Linux News Today: Puppy Linux Cousin Toutou Linux 6.3.2 "SlaXen" Alpha Released for Public Testing
Toutou, one of the fastest and most comprehensive minimalist GNU/Linux distributions, is again in development, it looks like we’re now able to test drive the 6.3.2 Alpha release of the upcoming Toutou Linux SlaXen series.
Toutou Linux is based on the popular Puppy Linux computer operating system designed by Barry Kauler, and it provides a French distro that is easy to install, bootable from any possible medium, usable directly from the Live USB with persistent mode, as well as extremely intuitive for Linux beginners.
The new release, Toutou Linux “SlaXen” 6.3.2 is based on the upstream Puppy Linux “Slacko” 6.3.2 operating system, and it looks like it’s using the Openbox 3.5.2 window manager, Lxpanel 0.6.1 standard panel from the LXDE desktop environment, and a bunch of lightweight open source applications that are great for old computers.
Among the applications pre-installed in the Toutou Linux “SlaXen” 6.3.2 release, we can mention the mtPaint 3.44.90 digital painting tool, Foxit Reader 1.1 secure PDF reader, Abiword 3.0 word processor, and Gnumeric 1.10.0 spreadsheet editor. But users can install a lot more apps with a single mouse click.
Users can now install PET packages and SFS files
Other interesting features implemented in this first Alpha build of the upcoming Toutou Linux “SlaXen” 6.3.2 operating system is support for installing packages in the PET file format, which has been originally developed for the Puppy Linux distro, as well as SFS files, which are compressed read-only packages that contain a directory structure.
The look of the desktop environment suffered some design changes, such as the inclusion of a new launcher bar for starting apps when using programs in full-screen mode (see the screenshots attached below for details), and it looks like there’s no web browser installed by default anymore.
Toutou Linux “SlaXen” 6.3.2 is designed for modern UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) computers, but it will run successfully on old systems with only 256 MB or 512 MB of RAM. You can download Toutou Linux “SlaXen” 6.3.2 Alpha ISO right now via our website, but please try to keep in mind that it’s a development release, not suitable for use as your daily driver.