What’s new in v7
- M editions are based on Ubuntu 12.04, which means support until April 2018.
- LXDE editions are based on the latest Ubuntu 13.04 which means lots of features.
- More stable and more responsive than previous version.
- More features, especially 2G edition.
Features of v6 that differ from previous versions
- Two main editions with LXDE and Unity2D environments.
- New applications “Leeenux Installer”, “SSD Optimizer” and redesigned “Leeenux Cleaner”
- LXDE Edition uses lxlauncher by default and is based on Linux Mint. Unity edition is based on Ubuntu.
- LXDE Edition uses MintInstall as a package manager, 2G edition Synaptic, Unity edition Ubuntu Software Center
Features of v5 that differ from previous versions
- Uses Unity2D
Features of v1, v2, v3 and v4
- Based on Ubuntu.
- Lightweight compared to other distributions using Ubuntu Netbook Remix
- No proprietary software except on “Extended” editions of v3 and v4.
- Uses Ubuntu Netbook Remix menu
- No Qt, Mono or Java applications or libraries.
- Longer battery life with eee-control.
- Firefox is default browser.
- Gnome Office is default office package.
- v3 introduced “Leeenux Games”, v4 “Leeenux Cleaner” application.
- Unity editions: 8GB HDD space, 1GB RAM, 1GHz CPU
- LXDE editions: 4GB HDD space, 512MB RAM, 900MHz CPU
- 2G edition: 2GB HDD space, 512MB RAM, 900MHz CPU
Leeenux started as a personal modification of easypeasy, year 2009. The goal was to free up space on the 4GB SSD that comes with the Asus Eee 4G Surf, also known as the 701G. A saving of 2GB was achieved by replacing applications that used multiple GUI libraries (e.g., QT, KDE, Mono and Java) with GNOME native applications and removing non-free proprietary software. Later versions further in the 1.X series would further reduce the footprint and increase performance.
The next major Leeenux release (v2.0) would focus on improving appearance with custom icon and artwork, and increasing functionality while reducing memory usage.
For v3, the distribution was split into 4 variants with different sets of default applications. “Standard” edition followed the model of previous versions, “Extended” edition came with preinstalled proprietary software Skype, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash and some additional free software (required 1.7GB of HDD space), “Lite” was with most of the apps removed from the “Standard” edition (required 1.1GB of HDD space), “Gamer” edition that was build upon a “Lite” edition by installing most popular games for Linux that were tested to work on Asus EEE PC 4G (required 1.7GB of HDD space). In v3 were introduced Leeenux Java Script games, games that were played inside Firefox web browser.
The v4 was built from Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04. It featured 5 editions: “Standard”, “Extended”, “Gamer”, “Lite” and “Scientific”. “Scientific” came with preinstalled applications some of whom were gfortran, gnuplot, grade, ipython, etc. New application “Leeenux Cleaner” was introduced in this version, written in python.