WattOS: A Lightweight Ubuntu For Your Old Computer

If you love Ubuntu, but wanted a lightweight version for your older computer, then WattOS maybe what you are looking for.

WattOS is a new lightweight Linux distribution that has low power requirement and can be used on computer with older hardware. It is in fact, a stripped down version of Ubuntu, with many of the heavy-duty applications such as OpenOffice removed, and/or replaced with a faster and smaller alternative.

According to the developer, there will be three desktop versions:

wattOS – The core desktop system using a fully featured Gnome desktop
mWattOS – A smaller desktop system using XFCE as the core interface.
µWattOS – An even smaller desktop utilizing a minimal desktop GUI or command line. Ideal for appliances, small systems, kiosks, or old computers.
Substation – A server edition

At the moment, only the full version of wattOS is available for download. Not much detail is known of the mWattOS, µWattOS and Substation yet.

Screenshot

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WattOS is still in alpha stage and there are still plenty of work that need to be done. Meanwhile, you can download the source file at WattOS Download page.