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wattOS


Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 UTC


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: 8.94/10 from 18 review(s).


wattOS Summary
Distribution wattOS
Home Page https://www.planetwatt.com/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-12-30: Distribution Release: wattOS R13
 • 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 R13 R12 R10 R9 R8 R7.5 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 Feature
Release Date 2023-12-30 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 1200-1300 1200-1300 600-800                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO 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 Graphical Installation
Default Desktop LXDE 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 DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed 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 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 systemd SysV Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext4 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 r13 r12 r10 r9 r8 r7.5 r7 r6 r5 r4 r3 r2 Full Package List
Package R13 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 (1.2.11) -- 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 (1.2.11)
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- 19.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.780 8.723 amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.1 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.27)
chromium (125.0.6422.112) -- -- -- -- -- 28.0.1500.71 25.0.1364.160 18.0.1025.168 -- 12.0.742.112 -- -- chromium (125.0.6422.112)
cups (2.4.8) 2.4.2 -- -- -- 1.5.3 1.6.2 1.6.2 -- 1.5.0 1.4.6 1.4.4 1.4.3 cups (2.4.8)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 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 (1.47.1) 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 (1.47.1)
firefox (126.0) 115.6.0 102.4.0 48.0 38.0 24.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- 3.6.13 3.6.3 firefox (126.0)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 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 (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) 12.2.0 10.2.1 5.3.1 -- 4.7.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) 2.36 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 (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.1)
gnucash (5.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.6)
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.12.1 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.13 1.10.8 1.10.1 gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) 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 (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) 4.8.3 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 (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.59) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.59)
inkscape (1.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.1)
k3b (24.05.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.0)
kmod (32) 30 28 22 15 9 9 9 -- -- -- -- -- kmod (32)
krita (5.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.2)
LibreOffice (24.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LibreOffice (24.2.3)
linux (6.9.2) 6.1.67 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 (6.9.2)
Package R13 R12 R10 R9 R8 R7.5 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) 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 (11.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.2.3)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- -- -- 1.8.0 1.6.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.0) 22.3.6 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 (24.1.0)
mysql (8.4.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.4.0)
nautilus (46.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (46.1)
NVIDIA (550.78) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 195.36.24 NVIDIA (550.78)
openbox (3.6.1) 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 (22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6b18 openjdk (22)
openssh (9.7p1) 9.2p1 8.4p1 7.2p2 6.6p1 6.0p1 6.1p1 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 5.8p1 5.5p1 5.3p1 openssh (9.7p1)
openssl (3.3.0) 3.0.11d 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 (3.3.0)
perl (5.38.2) 5.36.0 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 (5.38.2)
php (8.3.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.3.7)
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.0.5)
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (16.3)
Python (3.12.3) 3.11.2 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 (3.12.3)
qt (6.7.1) 5.15.8 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 (6.7.1)
samba (4.20.1) 4.17.12 -- -- 4.1.6 3.6.6 -- -- -- 3.5.11 3.5.8 3.5.4 3.4.7 samba (4.20.1)
systemd (255.6) 252.19 247.3 229 204 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (255.6)
thunderbird (125.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (125.0)
vim (9.1) 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 (9.1)
vlc (3.0.20) -- 3.0.17.4 -- -- 2.0.3 2.0.8 2.0.6 2.0.3 -- 1.1.9 -- -- vlc (3.0.20)
wayland (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.7 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 (21.1.13)

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Version: R13
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-05-19
Votes: 1



Installed on an old HP/Compaq DC5700 with 4 gigs of ram, stock GPU, 80 GB Hard Drive, and a Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz. Shocked how well WattOS runs. I have tried other distros like Bohdi, Q4OS, Zorin, and Lubuntu on my DC5700 and none ran as fast and was easy to set up the way I want it as WattOS. Currently running the Brave browser with 6 extensions installed and 11 tabs open. Can switch between tabs with hardly any lag and watch YouTube in 720p with no stutter. Recommend to anyone looking to keep an old desktop in service


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Version: R13
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-09
Votes: 5


wattOS R13 surprised me. Many other lightweight distributions have tweaked browsers that cannot run some websites. Right out of the box, the Firefox ESR that came with it, ran everything without hiccups or pausing. It was on an old Dell with 875 mb ram.
To really find out how smooth it is, I put it in a qemu virtual machine on an old Toshiba laptop. Plays all music vidoes, Every movie from start to finish without random slow downs.
Whatever the developers at wattOS are doing, they are doing it slightly different and better than the other debian based lightweight distros .
The footprint was under 512 mb of ram being used.
I did not do any gaming or heavy programming with it, only for entertainment.
Now I can watch the Roku channel in my garage on what I thought was an obsolete computer.
wattOS really can breathe new life into old computers.



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Version: R13
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-04-24
Votes: 2


Wattos has gotten raving reviews.It's part of my current crazy, confusing configuration of 24 distros, with only one on an internal hard drive. Watt checks all my boxes, but I've only started using this release recently. I have it installed on a Seagate Barracuda 2 TB
drive connected via a SATA conversion cable to s USB port on my Dell Optiplex 9020 mini tower. It is the most rock solid Debian-
powered distribution I have used to date, and I've been through them by the tens. This computer is a quad core with a speed of 3.7 GHz, 16 GB RAM hooked up to that Seagate (15 Distros) and a 2 TB Hitachi Fantom external Drive and the processor is an Intel Xeon E3-1200. I enjoy using LXDE on this release, although the font in the menu is quite small for my eyes.

It reminds me of Windows 98, on which I did considerable personal financial work back in its day. Hopefully Watt will outlast this well-used computer, originally stocked with Windows 10.This is a Distro on which youngsters new to the Linux world can get their wings.That includes youngsters in the second childhood.


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