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HandyLinux is a Linux distribution originating in France and derived from the Debian stable branch2 It is designed especially with inexperienced computer users in mind3 The distribution has low system requirements, allowing it to be used on a range of older hardware that is no longer supported by the latest versions of proprietary operating systems It is aimed particularly at older people with dated hardware who do not need or possess the skill to use many features afforded by state-of-the-art operating systems It may also be useful for computer users with disabilities, such as the visually impaired4


  • 1 Goals
  • 2 Features
  • 3 Applications
  • 4 Desktop environment
  • 5 Releases
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


The goal of the HandyLinux project is to provide a "stable" Debian-based OS for the elderly, novices and people seeking freedom and full functionality on a user-friendly desktop HandyLinux is an official Debian derivative with a simple and clear graphical user interface called the HandyMenu5

It features built-in tools that facilitate the handling of home computing6

Documentation teaches users desktop navigation and helps them to learn the HandyLinux distribution78 Prospective users are encouraged to browse the HandyLinux online forum9 and ask questions about the operating system


HandyLinux can be installed on any modern computer, with a processor Pentium 4 or higher and 512 MB10 of RAM, and the system requires 37 GB of available hard drive storage11

The distribution can be run as either of two "live" versions, live CD handylinuxlight or live USB, to sample the prepackaged software and test its compatibility with the installed hardware12 Alternatively it can be installed on a netbook equipped with at least 4 GB memory13 on computers built before 2005 handylinux i486 non pae14 and on computers built from 2005 onward handylinux I686-PAE

If they choose, users can "remove castors", ie, remove the default HandyMenu and substitute the classical menu of the Xfce desktop environment,15 add software packages, and customize the look and feel of the distribution after becoming more experienced with the OS by reading the documentation16

All the software needed for a functional desktop is included in the disk image, and an Internet connection is not necessary17 to install the program bundle prepackaged for the HandyLinux operating system18


  • File manager: Thunar
  • Internet: Firefox, Icedove, Transmission
  • Multimedia: Clementine, VLC media player
  • Office: LibreOffice
  • Remote Assistance: TeamViewer optional with graphic installer
  • Printer installation by: CUPS

Tools have been integrated for improving accessibility: an inverter color, a filter screen, direct access to documentation, a screen magnifier, copy and paste button, a virtual keyboard and voice synthesis integrated into the browser

Small practical programs are also included: screenshot, calendar, file search, automatic sorting download folder, Bleachbit for cleaning, archive manager "Archive Manager", Disk Utility for formatting, Hardinfo for system information, Xl-wallpaper wallpaper changer

Desktop environmentedit

HandyLinux's native desktop environment is based on Xfce, and the Compiz compositing window manager is optional19 Users may switch to the more traditional Xfce menu if they prefer it to the HandyMenu20

A seven-tab menu with a large computer icon enables users to graphically launch applications,21 and only a single click is necessary to open files and folders or run a program


HandyLinux updates generally follow updates of the Debian stable branch22

Name Release date Megabytes Base 32 bits Supported platform
handylinux-25-i38623 2016-06-11 1344 Debian based 85 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-25-amd64 2016-06-11 1212 Debian based 85 64bits amd64
handylinux-24-i386 2016-04-10 1367 Debian based 84 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-24-amd64 2016-04-10 1240 Debian based 84 64bits amd64
handylinux-23-i386 2016-01-24 1378 Debian based 83 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-23-amd64 2016-01-24 1244 Debian based 83 64bits amd64
handylinux-22 2015-09-06 1359 Debian based 82 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-22-amd64 2015-09-06 1182 Debian based 82 64bits amd64
handylinux-21 2015-06-09 1335 Debian based 81 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-2024 2015-05-16 1325 Debian based 80 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinuxlight-2025 2015-05-23 697 Debian based 80 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-19 wheezy26 2015-04-11 1250 Debian based 78 32bits I486 & I686-pae
handylinuxlight-1827 2015-01-17 656 Debian based 78 32bits I486 & I686-pae
handylinux-compiz 16128 2014-08-16 1160 Debian based 76 32bits I486 & I686-pae

A development fork of HandyLinux in the Finnish language was published May 29, 201429

See alsoedit

  • Free software portal
  • Linux portal
  • Comparison of Linux distributions
  • elementary OS
  • List of Linux distributions


  1. ^ Debian derivatives HandyLinux available in French and English
  2. ^ Wiki Debian HandyLinux Debian Derivatives Census
  3. ^ dokuwiki HandyLinux Getting started with HandyLinux
  4. ^ FrenchHandimobility HandyLinux, la distribution Gnu/Linux avec accessibilité au handicap fr 2014-01-06
  5. ^ HandyMenu documentation
  6. ^ FrenchTechandtux Handylinux la dérivée de Debian à portée de main fr 2014-01-10
  7. ^ Handylinux light documentation
  8. ^ HandyLinux Documentation
  9. ^ HandyLinux Forum
  10. ^ Debian configuration minimum
  11. ^ French Frédéric Bezies Test de Handylinux 10 2013-10-02
  12. ^ French documentation handylinux the material tested and certified for HandyLinux Retrieved 2014-03-25
  13. ^ French Cyrille Borne Handylinux pour eeepc Retrieved 11 March 2014
  14. ^ French @bc l'actualité installation sur un pc de 2002 avec le CD handylinuxlight Retrieved 2014-02-21
  15. ^ French La Fabrique du Web HandyLinux : Debian sans se prendre la tête 2014-04-20
  16. ^ Documentation HandyLinux
  17. ^ French Alain Bach Installer handylinux 2014-01-31
  18. ^ French Léa-linux Installer Handylinux
  19. ^ softpedia HandyLinux Compiz
  20. ^ menu in the Raiders section
  21. ^ French Solidrnetfr HandyLinux, Linux sans se prendre la tête 2013-12-23
  22. ^ Softpedia Handylinux Changelog
  23. ^ HandyLinux Is a Great Toolbox for Linux Newbies
  24. ^ Softpedia HandyLinux 20 Officially Released, Based on Debian 8 Jessie
  25. ^ wiki handylinux handylinuxlight 20
  26. ^ Softpedia HandyLinux 19 Out Now, the Last Release Based on Debian 7 Wheezy
  27. ^ HandyLinuxLight on Softpedia
  28. ^ Softpedia HandyLinux Compiz
  29. ^ HandyLinux Puolanka Edition

External linksedit

  • HandyLinux Documentation
  • HandyLinux on DistroWatch

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