Porteus Linux is based on Slackware, which is perhaps one of the oldest Linux distros, formerly known as Slax remix as a community remix of Slax OS.
While Porteus Linux boasts of providing a portable and light operating system that can boot in less than 15 seconds with regards to LXDE desktop, and from CD, hard drive, USB flash drive, or other bootable storage media. Now, the Dev team at Porteus Linux has announced the second release candidate (RC-2), after nearly 14 months and a lot of developments (circumstantial and technical), for its upcoming version 5.0.
Albeit, the RC releases will only be provided for x86_64 architecture, with the language tool not functional in the RC releases.
What’s New in Porteus 5.0-rc2 Release?
The notable changes include, the gtk+2 widget toolkit removed in Porteus 5.0-rc2, now including gtk+3 in its 002-xorg base modules, though some desktop environments still have gtk+2, such as LXDE, Openbox, and Xfce.
And it has ported the gtkdialog scripts to pygoobject3, with the porting process still in progress; therefore, gtkdialog will remain available for some unported scripts. Other highlighted changes are as follows:
- Support for RAID arrays
- New base module: 002-xtra which contains custom multimedia packages
- initrd.xz rebuilt with new busybox and improved linuxrc
- Porteus-installer-for-Linux.com rebuilt with new syslinux
Additionally, the long-term Linux Kernel 5.4.57 brings such features as kernel lockdown, support for Microsoft’s exFAT file system, and support for other hardware like AMD Radeon Navi 12 and 14 GPUs, AMD Dali APU and AMD Radeon Arcturus GPUs.
How to Get Started with Porteus 5.0-rc2 Release
Porteus 5.0-rc2 is available in seven desktop variants, namely: Cinnamon, KDE, LXQT, LXDE, MATE, Openbox, and Xfce; but only for x86_64 architecture.
If you want to give the new Porteus 5.0-rc2 Release a spin right now, you can download the ISO images available here, which are mostly less than 400MB in sizes.