Kwheezy 1.2

Debian has not always had a good reputation when it comes to being welcoming to new Linux users. Kwheezy is a Debian-based distribution that aims to change that by making Debian easier to install, and by offering the slick KDE desktop environment. Kwheezy is a blend of Debian 7.1 (Wheezy) and KDE 4.8.4.

Kwheezy 1.2 Live Desktop

Kwheezy 1.2 Live Desktop

What’s New in Kwheezy 1.2
Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:

Incorporates a couple of remaining installer bug fixes.
Kwheezy Profiler, a new GUI tool to backup and restore user profiles.
Rekonq browser updated to 2.3.2.
Steam client installed by default.
PlayOnLinux installed by default.
Some open source games (kdegames, dreamchess) included.
deb-multimedia.org packages replaced by official Debian packages. The necessary codecs / decoders included from Kwheezy repo instead.
Some minor tweaking here and there.

System Requirements for Kwheezy 1.2
Here’s what you’ll need to run this distro:

Minimum
CPU: Intel Pentium or above, AMD K5 or above
RAM (memory): 500MB (32bit) , 1GB(64bit) or above
HDD (free disk space): 18GB or above
Graphics: VGA capable of 1024×768

Recommended
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo or above, AMD K10 (Phenom) or above
RAM: 1GB (32bit), 2GB (64bit) or above
HDD (free disk space): 30GB or above
Graphics: 64MB with OpenGL 3.0 or above
Audio: 16bit audio, AC’97 or above

Kwheezy 1.2 Download
You can download Kwheezy 1.2 from this page. The file I downloaded weighed in at 4.05 GB, so it’s not the smallest distro to download. However, you do get a lot of software included by default (more on that below).

If you’re a distrohopper then you might want to try it in a virtual machine via VirtualBox before running it on real hardware.

Kwheezy 1.2 Installation
One of Kwheezy’s strengths is that it is generally easier to install than vanilla Debian. Newbies will particularly appreciate this.

Be warned, however, that the install is not quick. It took quite a while to complete. I didn’t time it exactly as I had other things to do, so I took off to do them while the install completed. Given the amount of software it comes with, the slow install was not a surprise to me.

Please note that if you need to upgrade from a previous release of Kwheezy, you’ll find instructions here to help you.

Kwheezy is also a live distro, so you can run it off the CD before trying to do an actual install on your computer.

Kwheezy 1.2 Install Drive Selection

Kwheezy 1.2 Install Drive Selection

Kwheezy 1.2 Install Drive Partitioning

Kwheezy 1.2 Install Drive Partitioning

The Kwheezy 1.2 Desktop
Kwheezy has a very busy desktop, there are a lot of icons on the desktop. You’ll also see stats about your system on the right side of the desktop.

I generally prefer desktops without a lot of icons all over the place. I think it might make sense for some of the icons such as Apper to be placed in the panel and removed from the desktop. This would remove some of the clutter and give Kwheezy a tidier appearance when you first boot it up and see the desktop for the first time.

Kwheezy 1.2 Installed Desktop

Kwheezy 1.2 Installed Desktop

Linux Software Included in Kwheezy 1.2

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Comments

  1. Jodie says

    A friend gave me a copy of KWheezy on dvd the other day. I agree with the contributor who said a LITE version would be good, however, if the computer is used by several people with different requirements this would be a good choice. For me, a single computer user, there is just too much here and I think I will go for something more basic.

  2. Rev_Don says

    This looks like something I have been searching for recently. I like the idea of a large amount of apps for a LiveDVD system, but I wish they had a Lite version for those wanting to install it on bare metal. Or better yet, have the LiveDVD contain all of the apps, but provide the option to pick and choose which apps to include during a hard drive install.

  3. Brian Masinick says

    Thanks for writing about KWheezy Jim, Because I already have quite a few distributions and I have not been looking to expand upon them, I hadn’t looked at or previously seen this release.

    From the name, KWheezy, it seems that this effort evolved and emerged sometime during the Debian Wheezy project, and the K clearly indicates a KDE version, so the name makes sense.

    I’ve also tended toward moderate distributions recently; that may be another reason why I have not seen or tried this one, but it may be worth a look. I will think about that. Should I decide to download it and either run it live or install it, I’m sure that I’ll share further comments in the Desktop Linux Reviews Forum.

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