wattOS R7 - Microwatt Edition Basics

  • So Microwatt is here finally - This area is to share some differences and information for the early adopters. Much of this same information is also in the wattOS R7 forums along with several additional tips, tricks, and screenshots. 

     

    First off a couple of tidbits to note.

     

    1. Microwatt is 32bit and the goal is to make it work on older low resource systems. But it works fine on modern ones as well. I currently run it on a Core i7 system daily. You can add and build to it how you like.

     

    2. Its not MICRO like puppy or DSL or Slitaz, etc. Its micro in the fact that its minimal, fully supports upstream ubuntu repos and has lower memory requirements than the standard LXDE environment - its about 450MB to download vs 650-690 for R7 32 and 64bit.

     

    3. Its not running LXDE - it runs pekwm - which is different and has some cool things some will like and some will not. (like keyboard binding, run commands, etc)

     

    4. Its a 1.0 release, so do not expect it to be perfect, and expect you will need to learn some new things, and work through some issues. Its not designed to be for anyone who just thinks everything will work without having to tinker a bit. (I drive a 68 mustang - I have to tinker with it to get it tuned how I like vs my 2013 car.)

     

    The big things that are different for the average user is that there are fewer apps and utilities than the standard edition of wattOS. I will note the main ones below.

     

    Window Manager - NOT LXDE but pekwm 0.1.15 - so you will notice some differences - please read the forums

    Web browser - Qupzilla 1.4.3 - not Chromium

    mystuff 2.0 - a control panel type utility that on install has several software packages you can download and install from the Internet. Additonally you can add new launchers or delete old ones and make your own customized launcher for applications, or whatever you like.

     

5 comments
  • biff baxter
    biff baxter Thanks Leenie - fixed the link...and thanks as always for mopping up the stinking spammers! I really appreciate it.
    June 3, 2013
  • Jeremy Salazar
    Jeremy Salazar Hello guys. I have been waiting for this edition to come out. I'm going to run it in my MaQboard PC w/c has an Intel Xeon 3.4GHz and 4GB of RAM.
    June 4, 2013 - 1 likes this
  • Leenie Gilmore
    Leenie Gilmore Wow Jeremy! Please let us know how it works out.
    June 4, 2013
  • Jeremy Salazar
    Jeremy Salazar Hi Leenie I just completed installation of wattOS7 Microwatt in my system. It's very responsive. No lags of any sort as compared to another Linux install in my sister's laptop.
    Here's my system specs:
    MaQboard MQ-323:
    -Intel Xeon 3.4GHz Single Core (Nocona)...  more
    June 16, 2013 - 1 likes this