Frequently Asked Questions

About Donau

Donau is a 64-bit Debian Linux-based Operating System.

By default, it includes tools such as LibreOffice and Anjuta, so you can begin working straight away, or swap them for any alternatives should you want to.

The default shell (desktop environment) of Donau is Frauenbach, which aims to provide a clean experience for both normal and power users.

  1. The Taskbar, showing all open applications. (Tint 2)
  2. The Start Button and Shortcut area.
  3. Widgets, Applets and Calendar area.
  4. An open window, in this case the File Manager. (PCManFM, Openbox)
  5. The Desktop, featuring the default icons. (PCManFM)

Donau is Free Software. It comes free of charge, and can be installed limitlessly.


The downloadable iso image is available at the Download page.

You can install Donau side-by-side with your current Operating System, install Donau alone or install it in a Virtual Machine.

Most Virtual Machine applications have proprietary drivers that need to be installed for the system to work properly. Please check the instructions given by the application's developers.

Your root and user password are not the same! The root password is used when making changes to the system, the user password is used when logging in.

When live booting, the user password is: live .

Tips and Tricks

  • You can use the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu anywhere.

  • Kupfer includes a text mode that can be accessed by pressing the Gear icon, then choosing Toggle Text Mode. This feature can help users that do not enjoy the way Kupfer handles input by default.

  • Anjuta can compile to C/C++ by default. To compile other programming languages, make sure to install their development packages from the Application Manager.

  • To update your Operating System, follow these steps:

    Save all unsaved files and close all opened programs before applying a System Software Update! Your Computer will restart automatically.

    1. From the Task Bar, click on the Start icon.
    2. From the Start Menu, click on Search....
    3. When Kupfer appears, start typing gksu, then press the Enter key.
    4. In the Pop-Up Dialog, enter your root password, then hit Enter once more.
    5. In the Terminal window, type the following, then press Enter: donauctl sysupdate check
    6. When DonauCTL finds an update, it will ask you whether or not you would like to update. To proceed, type the letter Y, then hit Enter one last time. The update will proceed, and your Computer will restart.