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Porteus (operating system)

porteus (operating system)
Porteus formerly Slax Remix is a portable operating system based on Slackware It does not require installation and can be run from fixed and removable media, such as a USB flash drive or compact disc1234

Porteus is available in 32-bit and 64-bit version5


  • 1 Development
  • 2 Features
  • 3 Porteus Kiosk
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


The Porteus project started out as "Slax Remix" at the beginning of 2010 and was started as a community project using the Zen kernel6 to improve and update the Slax OS

The community agreed on the new name of the project, Porteus, which was named after "'Portability' and 'Proteus' 'Proteus' is a "Greek god of the sea, capable of changing his form at will," according to the naming announcement on the Porteus forum The project leader commented on the name, "I find this name as a kind of synonym of 'flexibility' We have portable small and flexible modular features included in one name: Porteus"7

Porteus 3 is available in five desktop versions: LXDE, KDE4, Razor-qt,2 MATE and Xfce8


Porteus is based on a substantially modified and optimized version of the Linux Live Scripts9 It can be run from a disk or USB stick with changes saved onto the portable device or installed on a hard drive Porteus can even be installed within another system without the need to create a new partitioncitation needed

Porteus is preloaded with a variety of software that the user selects before installing The system is downloaded only after selecting various options from a menu including one of four windows management systems, a browser and other features Porteus uses a package manager utilizing slackwarecitation needed

Porteus Kioskedit

Porteus Kiosk
Developer Porteus Team
OS family Linux
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 2012
Latest release 420 / December 5, 2016; 43 days ago 2016-12-05
Available in English
Userland Gentoo Linux stable branch
License GPL and various licenses
Official website porteus-kioskorg

Porteus Kiosk is a specialized edition of the Porteus operating system,10 a minimalist Linux distribution for web-only terminals with Firefox or Google Chrome, Chromium or Opera, set upon installation11 as the sole application12 Porteus Kiosk provides users with a locked down computing environment, designed to be deployed in schools, offices, public libraries, internet cafés or any other business establishment that provides Internet access to their clients13

Porteus Kiosk can be installed to CD/DVD, USB flash drive, hard drive, or any other bootable storage media such as Compact Flash or SD/MMC memory cards Prior to installation the system can be customized through the kiosk wizard utility which allows system and browser related tweaks14

The Porteus Kiosk system is open source and available free-of-charge, although a number of commercial services such as custom builds, automatic updates and software upgrades are available15 Until version 370 Porteus Kiosk was able to run on both 32-bit i486 or greater and 64-bit x86_64 machines As Google Chrome doesn't support 32-bit machines anymore, the developers of the distribution decided to follow that path Hence with release 400 Porteus Kiosk supports only the x86_64 architecture 16 The system is lightweight in terms of size and resources used The default image is under 60 MB while the size of the custom kiosk ISO will depend on the choice of added extra components such as Adobe Flash, Java, additional fonts and other factors17


In reviewing Porteus 10 in June 2011, Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier wrote, "Users who've missed KDE 35x are in for a treat with Porteus, a portable Linux distribution that offers a 32-bit release with the Trinity fork of KDE 35x, and a 64-bit release that offers KDE 464 While not a distribution that will appeal to everyone, it might be of interest to enthusiasts of live CD distributions and old-school KDE fans" He concluded "Porteus looks like a nice portable Linux distribution, aimed at expert or at least experienced Linux users It's not something that will appeal to the majority of Linux users, particularly users who prefer a slightly larger depth of available packages But, for users who are nursing older hardware or prefer a portable distribution, Porteus is an interesting project"4

About the custom Live CD ISO creation, Linux magazine wrote in Issue 160/2014: "Build Your Own Portable Linux Distro with Porteus Building a customized Linux distribution can be a daunting proposition – unless you use Porteus Wizard This clever and simple service lets you create a custom Live CD distro that fits a USB stick and loads in RAM"18

See alsoedit

  • Lightweight Linux distribution
  • List of Linux distributions that run from RAM
  • List of live CDs
  • Kiosk software


  1. ^ a b Softpedia 2011 "A portable linux operating system which is able to be installed on a portable USB device" Retrieved 31 January 2011 
  2. ^ a b The Coding Studio 2010 "Porteus v09 Screenshots" Retrieved 25 February 2011 
  3. ^ DistroWatch 22 November 2011 "Porteus" Retrieved 28 December 2011 
  4. ^ a b Brockmeier, Joe "Zonker" 29 June 2011 "Porteus 10: A portable distribution for old-school KDE users" LWN Retrieved 28 December 2011 
  5. ^ How do I download Porteus
  6. ^ "Zen kernel" 
  7. ^ Porteus Forum Announcements 2011 "Porteus name" Retrieved 23 June 2011 
  8. ^ "Porteus 30 final and Porteus Kiosk Edition 30 are out!" Retrieved 16 March 2014 
  9. ^ "Porteus faq1" 
  10. ^ "Porteus - View topic - Porteus 30 final and Porteus Kiosk Edition 30 are out!" 
  11. ^ porteus-kioskorg "Kiosk Wizard utility porteus-kioskorg/buildshtml" 
  12. ^ DistroWatch "Distribution Release: Porteus 20 "Kiosk" DistroWatchcom News" 
  13. ^ Marius Nestor "Download Porteus Kiosk Edition 312 for Linux" softpedia 
  14. ^ "Porteus Kiosk - Kiosk Wizard 31 overview" YouTube 
  15. ^ "Montando un PC Kiosk" 
  16. ^ Tomasz Jokiel May 30, 2016 "Porteus Kiosk 400 has been released!" Retrieved May 31, 2016 
  17. ^ fanthom "Porteus Kiosk" 
  18. ^ Build Your Own Portable Linux Distro, Linux magazine Issue 160/2014

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Porteus at DistroWatch
  • Porteus Kiosk official website

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