Feature List for Porteus V 2.0
Porteus is a small (under 300MB) portable linux distribution based on Slackware linux and a heavily modified version of the linux-live scripts. It is modular in design, meaning programs (or collections of programs) can be installed and removed simply by double clicking on module files. Unlike other Linux distributions that have a 'live CD' option, or can be shoehorned onto a flash drive, Porteus is designed and optimized to run from a USB flash drive, flash card or CD. It can also be installed in it's compressed form to an external or internal hard disk (AKA a 'frugal' install). With it's small footprint, modest system requirements, wifi support and modern kernel, Porteus is also ideally suited to run on netbooks.
Porteus is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, and there are two editions (Standard and Xfce) for each architecture. For more information on selecting and downloading the proper edition for your system, go here. All editions run version 3.7.8 of the linux kernel and are based on Slackware 14.0. The 32-bit Standard edition includes version 0.5.2 of the Razor QT destkop and the 64-bit edition runs KDE 4.9.5 and the latest LXDE. The Xfce editions run Xfce 4.10. On a modern system, Porteus will boot up, create it's live filesystem, and be up and running KDE in 30 to 60 seconds when run from a flash or hard drive. If you select Razor, LXDE or Xfce, you will be up and running even sooner. Go here to see a video of Porteus booting to LXDE in 15 seconds!
Lightning-fast boot time
Can be run from USB Flash drives, CDROM's, DVDROM's, hard disks, flash card devices, or just about any device you can get your PC to boot from!
LZMA2 (xz) compression for modules
Changes to the system (customization, downloaded files, browser history and favorites, etc) can be saved persistently to your USB or hard drive, or you can boot into 'Always Fresh' mode, and no changes to your system will be saved anywhere
Support for dozens of languages
A dependency-resolving package manager written just for Porteus, with built-in access to the Porteus, Slackware, Slacky, Slackbuilds.org, Debian, Salix, and Alien repositories.
Porteus-specific scripts for creating and manipulating modules, network configuration (wifi included), language selection, and much more
Updated installers for linux and windows
"Porteus Settings Centre" which serves as a central location for updating, installing, managing settings, viewing system information, and much more!
Default Boot options (Standard Editions*):
Graphical Desktop Environment (KDE4, Razor, LXDE, or Xfce) with Saved Changes, autoconfigure xorg
Always Fresh, boots to a desktop without saved changes, rootcopy or magic folders; autoconfigure xorg
Copy2RAM, boots to a desktop without saved changes, all modules copied to RAM; autoconfigure xorg
Text Mode (boot to command line)
PXE Boot (run as usual, but start Porteus as a PXE server, allowing you to boot other computers over the network)
PLoP BootManager - allows you to boot from many kinds of devices, even some from which your BIOS may not support booting.
Boot from first hard drive - attempts to boot an operating system that resides on the first hard drive, such as Windows.
PORTEUS is not pretentious, nevertheless it requires some minimal hardware
to run properly. It depends on what do you wish to use PORTEUS for, of course.
The most important thing is memory. You need at least 30 MB of RAM to
boot porteus. More detailed description follows:
either IDE connected CDROM (to boot from the CD)
or USB FlashDisk (to boot from the mass storage device)
or maybe some harddisk (to boot PORTEUS from the disk)
either non-emulation booting enabled (to boot from the CD)
or USB FlashDrive booting enabled (to boot from the mass storage device)
36 MB to boot porteus.
256 MB to run Xwindow with Razor or Xfce
512 MB to be able to use copy2ram cheatcode
i486 or better, Pentium or AMD are both OK.
some PS/2 or USB connected mouse
No harddisk is required
Porteus is not pretentious, though it requires some minimal hardware to run properly.
It depends on how you wish to use Porteus, of course.
The most important thing is memory. You need at least 40 MB of RAM to
boot Porteus in text mode. A more detailed description follows:
Either an IDE connected CDROM (to boot from a CD), a USB FlashDisk
(to boot from a mass storage device),or an internal or external
hard disk (to boot Porteus from a hard disk).
Either non-emulation booting enabled (to boot from a CD)
or USB FlashDrive booting enabled (to boot from a mass storage device)
Memory (it is not expected that a 64-bit systems will have less than 512MB)
512 MB to run Xwindow with KDE-4
768 MB to be able to use copy2ram cheatcode with KDE-4
256 MB to run Xwindow with Xfce
512 MB to be able to use copy2ram cheatcode with Xfce
Lxde requirements are lower - 256MB schould be enough for all modes.
Any processor with support for 64-bit instructions. Pentium or AMD are both OK.
any PS/2 or USB connected mouse
No harddisk is required
Short Changelog from V1.2 to V2.0
Here are some of the important changes you'll see in version 2.0:
Linux kernel upgraded to version 3.7.8
Razor-qt replaced Trinity as the Desktop Environment for the 32-bit Standard Edition
All desktops were upgraded to their latest stable versions (see above):
Firefox upgraded to version 18.0.2
GTK tools updates:
Porteus Package Manager now resolves all dependencies such as python and perl
Language Selection Tool has been completely rewritten to be faster and more simple to use
merged from_dev=, from_dir= and from_iso= into one "from=" cheatcode
added the EXIT: option to the changes= cheatcode, which saves all changes once when you shutdown
switched from initrd to initramfs
Porteus installation scripts were completely rewritten to be easier to use
added RAID support to rc.S and rc.6
added 'watch-xorg' script to rc.4 which loads vesa/modesetting configs in case of Xorg failures.
userland: many new and upgraded packages, graphic stack is newer than in slackware current (libdrm-2.4.40, Mesa-9.0.1 and latest DDX drivers)
If you would like to view a complete list of the packages included in Porteus, go here.