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    Pinguy OS

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    Pinguy OS an out-of-the-box working operating system for everyone, not just geeks

    This OS is for people that have never used Linux before or for people that just want an out-of-the-box working OS without doing all the tweaks and enhancements that everyone seems to do when installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu or other Linux based Distro's.

    What Is Pinguy OS?

    Ubuntu is a great OS and undoubtedly the most popular and easiest Linux based Distro to use but even with its default setup and chosen programs it's still lacking functionality and ease of use for most new users. So what I decided to do was build a Distro that looks good, could do everything most user would ever want to do and that was very simple to use.

    I started out by listening to what my friends and family wanted to use their PC for and found the most user friendly programs for the task they wanted to do. After a while I got a good idea what most people use their PC for and what programs where the easiest to use. Like using Shotwell for easily uploading images to Facebook, gtkpod for putting music, photos and video on a ipod/iphone and mvPod for converting the video to a iPod friendly format.

    So all the programs in Pinguy OS have been chosen because of there ease of use and functionality, I also changed every file type to open with the right program, like for some reason by default .iso are opened with Archive Manager so I changed that to Brasero Disc Burner.

    As I already said apart from it being easy to use I also wanted it to be a very good looking operating system. There are now a lot of programs out there for Linux to give the OS a very smart and polished implementation, like CoverGloobus, Gloobus Preview, GNOME Do, and Docky. These programs don't just give the OS a good look and feel but they are also very useful and handy.

    Pinguy OS is just an optimise build of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Minimal CD with added repositories, tweaks and enhancements that can run as a Live DVD or be installed. It has all the added packages needed for video, music and web content e.g. flash and java, plus a few fixes as well. Like fixing the wireless problems, gwibber's Facebook problem and flash videos in full-screen.

    Everything is set-up for samba, all you need to do is right click a folder you want to share and add a password in samba using system-config-samba.
    It also has a UPnP/DLNA server (pms-linux) so you can share your music, video's etc. With a PS3, XBOX 360, Smart Phones or any other UPnP/DLNA media reader.

    Nautilus has been replaced for Elementary-Nautilus with added plug-ins so it can get music and video art from the web.
    The default theme is Elementary using ttf-droid font with Docky and a custom Conky.

    Here's Some Screenshots:





    I have added DVB support to Totem for anyone with a TV card that wants to watch tv on their PC but don't want to install a dedicated program like myth-tv.

    Why Make Pinguy OS?

    I know what I am doing is not going to appeal to everyone, and a lot of people are not going to like the idea of me using Ubuntu instead of building my own base, even though Ubuntu uses Debian. I do have a set of goals for Pinguy OS that I am going to keep too. The problem is if you loose track of your goals and try to keep everyone happy the Distro will fall apart very quickly.

    There maybe a few programs on there that may seem out of place like PMS-Linux, but this will be a must have program pretty soon because its a UPnP/DLNA server, and lot of people are getting entertainment systems that use UPnP/DLNA to stream music/video. Nearly everything that is coming out has the ability to access a UPnP/DLNA server. So this is something I thought the Distro should have. I was going to use Mediatomb but after testing it on a few people they really struggled to get it working that's why I ended up with PMS-Linux.

    What I would like for this Distro is for everyone to be able to install it and use it straight away with little or no knowledge about Linux or computers. But I don't want to make it so simplistic that it becomes un-usable for more complex tasks that a more experienced user would want to do.

    There doesn't seem to be a Distro out there that's setup and ready to use with the minimal amount of needed programs. The Distro's I have seen that go over 700MB seem to try and fill a 4.7GB DVD. The problem with this is they fill it with way to many programs that most users are never going to use, and the programs are usually poorly chosen because they just don't have the time to test and try other ones. Also I see some of these Distro's install KDE and Gnome together. I have never understood the reasoning behind anyone using more then one desktop on the same Distro.

    Then there are the Distros that just don't add enough because they have to keep it under 700MB. These Distro just feel unfinished, they are lacking so much functionality out of the box, they look dowdy and stale compared to a more modern operating system and can't even share files on your network because most of the time Samba has been left out. I have never understood why any one would release a Distro that looks worse then XP and could do less out of the box.

