Review: wattOS R2
Oct 06, 2010, 09:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The only review of a lightweight Ubuntu-based
distribution I've done before this is of #! 9.04.01. I was looking
around to see if there are any others, and I came across wattOS.
wattOS R2 is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" and uses LXDE.
From other reviews of this distribution that I have read, the thing
that sets it apart is its comprehensive set of power management
tools (hence the name). The other reason I wanted to test this is
because I wanted to try to make a "light" version of my Fresh OS
respin. Yeah, I know this is based on Ubuntu while the regular
version is based on Debian, but I've heard murmurs in the wattOS
forums of the next wattOS version being based on Debian anyway.
Anyway, this means that I will also be testing the installation
procedure as well as a few other things post-installation. I tested
this in VirtualBox with 256 MB of RAM, as I wanted to test the
performance of this lightweight distribution under a lower resource
environment. Follow the jump to see how all of this goes.
"The boot and startup time is quite fast even with just 256 MB
of RAM, and the nice boot menu theme is an added bonus. The boot
splash engine is Plymouth, as in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx", but
for some reason it doesn't display an image but it displays 3
differently-colored progress bars at the bottom much like Fedora 12
does (if the graphics rendering isn't quite right; if it is, the
boot splash animation is of the outline of the Fedora logo filling
up with the Fedora logo). I don't know if this is intentional in
keeping with the lightweight nature of the distribution or if this
is a glitch. The login manager is SLiM (with a pretty-looking
background) probably for the aforementioned reasons."