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WattOS R5: Not Ideal, But Still Nice

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WattOS is an operating system based on Ubuntu. Yes, I really hear right now from many of you: Oh no, yet another Ubuntu spin! Please, stop groaning, read on.

Flashy boot

The boot process of WattOS was one of the shortest I've ever seen. I did not use the stopwatch, but I believe that from the moment of selection of boot option in Unetbootin boot menu until the moment when I got a working desktop, I only had half a minute of waiting time. That is really amazing.

In the Unetbootin menu, apart from the Live session, which I chose, were options to run Live session with VESA graphical mode, test memory and boot from HDD. In other words, nothing unexpected here.

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