Microwatt R-10, minimalist version of wattOS, now available

watts 10If there is something that many Linux users like, it is a lightweight operating system. Personally, I am in favor of using a version of Ubuntu that is supported by Canonical, such as Ubuntu MATE, but there are also many other distributions based on the same operating system that are a very good option. One of those distributions is microwatt, a simpler wattOS distribution that is based on Ubuntu.

This weekend, Ronald Ropp (biff) took care of announce the availability of Microwatt R-10, which is like a smaller version of wattOS 10. Both versions are based on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS and are designed to be used in homes where people want to be green and consume less energy when using their computers. It consumes so little resources that it can be installed on 10-year-old computers that only have 128MB of RAM.

Microwatt R-10, the smallest system for environmentalists

Among the best features of Microwatt R-10 we have to practically does not include software by default. In other words, when installing this operating system we will not be able to do practically anything until we install what we want to use. That can be a tedious task, but it assures us that we will not need to uninstall what we do not want to use and that we can convert the equipment where we install Microwatt into whatever we want, such as a server, a normal desktop system or whatever we prefer, but always with the cleanliness that gives us the possibility of being the ones who choose what to install.

In order to configure the system, you will have installed by default a WebKit-based web browser called Surf 0.7, the PCManFM 1.2.4 file manager, a PDF file viewer called Mupdf 1.7a-1, and the PowerTOP power management utility.

As mentioned above, Microwatt- R-10 is based on Ubuntu 16.04.1, or what is the same, in the first update of the latest LTS version of the operating system developed by Canonical. It also uses the 4.4 LTS kernel. You can download it in 32-bit and 64-bit versions from this link. If you do, do not hesitate to leave your experiences in the comments.

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  1.   Vicente said

    I always have the question of security when using these old versions, I do not know if they can be updated to bring them up to date or it is an intrinsic risk.