Quirky Xerus, a lightweight Ubuntu-based distribution

Quirky Xerus

Although Ubuntu has long stopped the trend of creating a distribution based on Ubuntu and adding the suffix "buntu" to the name, the truth is that distributions based on Ubuntu still appear.

I was recently surprised a lightweight distribution called Quirky Xerus. And I was surprised by its characteristics and its history. The history of this distribution goes back to Puppy Linux, a distribution that was based on Ubuntu and can be loaded on a pendrive.

The creator of Quirky Xerus and Puppy Linux is the same, Barry kauler. A developer who, tired of Puppy Linux, decided to leave it in the hands of his community and dedicated himself to other projects, including Quirky Xerus. This lightweight layout is created with the woofQ tool and using the Ubuntu 16.04 repositories as a base.

Quirky Xerus offers the same features as Puppy Linux

That is why Quirky's last name is Xerus, but also because this version of Ubuntu perfectly allows it to be taken to Raspberry Pi. In this project, in addition to the pendrive and computers with few resources, the SBC Raspberry Pi boards have been taken into account. That is, this distribution can work with 1Gb of ram or less and a less powerful processor. In terms of space, the distribution occupies less than 400 mb, although the image for pendrive is 8 Gb, the difference in space is used to save and store your own documents.

In terms of software, Quirky Xerus has JWM as main desktop, SeaMonkey as the default web browser, VLC as the media player, and LibreOffice as an office suite. The appearance of Quirky Xerus is very similar to Windows XP so that any novice user will not have any adaptation problems. And if you look a light distribution for your pendrives or Raspberry PiIn this link you can get the latest version of Quirky Xerus.

Personally, this distribution has caught my attention, in a positive way because it is an ultralight version if we compare it like Ubuntu with Unity and it will surely be ideal for users who need such a distribution, don't you think?

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  1.   Painters madrid said

    Man if he does it himself it will be good.

  2.   Victor said

    I am interested to test it on my raspberry, I am new to that, what would be the ISO image for raspberry

  3.   Hector said

    Good note, I am looking for relatively light distributions and I think it is a good option.
    What I did not find is on the subject of processors that support, or do not search well.
    I have a Semprom +2300 with 1.5 Giga Ram, and with several distributions I had to download for x86 architecture (32bist), and about this distribution I have the doubt if it will work since it only comes for x64.
    Could it be that they are being shelved for x86?

  4.   Guido Camargo said

    Well, it will be time to try it, it looks good ... As long as it is lightly welcome it is ...