I first tried wattos rc1 way back just prior to turning into rc2. I liked it then but something i can't remember made me move on. I eventually went back to Ubuntu but but using a minimal install with openbox for the GUI. I upgraded to Natty and again I was dismayed with the changes they made. Using the minimal iso and my app scripts, I had to download extra programs to make it somewhat work as before the upgrade. My box runs great with the Ubuntu Gnome version, I just don't have the patience for stifling all the bells and whistles. I like the simple fast interfacing. Maybe Canonical have the right idea upgrading every six months but it drives me batty which make me select the LTS versions. So why was I installing Natty? Ask my son. Sure I could go back to Lucid but what for, humph. I remember WattOS zipping a long at the speed of thought and I like it. I see Crunchbang, Mint and some others are going Debian, is WattOS. They're using the rolling updates/upgrades system, I wonder how that's working. As long as it stops those annoying reminders to upgrade every six months, I'm all for it. Now I remember what made me move on, the repositories are limited in the number of programs. Hunh, I can work around that if I have to, it becomes a matter of working happily away after some extra effort or being constantly irritated with all the other crap.
I'm back again. I have ubuntu on my T60 thinkpad & dreaded the upgrade to natty because of the reviews but I love natty. Oneiric not so much. On my tiny ebox I need something small and wattOS was it. I had some trouble with R3 and tried mint lxde for a short while, it was slow and the software center totally useless on this machine. Then I tried lubuntu and it was pretty good. I liked openbox configuration manager because I like to tweek the look. The upgrade to 11.04 went well but the last upgrade to 11.10 was bad. My machine was slow & my ebox would shut down on me. It did that with mint lxde all the time. I thought my machine was breaking down.
Then I thought "let's give wattOS another try". I'm glad I did. This time the install went without a hitch. Your OS runs so much faster on this little box. So far no shut downs. I love your applications. Fotoxx is great & I added it to my ubuntu thinkpad. Chromium is a good choice. I needed to add firefox because my accounting & shipping software runs better. I added openbox configuration manager too. I might try adding software center just to see if it runs on this machine. No need to really since Synaptic is fine.
Why is wattOS so much better?
Wasn't in this forum for quite awhile myself...
Tried R4 on my 6 year old laptop and had a bad awakening of the desktop screwing up after install.(nvidia gpu)
Because it was the same on all Ubuntu's and derevatives I tried Scientific Linux and it works.
Now after seeing R5 on distrowatch I had to download it ;)
Good job on wattOS-R5; have it running on VirtualBox.
Don't know though if I will try again to install it on real hardware...