    Pinguy OS Goals

    The goal is to have an out-of-the-box working operating system with intelligent chosen programs that all work and are easy to use. I don't want it to have every program under the sun like Ultimate Edition does, I just want a few well built programs for tasks that most people do. I don't want to many programs on there that can do the same task.

    Most people buy their PC/Laptops with the OS installed and preconfigured. Not many people install their OS their self and the ones that try usually haven't got a clue what to do afterwards.

    What I am trying to do is to have a operating system that works and acts like a preconfigured OS like the ones you get when buying a new PC. that's also very easy to be installed.

    32-Bit or 64-Bit?

    If you have a 64-Bit processor you should go with the 64-Bit version of the OS, unless you have a technical or business reasons for not migrating to 64-bit Linux with compatible hardware, there is no reason to stick around with a 32-bit. The main reason for going with 64-bit is because it's faster then 32-bit on the same hardware and there aren't many programs now that don't run on 64-bit.

    The following processors support 64-Bit:

    • AMD 64-Bit processors ( Athlon 64, Opteron, later Sempron, Turion 64, Phenom, Athlon II and Phenom II processors)
    • Intel 64-Bit processors (Celeron D, later Pentium 4, Pentium D, later Xeon, Core 2 (not Core Duo), Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Atom processors)


    There maybe more so please check to see if your processor is compatible. If you have any doubts or are not sure if you have a 64-Bit processor go with the 32-Bit version.


    Pinguy OS 10.04.1.2 x86-64 (64-Bit)
    - *Final Release Branded*


    Pinguy OS 10.04.1.2 i686 (32-Bit)
    - *Final Release Branded*


    DONATE TO PINGUY OS or show some love on Flattr.com

    What Pinguy OS comes with

    Accessories:



    Graphics:



    Internet:



    Office:



    Sound & Video:



    System Tools:



    Other:



    For a full list of installed programs and repos for 10.04.1 *OLD* download this file.
    Last edited by pinguy; October 9th, 2010 at 09:11 PM.

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    Re: Pinguy OS 10.04 x64, Please Try.

    Pros: Ubuntu based? I guess?

    Cons (long list?):

    1. DVD ISO. hate those.

    2. Programs...

    Accessories:

    * Activity Journal -- Won't use
    * AllTray -- Won't use
    * Catfish -- Meh
    * CoverChooser -- Won't use
    * CoverGloobus -- Won't use
    * Gloobus Preview -- Won't use
    * GNOME Do -- Won't use
    * Shutter -- Won't use


    Graphics:

    * gpicview -- Won't use
    * pinta -- Won't use
    * Rapid Photo Downloader -- Won't use
    * Shotwell -- won't use
    * Simple Scan -- Will use xsane instead, simple scan is slower.


    Internet:

    * Deluge -- Good
    * Dropbox -- Won't use
    * Empathy -- Pidgin Instead
    * Firefox -- Good
    * FrostWire -- Won't use
    * Gwibber -- Won't use
    * Thunderbird -- Won't use, I use gmail's web based email.
    * pms-linux -- I'm not female.
    * Skype -- Will NEVER use.
    * TED: Torrent Episode Downloader -- Heckno.


    Office:

    * Adobe Reader 9 -- Nope
    * OpenOffice -- Meh


    Sound & Video:

    * Brasero -- Sure
    * DeVeDe -- Nope
    * GNOME MPlayer -- Nope, use totem
    * gtkpod -- Nope
    * HandBrake -- Ew...
    * mvPod -- Nope
    * OpenShot -- Nope
    * Rhythmbox -- Ew
    * VLC 1.1.0 -- Nope

    System Tools:

    Ailurus -- Don't know, don't need
    BleachBit -- Don't know, don't need
    GConf Cleaner -- Nope
    VirtualBox -- Maybe... but doubtful
    hardinfo -- Sure
    Ubuntu Tweak -- Nope, I know how and where to put things myself.

    so I'd rather not use your distro. Thanks.

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    Re: Pinguy OS 10.04 x64, Please Try.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucradia View Post
    * HandBrake -- Ew...
    ???

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    Re: Pinguy OS 10.04 x64, Please Try.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucradia View Post
    Pros: Ubuntu based? I guess?

