A free edition of the ALT Linux OS that uses the lightweight IceWM window manager

ALT Linux IceWM is an extremely lightweight Linux-based operating system built around the IceWM window manager and specifically designed to be used on very old computers.

Being based on the Mandrake distribution, the ALT Linux operating system provides users with a computing environment crafted for perfection and distributed into multiple editions, each one with an open source desktop environment (Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, KDE, GNOME, LXDE, WindowMaker, etc.).

Available for download as 64-bit and 32-bit Live CDs

ALT Linux IceWM is distributed as dual Live CD ISO images designed to support both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures. They include a persistent mode that allows users to save their settings and re-use the live system directly from the boot medium (only available for USB flash drives).

The Live CD can be used to start an existing OS or run a memory test. Users will also be able to install the entire operating system locally, on a disk drive, using the included installer.

IceWM window manager is in charge of the graphical session

It boots fast and presents users with a minimalistic desktop environment powered by IceWM. A single taskbar placed at the bottom edge of the screen will enable users to interact with active apps, switch between virtual desktops, launch their favorite apps, and access the system tray area.

Features a handpicked collection of lightweight apps

As expected, the IceWM edition of ATL Linux features a handpicked collection of lightweight applications, such as the Leafpad text editor, Midnight Commander file manager, ScreenGrab screen capture program, GQview image viewer, Mutt email client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, as well as a.

Synaptic Package Manager is also installed by default for those of you who are looking for an easy way to install, update and remove applications from your ALT Linux operating system. In addition, the XTerm terminal emulator, PPPoE GUI for connecting broadband networks, and X Keyboard switcher apps are also installed.

Bottom line

Summing up, this edition of ALT Linux is one of the most simple and easy-to-use distributions, specifically engineered to be used only on low-end machines and very old laptops.

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