Biffs Blog - wattOS R4 release

  • Greetings all - for those of you who are new to wattOS, many of the fourm entries might already contain answers to your questions. Some of the previous version fixes, tweaks, etc. will work in the newer versions. Dont forget to use the search function in the forums (upper right corner) and enter a simple search phrase and you might just find an answer quickly.


    wattOS R4 is based on ubuntu 11.04 and the latest updates from the repos. Additionally if you read the brief announcement notes, you will see the details of the highlights. It is a simple fast destkop that will likely bring your old computer back to life with speed and lower footprint and low system requirements. If you need a desktop that is clean, easy, and allows you to do the basics and customize and build the way you like, then wattOS is something you should take a look at.


    I will be around a lot the next few days to help people out in giving the newest version a try.


    Basic Info:


    This version has a load of new changes. Below is a brief list of updates. This version of wattOS is based on the latest production ubuntu 11.04.


    Generally speaking any computer made in the last 10-12 years should have no problems running wattOS. I have personally run it on anything from 366MHZ and up. The live CD environment typcially needs 256MB to run reliably to install, but once install is done, it will use much less...Some have installed with less RAM, but your results or time to install will vary....  Typically consuming between 100-120MB of RAM once your on a hard drive and running it natively in your computer. (ie. not the live CD)


    wattOS is lightweight Linux running LXDE and updated clean simple interface and smooth new look
    New included control panel user interface for simple configuration of your system in a familiar format (screenshot)
    - Link to check out basics of the "configure panel" for wattOS is here -



    wattOS has a full list of packages that can be found in the forums and a list of the major

    items on, as well as the basics here


    Distrowatch Link:


    Web Browser - Chromium with flash support already included
    Email client - Sylpheed
    Music - Audacious - With streaming support included
    Password Manager - keepassX
    Picture editor - Fotoxx
    Video/Media player - VLC
    Spreadsheet - Gnumeric
    Word processing - Abiword
    simple text editor - Leafpad
    Bittorrent - Transmission
    Filezilla FTP


    wattOS now also has a ppa on launchpad so this application can be updated automatically as well as new wattOS specific packages will be published here.


    Changes of applications from R3 to R4:


    New music player changed to audacious with plugin for music stream searching - lightweight - codecs included.
    Changed to VLC for video player
    Changed to lightweight mail client sylpheed by default
    Updated version of fotoxx photo editor
    KeePassX password manager
    xfce4 power manager
    Changed from Firefox to Chromium web browser - flash support already included.
    Lots of other small tweaks and improvements.