HandyLinux

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HandyLinux
HandyLinux-logo circle.png
Handymenu4-desktop-en.png
HandyLinux Desktop
Developerthuban, Starsheep, and arpinux
OS familyLinux
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelOpen source
Initial releaseSeptember 2013; 8 years ago (2013-09)
Latest releaseHandyLinux 2.5 / 11 June 2016; 5 years ago (2016-06-11)
Available inMultilingual[1]
Update methodAPT
Package managerdpkg (Synaptic)
PlatformsI586, I686 and amd64
Kernel typeMonolithic Linux kernel
UserlandGNU
Default
user interface
Xfce/Compiz
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official websitehandylinux.org (archived)

HandyLinux is a Linux distribution originating in France and derived from the Debian stable branch[2] and is designed to help computer users with less experience.[3] HandyLinux is easily downloadable, allowing for it to be used on a range of older hardware that is no longer supported by the latest versions of proprietary operating systems. It is particularly aimed at older people with dated hardware who do not need nor possess the skill to use many features afforded by state-of-the-art operating systems. It may also be useful for computer users with disabilities, such as visual impairment.[citation needed]

Goals[edit]

The goal of the HandyLinux project is to provide a "stable" Debian-based OS for the elderly, novices, and people seeking freedom and full functionality on a user-friendly desktop. HandyLinux is an official Debian derivative with a simple and clear graphical user interface called the HandyMenu.[4]

The system features built-in tools to facilitate the handling of home computing.[5]

The distribution's documentation teaches users desktop navigation and helps them to learn the HandyLinux distribution.[6][7] Prospective users are encouraged to browse the HandyLinux online forum[8] and ask questions about the operating system.

Features[edit]

HandyLinux can be installed on any modern computer with the minimum requirements of having a processor Pentium 4 or higher, 512 MB[9][failed verification] of RAM, and 3.7 GB of available hard drive storage.[10]

The distribution can be run as either of two "live" versions, live CD (handylinuxlight) or live USB, to sample the prepackaged software and test its compatibility with the installed hardware.[11] Alternatively, it can be installed on a netbook equipped with at least 4 GB memory on computers built before 2005 (HandyLinux I486 non-PAE) and on computers built from 2005 onward (HandyLinux I686-PAE).[12][13]

If they choose, users can "remove castors", i.e., remove the default HandyMenu and substitute the classical menu of the Xfce desktop environment, add software packages, and customize the look and feel of the distribution after becoming more experienced with the OS by reading the documentation.[14][15]

All the software needed for a functional desktop is included in the disk image, and an Internet connection is not necessary to install the program bundle prepackaged for the HandyLinux operating system.[16][citation needed]

Applications[edit]

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 "Archive Manager", Disk Utility for formatting, Hardinfo for system information, Xl-wallpaper wallpaper changer.

Desktop environment[edit]

HandyLinux's native desktop environment is based on Xfce, and the Compiz compositing window manager is optional.[17] Users may switch to the more traditional Xfce menu if they prefer it to the HandyMenu.[18]

A seven-tab menu with a large computer icon enables users to graphically launch applications,[19] and only a single click is necessary to open files and folders or run a program.

Releases[edit]

HandyLinux updates generally follow updates of the Debian stable branch.[20]

Name Release date Megabytes Base 32 bits Supported platform
handylinux-2.5-i386[21] 2016-06-11 1344 Debian based 8.5 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-2.5-amd64 2016-06-11 1212 Debian based 8.5 64bits amd64
handylinux-2.4-i386 2016-04-10 1367 Debian based 8.4 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-2.4-amd64 2016-04-10 1240 Debian based 8.4 64bits amd64
handylinux-2.3-i386 2016-01-24 1378 Debian based 8.3 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-2.3-amd64 2016-01-24 1244 Debian based 8.3 64bits amd64
handylinux-2.2 2015-09-06 1359 Debian based 8.2 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-2.2-amd64 2015-09-06 1182 Debian based 8.2 64bits amd64
handylinux-2.1 2015-06-09 1335 Debian based 8.1 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-2.0[22] 2015-05-16 1325 Debian based 8.0 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinuxlight-2.0[23] 2015-05-23 697 Debian based 8.0 32bits I586 & I686-pae
handylinux-1.9 wheezy[24] 2015-04-11 1250 Debian based 7.8 32bits I486 & I686-pae
handylinuxlight-1.8[25] 2015-01-17 656 Debian based 7.8 32bits I486 & I686-pae
handylinux-compiz 1.6.1[26] 2014-08-16 1160 Debian based 7.6 32bits I486 & I686-pae

A development fork of HandyLinux in the Finnish language was published May 29, 2014.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Debian derivatives HandyLinux available in French and English Archived 2016-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Wiki Debian HandyLinux Debian Derivatives Census Archived 2016-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ dokuwiki HandyLinux Getting started with HandyLinux Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "HandyMenu documentation". Archived from the original on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-06-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ (in French)Techandtux Handylinux la dérivée de Debian à portée de main (fr) Archived 2016-03-07 at the Wayback Machine 2014-01-10
  6. ^ "Handylinux light documentation". Archived from the original on 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2015-08-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "HandyLinux Documentation". Archived from the original on 2021-12-09. Retrieved 2015-08-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ "HandyLinux Forum". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ "Debian configuration minimum". Archived from the original on 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  10. ^ (in French) Frédéric Bezies Test de Handylinux 1.0 Archived 2014-04-09 at the Wayback Machine 2013-10-02
  11. ^ (in French) documentation handylinux the material tested and certified for HandyLinux Archived 2015-07-01 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2014-03-25
  12. ^ (in French) Cyrille Borne Handylinux pour eeepc Archived 2014-03-11 at archive.today Retrieved 11 March 2014
  13. ^ (in French) @bc l'actualité installation sur un pc de 2002 avec le CD handylinuxlight Archived 2014-04-18 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2014-02-21
  14. ^ (in French) La Fabrique du Web HandyLinux : Debian sans se prendre la tête Archived 2014-04-21 at the Wayback Machine 2014-04-20
  15. ^ "Documentation HandyLinux". Archived from the original on 2015-04-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  16. ^ (in French) Alain Bach Installer handylinux Archived 2014-04-22 at the Wayback Machine 2014-01-31
  17. ^ softpedia HandyLinux Compiz Archived 2014-08-19 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "menu in the Raiders section". Archived from the original on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-06-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  19. ^ (in French) Solidrnet.fr HandyLinux, Linux sans se prendre la tête Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine 2013-12-23
  20. ^ Softpedia Handylinux Changelog Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ "HandyLinux Is a Great Toolbox for Linux Newbies". Archived from the original on 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  22. ^ Softpedia HandyLinux 2.0 Officially Released, Based on Debian 8 Jessie Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "handylinuxlight 2.0". wiki handylinux. Archived from the original on 2015-04-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  24. ^ Softpedia HandyLinux 1.9 Out Now, the Last Release Based on Debian 7 Wheezy Archived 2015-04-14 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "HandyLinuxLight on Softpedia". Archived from the original on 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  26. ^ Softpedia HandyLinux Compiz Archived 2014-08-19 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ "HandyLinux Puolanka Edition". Archived from the original on 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-05-31.

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