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PicUntu: Tiny, powerful Linux distro for mini-PCs

In the world of tiny Linux, another pipsqueak checks in: PicUntu, based on Ubuntu Qantal 12.10, will run complex computer tasks at no more than 10W.

The PicUntu project team announced the release of an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, specifically developed to run on RK3066 chipset devices. The download weighs in at a mere 170MB (for Linux users, 23KB), but it packs quite a punch. According to the PicUntu team, it can run a company web server, corporate email server, central database server, or content management portal.

Here are some of the main features:

  • Based on Ubuntu Qantal 12.10
  • Will run most complex computer tasks, at no more than 10W of power with performance nearing i3 based laptops
  • Full HD - 1920 x 1080p resolution
  • XFCE
  • Gnome desktop
  • Will play flash on web pages
  • Internal Wi-Fi
  • Configure the following using menu mode
    • Network: Wifi, LAN, dhcp, static, gateway, routes, name server
    • Sound card
    • System performance
    • Network tools
    • Manage services
    • Start, stop, status, restart running services
  • Can install PicUntu on SD Card, USB thumb drive OR USB Harddisk (Tested on 1TB Seagate Expansion Drive)

PicUntu has also been tested on the MK808 and UG802 devices. You can download PicUntu here.


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@Gisabun "Zzzzzz" What skin is it off of your nose? Pick one you like and stick with it. The more the merrier!


Another Linux distro. How many is that now? 250? 300? 350?


So, will this tiny linux run (well) on my aging Samsung NP-Q1? I still use "the first tablet" for GPS moving map applications (Garmin Maps) in the car or (APIC Glass) the airplane. Sadly, the low screen resolution will not be fixed by a new OS. Web browsing will always suffer on this device because the main stream web content providers assume at least a 1024x768 display, which was beyond reach when these devices came to market.


That the typo got through because the writer's spellcheck was thinking of "QANTAS"


Ubuntu Linux 12.10 is "Quantal Quetzal." The u got lost in your article.

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