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Refracta RSS Feed DistroWatch.com: Refracta


Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 UTC

Refracta is a Linux distribution based on Devuan GNU+Linux (a systemd-free fork of Debian), designed primarily for home computer users and also for use as a system rescue and recovery disk. It provides a simple and familiar layout using the Xfce desktop. Other desktop environments and additional software packages are available from the Devuan package repository. Besides providing a Linux distribution on a live CD, the project also develops useful tools, such as refractainstaller, refractasnapshot and refracta2usb which allow users to customize the installation and create custom live CD or live USB images.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 150 (56), 6 months: 138 (70), 3 months: 106 (111), 4 weeks: 209 (30), 1 week: 194 (31)

Average visitor rating: 8.38/10 from 13 review(s).

Refracta Summary
Distribution Refracta
Home Page https://refracta.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.debianuserforums.org/viewforum.php?f=67
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://refracta.org/documents.html
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Download Mirrors https://get.refracta.org/files/stable/
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Feature 9.0-20190206 8.3-20170305
Release Date 2019-02-08 2017-03-05
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 700-800 600-700
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- GOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems    
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes
Full Package List 9.0-20190206 8.3-20170305
Package 9.0-20190206 8.3-20170305
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.0
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.3 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.3
bind (9.14.0) -- --
chromium (73.0.3683.103) -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (66.0.3) 60.5.0 45.7.0
freetype (2.10.0) 2.6.3 2.5.2
gcc (8.3.0) 6.3.0 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.10) 2.8.18 2.8.14
glibc (2.29) 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (3.32.1) -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- 1.12.18
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk (3.24.8) 3.22.11 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.39) -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- --
k3b (19.04.0) -- --
kmod (26) 23 18
krita (4.1.8) -- --
libreoffice (6.2.3) -- --
linux (5.0.9) 4.9.130 3.16.39
Package 9.0-20190206 8.3-20170305
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- --
mariadb (10.3.14) -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- --
mesa (19.0.2) 13.0.6 10.3.2
mysql (8.0.15) -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) -- --
NVIDIA (418.56) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- 7u91
openssh (8.0p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.1.0j 1.0.1t
perl (5.28.2) 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.4) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.4) -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- --
postgresql (11.2) -- --
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (5.12.3) 5.7.1 --
samba (4.10.2) -- --
systemd (242) -- --
thunderbird (60.6.1) -- --
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.6) -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.10.2
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.19.2 1.16.4

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Version: 9.0-20190206
Rating: 4
Date: 2019-03-03
Votes: 0

coarse ... very inelegant.
tried to use it on virtualbox.
Supports only xfce.
When tried to install other environment, it works but unfortunately bugs as hell.

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Version: 9.0-20190206
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-02-14
Votes: 4

This distro does have a lot of good points - the best from my p.o.v is the lack of metapackages. Oh how I hate trying to remove something only to get wrapped up in bad metapackage hell!!!!

Refracta's design prevents that and makes it a joy to work with. It reflects concern in the way it has been built which is really appreciated.

OK you do need to add some stuff to make it do all you want - printer drivers etc.

For me the big plus however is that MX-18 refuses to recognise, acknowledge or see SD cards on my machine. Refracta just says Hi and mounts it like it should. Coupled with a few other pluses makes it a winner for me in the non-systemd stakes.

I installed on a system with stuff on the /home partition I wanted to keep - which they do say is experimental! Didn't lose anything but the new user account was not created properly. Someone else has mentioned this issue. No big deal but took a bit of scratching around to resolve and I suspect it would not be a problem on a clean drive.

I'm not sure this would be a good starting point for a beginner, but if you appreciate linux like it used to be then it's a ball!

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Version: 9.0-20190206
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-02-13
Votes: 0

I would have given this a 10 but it lacks some aesthetic visuals for my taste but thit is a very minor gripe considering the hard work put into this distro by the maintainer. Well done to all involved!

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