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Porteus

Last Update: 2019-06-16 19:34 UTC


Porteus is a fast, portable and modular live CD/USB medium based on Slackware Linux. The distribution started as a community remix of Slax, another Slackware-based live CD, with KDE 3 as the default desktop for the i486 edition and a stripped-down KDE 4 as the desktop environment for the x86_64 flavour. The lightweight LXDE is available as an alternative desktop environment.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 113 (91), 6 months: 105 (108), 3 months: 133 (75), 4 weeks: 119 (79), 1 week: 111 (80)

Average visitor rating: 8.32/10 from 31 review(s).


Porteus Summary
Distribution Porteus
Home Page http://www.porteus.org/
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User Forums http://forum.porteus.org/
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Documentation http://porteus.org/docs.html
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Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-06-16: Development Release: Porteus 5.0 RC1
 • 2018-04-30: Distribution Release: Porteus 4.0
 • 2018-02-15: Development Release: Porteus 4.0 RC4
 • 2016-12-29: Distribution Release: Porteus 3.2.2
 • 2016-09-10: Development Release: Porteus 3.2 RC5
 • 2016-06-08: Development Release: Porteus 3.2 RC3
 • 2016-05-08: Development Release: Porteus 3.2 RC2
 • 2014-12-09: Distribution Release: Porteus 3.1
 • 2014-11-16: Development Release: Porteus 3.1 RC2
 • 2014-10-19: Development Release: Porteus 3.1 RC1
 • 2014-08-05: Distribution Release: Porteus 3.0.1
 • 2014-03-11: Distribution Release: Porteus 3.0
 • More Porteus releases...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 5.0-rc1 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Feature
Release Date 2019-06-16 2018-04-30 2016-12-29 2014-12-09 2014-08-05 2013-08-09 2013-02-20 2012-07-04 2012-01-08 2011-06-23 Release Date
End Of Life                     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 200-400 200-400 200-500               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Xfce Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Xfce Cinnamon, KDE Plasma, MATE, Xfce KDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce KDE, LXDE, MATE, Razor-qt, Xfce KDE, LXDE, MATE, Razor-qt, Xfce KDE, LXDE, Razor-qt, Xfce Trinity, KDE, LXDE, Xfce Trinity, KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ XZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- GOffice GOffice -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                     Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 5.0-rc1 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Full Package List
Package 5.0-rc1 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.1 1.1.6 1.1.1 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.26 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 alsa-lib (1.1.9)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 4.3 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.4) 9.11.6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.15.4)
chromium (77.0.3865.120) 75.0.3770.80 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (77.0.3865.120)
cups (2.3.0) 2.1.4 -- -- -- -- -- 1.5.4 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 cups (2.3.0)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.43.1 1.44.1 1.43.1 1.42.12 1.42.8 1.42.8 1.42.6 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.14 e2fsprogs (1.45.4)
firefox (69.0.3) 60.7.0 -- -- 31.3.0 31.0 21.0 18.0.2 13.0.1 9.0.1 4.0.1 firefox (69.0.3)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.6.3 2.9 2.6.3 2.5.0.1 2.5.0.1 2.4.11 2.4.11 2.4.10 2.4.4 2.4.4 freetype (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) 5.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- 4.7.1 4.5.2 4.5.2 4.5.2 gcc (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.12) 2.8.18 -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.2 2.8.2 -- -- -- gimp (2.10.12)
glibc (2.30) 2.23 2.27 2.23 2.17 2.17 2.15 2.15 2.13 2.13 2.13 glibc (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.34.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.34.1)
gnucash (3.7) 3.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.7)
gnumeric (1.12.45) 1.12.34 -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.45)
grub (2.04) 0.97 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.12) 3.18.9 3.22.29 3.18.9 2.24.20 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.10 2.24.4 2.24.4 2.24.4 gtk (3.24.12)
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.39 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.08.2) 2.0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.2 2.0.2 k3b (19.08.2)
kmod (26) 22 25 22 18 16 14 12 -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.2.7.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.7.1)
libreoffice (6.3.2) 6.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.3.2)
linux (5.3.6) 5.1.5 4.16.3 4.9 3.17 3.14.15 3.9.11 3.7.8 3.4.4 3.1.1 2.6.38.8 linux (5.3.6)
Package 5.0-rc1 4.0 3.2.2 3.1 3.0.1 2.1 2.0 1.2 1.1 1.0 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.9.3 0.8.2 -- -- 0.6.1 0.5.12.1 0.5.10 0.5.10 0.5.8 git lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.8) 2.0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.4.8)
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- 1.20.1 1.16.0 1.9.1 1.7.1 1.7.0 -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.2)
mesa (19.2.1) 11.2.2 18.0.0 11.2.2 10.3.3 10.1.0 9.1.6 9.0.2 7.10.2 7.10.2 7.10.2 mesa (19.2.1)
mysql (8.0.18) 3.1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.18)
nautilus (3.34.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.34.1)
NVIDIA (435.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (435.21)
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 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.2 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (13) 8u212 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (13)
openssh (8.1p1) 7.4p1 7.7p1 7.3p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.1p1 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 openssh (8.1p1)
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.0.2s 1.0.2o 1.0.2j 1.0.1j 1.0.1h 1.0.1e 1.0.1d 0.9.8x 0.9.8r 0.9.8r openssl (1.1.1d)
perl (5.30.0) 5.22.2 5.26.1 5.22.2 5.18.1 5.18.1 5.16.3 5.16.1 5.14.0 5.12.3 5.12.3 perl (5.30.0)
php (7.3.10) 5.6.40 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.3.10)
plasma-desktop (5.17.0) -- 5.12.3 5.8.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.17.0)
postfix (3.4.7) 3.3.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.7)
postgresql (12.0) 10.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (12.0)
Python (3.8.0) 3.7.2 2.7.14 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.5 2.7.3 -- -- 2.6.6 2.6.6 Python (3.8.0)
qt (5.13.1) 5.212.0 5.9.5 5.7.0 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.8.4 4.8.4 4.8.2 4.7.4 4.7.0 qt (5.13.1)
samba (4.11.0) 4.6.16 4.7.6 4.4.5 4.1.0 4.1.0 3.6.8 -- 3.2.4 -- -- samba (4.11.0)
systemd (243) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (243)
thunderbird (68.1.2) 60.7.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (68.1.2)
vim (8.1) 7.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.7 -- -- -- 2.1.2 2.0.6 -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.8)
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.12.3 4.12.4 4.12.3 4.11.8 4.10.2 4.10.2 4.10.0 4.10.0 -- -- xfdesktop (4.14.1)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.18.3 1.19.6 1.18.3 1.14.5 1.14.5 1.12.4 1.12.3 1.9.5 1.9.5 1.9.5 xorg-server (1.20.5)

