|Main Screen and Main Menu|
wattOS R2 is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" and uses LXDE. From other reviews of this distribution that I have read, the thing that sets it apart is its comprehensive set of power management tools (hence the name).
The other reason I wanted to test this is because I wanted to try to make a "light" version of my Fresh OS respin. Yeah, I know this is based on Ubuntu while the regular version is based on Debian, but I've heard murmurs in the wattOS forums of the next wattOS version being based on Debian anyway. Anyway, this means that I will also be testing the installation procedure as well as a few other things post-installation.
I tested this in VirtualBox with 256 MB of RAM, as I wanted to test the performance of this lightweight distribution under a lower resource environment. Follow the jump to see how all of this goes.
The desktop looks to be standard-issue LXDE, with an icon linking to the home folder (called "My Documents", which I assume is to make Microsoft Windows users feel more at home, which is fine), as well as icons linking Mozilla Firefox, Claws Mail, Rhythmbox, and Empathy (an instant messaging program).
It is at this point that I go looking for those awesome power management tools, and I find out that they aren't there. Are they added during the installation procedure and available post-installation? More on that later.
|AbiWord with Gnumeric rolled up|
The desktop post-installation looks the same, and another look around the application menu shows that there are no power management tools of any kind present. What the...? Am I blind? Am I missing something here? It seems like though the name "wattOS" has stuck, the focus of this distribution has changed. While it's certainly a very fine and capable LXDE distribution, it has lost its identity by dropping the power management program. Or maybe it's called "wattOS" because it generally consumes less power...? I don't know, but I feel a little disappointed and cheated.
|PCManFM and Installer|
|Main Screen, Customized|
|PCManFM and Mozilla Firefox, Customized|