and one of the LAST of a dying linux breed of "flavors". I'm a SENIOR and have been using LINUX since LINDOWS - and prefer openbox simplicity and clean looks, its highly configurable! I realize WattOs is made for lightweight, but a package update notifier is lacking - it is available in SYNAPTIC though! As to printer hookup, well, printers are using driverless printing today and CUPS is changing things...wirelessly, etc. Debian #11 should last a while for now... Works on my Lenovo thinkpad T540P and plan to install on several seniors towers as their primary OS in the NEAR future. Most are older models of i3-i5 chipsets with stock memory. Other than that, for the average surfer and user - WattOS is a WAVE above for me!
Much appreciative this OS has been REVITALIZED to todays LINUX standards of "CHOICE"...


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Version: R12
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-02-18
Votes: 1


I run an older laptop, so am always looking at light distros that don't tax the system too much, and wattOS seem to fit the bill quite nicely.

I appreciate as well that the default selection of apps is small, as otherwise I tend to spend a great deal of time uninstalling apps that I don't need (since boomer me is not a working power user, that means that many of the apps you might find necessary are just landfill for me). But since we are using the massive Debian repos, and Synaptic is installed, everything that you might need should be there at your fingertips. You don't even have to drop to CLI to get it done.

In my trials I didn't push the envelope much, but did use it to test out some items that I had heard interesting things about (like the Brave and Min browsers). In my runs in installing various the things that I tend to use, Synaptic would occasionally throw up a caution/error message where something failed to run due to incorrect permissions and rights, yet everything seemed to install and run none-the-less. Therefore I didn't delve into any possible issues there.

So overall, I found R12 to be a quite capable desktop experience that didn't throw me any curves or lead me into any dead ends. On that I can recommend it to folks. Really, the only thing keeping me from hitting a 10 on the meter is the init software, and I know that sort of outs me as an outlier. But to the average user with average needs, this distro is solid and capable.




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