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Porteus Alternatives

Porteus is described as 'complete linux operating system that is optimized to run from CD, USB flash drive, hard drive, or other bootable storage media' and is a operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Porteus for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Self-Hosted solutions, Mac and Chrome OS. The best alternative is Arch Linux, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Porteus are Google Chrome OS, Puppy Linux, Haiku and Alpine Linux.

Porteus alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Porteus.
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  1. Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised GNU/Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking.

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    Porteus can be downloaded, installed to a usb pendrive, booted live, installed to a hard drive and fully configured in the time it would take to boot Arch Linux, which would then take a week to configure before it inevitably broke.

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  2. Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google that uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface, so it works primarily with web applications.

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    Puppy Linux

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Linux is a free operating system, and Puppy Linux is a special build of Linux meant to make computing easy and fast.

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    Puppy is a wide open, run as root system.

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    Haiku

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Haiku

    Haiku is an open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful.

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    Alpine Linux

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Alpine Linux is a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox.

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  6. CloudReady is a operating system built and maintained by Neverware. Based on Google’s open source Chromium OS, CloudReady uses web apps and both cloud storage (Google Drive) as well as local storage (File manager). Comes without Android app support.

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    Chromium OS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Chromium OS is an open-source project, used primarily by developers, that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web.

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  8. SliTaz is a free operating system, working completely in RAM and booting from removable media such as a CD-ROM or USB key. SliTaz is distributed as a LiveCD, and weighs less than 40MB. The system is quick and responsive, clean and robust.

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    Although not quite as up to date, SliTaz is a very good, very fast, and genuinely lightweight OS.

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    KolibriOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    KolibriOS is a tiny yet incredibly powerful and fast operating system. This power requires only a few megabyte disk space and 8MB of RAM to run.

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    Tiny Core Linux

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Tiny Core Linux (TCL) is a minimal Linux operating system that manifests the Core Project's philosophy and focuses on providing a base system using BusyBox and flwm.

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