Article by Gabriele
After about a month of work and various tests I’m proud to make public the result of this commitment:
UbuBox “SalentOS” live 11.04.
The idea to make a personal operating system, flashed in my head for quite some time, but for one reason or another I never managed to get to work seriously on such a project. In these days I decided to commit myself “full time” to it and I did it, also pushed by the wave of news that are coming in the world of the penguin! I did not, initially, planned to make UbuBox “SalentOS” public. Then, along the way, thanks to the advice of some friends and the realization that the system satisfy me, I said “Who knows … maybe this could satisfy someone else too. Why not make it public?”.
Well, the premise it’s over, now the presentation of UbuBox “SalentOS” 11.04.
I started with a minimal install (with only a command-line) and I chose Ubuntu Natty with Openbox as window manager. The criterion that guided me in building UbuBox “SalentOS” was to find the right balance between lightweight and efficiency, so for this reason I’ve added to Openbox software coming from Gnome or XFCE environments. For the creation of the iso I used remastersys.
1 – THE NAME: “SalentOS”
I decided to make a tribute to my beloved land, Salento, choosing to put some of the wallpapers that immortalize the beautiful landscapes, places and moments of Salento. Many are made with my camera, others come from the network.
2 – THE BASE
Ubuntu 11.04, in my opinion, was the right choice for the basis of UbuBox “SalentOS” for several reasons: the kernel 2.6.38, the robustness of the system from Canonical, the ease of installation of the packages .deb and the will to don’t wanting to give up instruments such as the Software Center and Synaptic.
3 – THE WINDOW MANAGER
The choice of Openbox was made because I am interested in having very light but elegant graphics system, which combine Docky, the popular Mac-style dock! The bottom panel is Tint2, which is also very light and extremely configurable (it can be customized by modifying the file tint2rc with a simple text editor), like Conky that i’ve inserted with his default configuration on the desktop. The compositing manager (shadows, fades and other small effects) that I’ve chose is the very light xcompmgr, set to be active at startup, but without any effects.
The software that I’ve decided to pre-install is :
ACCESSORIES: calculator, Leafpad (Text Editor), Disk Usage Analyzer (baobab), screen capture tool (xfce4-screenshooter), Notes (xfce4-notes), file search tool (Catfish)
AUDIO/VIDEO: Audacity, Avidemux (video editor), Cheese, Desktop Recorder (recordmydesktop) EasyTAG (edit mp3 tags), Audacious (music player), words (multimedia player), Gtkpod (iPod Manager), VLC, Xfburn (burner cd / dvd)
GRAPHIC: Gimp, Simple scan, Ristretto (image viewer)
INTERNET: aMule, Sylpheed (email client), Midori (browser default), Firefox, Pidgin (IM accounts manager), Gwibber (social network account manager), FileZilla, Liferea (manager feeds), Uget (download manager), qBittorrent.
OFFICE: Suite LibreOffice
SYSTEM TOOL: Ubuntu Tweak, Unetbootin, Virtualbox
Among the other tools there are GDM-tweaker (aesthetic graphical tool for configuring the login manager that allows you to set-background and icons of the same theme), Gmrun (application launcher that is started by pressing Alt-F2), and Gparted and Remastersys backup.
The ISO is around 1.1GB and is recordable on a DVD. This, I repeat, is a live system, but it’s also possible to do an HD install by clicking on “Install UbuBox” SalentOS” from the main menu (the installer is for Ubuntu). If for any reason you should need the username and password during the live session, they are:
PASSWORD: leave blank and press enter
SESSION DESKTOP: openbox-session (The only one installed and running)