    Cons (long list?):
    *snip*
    Was this post really necessary? Pinguy, good work. I'm glad your friends/family appreciate your work.

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    Re: Pinguy OS 10.04 x64, Please Try.

    Quote Originally Posted by walkerk View Post
    Was this post really necessary? Pinguy, good work. I'm glad your friends/family appreciate your work.
    Thanks I'm just trying to do my bit to get Ubuntu out there.
    This OS isn't for people who know how to use Ubuntu it's for people that are new to it. Ubuntu maybe easy to use but not all of the programs for it are, so all I did was listen to what people wanted and found the most user friendly programs for the task.

    Like PMS-Linux, its not the best Upnp server but it's much easier to use then mediatomb, and it just works. Shotwell's really easy for uploading images to facebook and gtkpod is great for putting images, photos and video on a ipod/iphone and they can use mvPod to covert the video.

    The system was built to have eye candy (CoverGloobus, Gloobus Preview, GNOME Do, Docky) and for every part of it to be user-friendly, I even changed every file type to open with the right program, like for some reason by default .iso are opened with Archive Manager so I changed that to Brasero Disc Burner.
    Last edited by pinguy; July 10th, 2010 at 05:25 PM.

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    Re: Pinguy OS 10.04 x64, Please Try.

    You changed the UI a little so as to resemble OSX? Some people might like it . Anyway good work . I hope this help some people to use linux easier.
    You could use cairo dock. Just an opinion
    Last edited by neoargon; July 10th, 2010 at 05:26 PM.

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    Re: Pinguy OS 10.04 x64, Please Try.

    Quote Originally Posted by neoargon View Post
    You changed the UI a little so as to resemble OSX? Some people might like it . Anyway good work . I hope this help some people to use linux easier.
    You could use cairo dock. Just an opinion
    OSX has a good user interface design so why not use the best aspects of it. They screwed us with Darwin so why not take something useful from them.

    Quote Originally Posted by neoargon View Post
    You could use cairo dock. Just an opinion
    Again ease of use. Less is sometimes more.
    Last edited by pinguy; July 10th, 2010 at 05:36 PM.

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    Re: Pinguy OS 10.04 x64, Please Try.

    HeHe . It's up to you . But i can't figure out how cairo is less easier .
    Your distro is not just one with some different default installation.
    Cool work . How did you do this much change with remastersys?

    I once created a distro(with reconstructor) . Your defaults look like that distro.
    Last edited by neoargon; July 10th, 2010 at 05:44 PM.

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    Re: Pinguy OS 10.04 x64, Please Try.

    Quote Originally Posted by neoargon View Post
    HeHe . It's up to you . But i can't figure out how cairo is less easier .
    Your distro is not just one with some different default installation.
    Cool work . How did you do this much change with remastersys?

    I once created a distro(with reconstructor) . Your defaults look like mine .
    The Default profile folder is at:
    Code:
    /etc/skel
    The main 4 folders you need to copy there are:
    Code:
    .config 
    .gconf 
    .gnome2 
    .local
    You will have to go into each folder to make sure you delete a few things, like any apps in /.gconf/apps that you don't want the settings copied and /.gnome2/keyrings
    That's the easy way. The proper way would be to find the settings folder for each item and change it there. To change firefox default settings you would do it here:
    Code:
    /usr/lib/firefox-3.6.6/defaults/profile
    Plus any fixes you do or editing to system files get copied when making a backup using remastersys.
    Last edited by pinguy; July 10th, 2010 at 06:01 PM.

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    Re: Pinguy OS 10.04 x64, Please Try.

    Quote Originally Posted by pinguy View Post
    The Default profile folder is at /etc/skel
    The main 4 folders you need to copy there are .config .gconf .gnome2 .local
    You will have to go into each folder to make sure you delete a few things, like any apps in /.gconf/apps that you don't want the settings copied and /.gnome2/keyrings
    That's the easy way. The proper way would be to find the setting folder for each iteam and change it there. To change firefox default settings you would do it here /usr/lib/firefox-3.6.6/defaults/profile

    Plus any fixes you do or editing to system files get copied when making a backup using remastersys.
    Ok

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