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Version: 5.0-rc1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-09-22
Votes: 2


TIP: If you like to surf safely-Porteus is for you. Make all the adjustments you want,download and stock the modules you want, then to save your settings go to the "Porteus Settings Center." Pick the THIRD option to "save the current session to a MODULE" You will get a "save" module you can backup, transfer to a flash drive, or swap in and out with other save modules. Make modules for your favorite purpose!

Porteus is truely the OS you can boot on your elderly parents computer and they CAN'T break it. Just tell them to reboot, and all is well.

Modules mean you can make it "thicker" or "thinner" as your needs change. I pair mine with a programmable keyboard, and my passwords, etc. reside on the keyboard. My new favorite OS!


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-30
Votes: 2


fun, easy, simple, small & lightweight.
everything puppy does, but better.

it makes the old HP Thin Client (powered by 1GHz AMD Sempron & 2GB flash - no HDD) works like a blaze. Never loved the Thin Client like this before, and everything works like a modern OS (I use the LXQt).

Concept of modules and always fresh option is awesome.
I like it!



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Version: 5.0-rc1
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-07-12
Votes: 0


Great distro, but I see no fast way to change brightness settings, which should exist in any distro. I know there are other ways to change it but still it's a must-have. Puppy has that problem too
Pros: light, no bulk software,
Cons: No Brightness regulator


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