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HandyLinux Desktop
Developer Arpinux[1]
OS family GNU/Linux
Working state Current
Source model Free and open source software
Initial release September 2013
Latest release HandyLinux 1.6.1[2] / 10 August 2014; 33 days ago (2014-08-10)
Available in Multilingual[3]
Update method APT
Package manager dpkg (Synaptic)
Platforms I486, I686
Kernel type Monolithic Linux kernel
Userland GNU
Default user interface Xfce/Compiz
License Mainly the GNU GPL / various others
Official website HandyLinux.org

HandyLinux is a French Linux distribution derived from Debian[4] designed for inexperienced computer users.[5] It has low system requirements, allowing it to be used on a range of older hardware that is no longer supported by the latest modern Operating Systems. It is aimed particularly at older people with aging hardware and do not have the need or skill to use many features afforded by the newest operating systems. It may also be useful for computer users with disabilities, for example the visually impaired.[6]


The goal is to provide a Debian stable OS for old age, novices and people who want freedom and ease handling. HandyLinux is an official Debian derivative with a simple and clear Graphical user interface: the handymenu.[7]

Built-in tools that facilitate the handling of home computing.[8]

Learning and helping you with HandyLinux is the skeleton of the distribution. HandyLinux Light Documentation[9] and HandyLinux Documentation[10] help you to handle well your OS. Feel free to go to the HandyLinux Forum[11] to ask questions about HandyLinux.


HandyLinux can be installed on any modern computer Pentium 4 or higher with 512 MB[12] of RAM and requires 3.7 GB of available Hard disk drive space for the system.[13]

This distribution can be used in Live CD (handylinuxlight), Live USB, to try it and test its compatibility with the hardware.[14]

It can be installed on a Netbook equipped with a memory card of 4 GB,[15] on computers built before 2005 (handylinux i486 non pae)[16] and computers built from 2005 (handylinux I686-PAE).

Users can "remove castors", that is to say the "HandyMenu", and using the classical menu xfce,[17] add software, customize distribution, when they became experienced by reading the documentation.[18]

All the software are included in the Disk image. It is not necessary to be connected to Internet[19] to install this distribution.[20]


Tools have been integrated for improving accessibility: an inverter color, a filter screen, direct access to documentation, a screen magnifier, copy and paste button, a virtual keyboard and voice synthesis integrated into the browser.

Small practical programs are also included: screenshot, calendar, file search, automatic sorting download folder, Bleachbit for cleaning, archive manager File Roller, Disk Utility for formatting, Hardinfo for system information, Xl-wallpaper wallpaper changer.

Desktop environnement[edit]

The Desktop environment is Xfce based by default and compiz is proposed optionaly.[21] A six tabs menu with big Computer icon lets you launch the everyday use software.[22]

One single click to open files and folders or even start a software.

Classical xfce menu can be added.[23]

The project has a page with screenshots.[24]


Handylinux is updated with Debian Stable Updates.[25]

Name Release date Megabytes Base 32 bits Supported platform
handylinux-1.6.1[26] [27] August 10, 2014 1150 Debian based 7.6 32bits I486 & I686-pae
handylinuxlight-1.6.1[28][29] August 10, 2014 700 Debian based 7.6 32bits I486 & I686-pae
handylinux-compiz 1.6.1[30] August 16, 2014 1160 Debian based 7.6 32bits I486 & I686-pae

A Fork in Finnish language has been published May 29, 2014.[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arpinux profile on sourceforge
  2. ^ handylinux.org/documentation-en download handylinux
  3. ^ Debian derivatives HandyLinux available in French and English
  4. ^ Wiki Debian HandyLinux Debian Derivatives Census
  5. ^ dokuwiki HandyLinux Getting started with HandyLinux
  6. ^ (French)Handimobility HandyLinux, la distribution Gnu/Linux avec accessibilité au handicap (fr) 6 january 2014
  7. ^ HandyMenu on Sourceforge
  8. ^ (French)Techandtux Handylinux la dérivée de Debian à portée de main (fr) 10 january 2014
  9. ^ Handylinux light documentation
  10. ^ HandyLinux Documentation
  11. ^ HandyLinux Forum
  12. ^ Debian configuration minimum
  13. ^ (French) Frédéric Bezies Test de Handylinux 1.0 2 octobre 2013
  14. ^ (French) documentation handylinux Liste du matériel testé avec Handylinux Retrieved 25 March 2014
  15. ^ (French) Cyrille Borne Handylinux pour eeepc Retrieved 11 March 2014
  16. ^ (French) @bc l'actualité installation sur un pc de 2002 avec le CD handylinuxlight Retrieved 21 February 2014
  17. ^ (French) La Fabrique du Web HandyLinux : Debian sans se prendre la tête 20 April 2014
  18. ^ Documentation HandyLinux
  19. ^ (French) Alain Bach Installer handylinux 31 janvier 2014
  20. ^ (French) Léa-linux Installer Handylinux
  21. ^ softpedia HandyLinux Compiz
  22. ^ (French) Solidrnet.fr HandyLinux, Linux sans se prendre la tête 23 december 2013
  23. ^ menu in the Raiders section
  24. ^ Handylinux Screenshots
  25. ^ Softpedia Handylinux Changelog
  26. ^ HandyLinux on sourceforge
  27. ^ Softpedia HandyLinux-1-6-1-Is-a-Linux-Distro-with-a-Windows-Vibe
  28. ^ HandyLinux Light on sourceforge
  29. ^ HandyLinuxLight on Softpedia
  30. ^ Softpedia HandyLinux Compiz
  31. ^ HandyLinux Puolanka Edition

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