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  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
    Indiana, United States

    Your Perfect Distro?

    If you had to create a distro what would it be? Me personally I would create a distro with no gui by default. On booting the cd it would ask you to pick a DE to install and then it would install basically an unmodified version of the DE. Then you would reboot and get to your desktop and it would give you a list of about 100 of the most popular applications and you would check the box next to the ones you want and hit install. Personally I like ubuntu but i hate how they install apps that i don't want/need by default like a cd burner when i'm using it on a pc without a cd drive. Could a distro like this work? Or am I crazy?
    Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2006
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Your Perfect Distro?

    Unity. So that the launcher is set to hide automatically. Trash and desktop switcher icons removed.
    A unity-taskbar compiz plugin running, it is a bottom side bar the size of the top panel. That acts like a proper taskbar and also enables desktop switching by a single click.

    Default apps:
    - LibreOffice, latest firefox. GIMP, Inkscape, Gnome-desktop-utils (Search, disk space analyzer). Ubuntu's configuration stuff. Nautilus (but not the most recent one). Rythmbox.

    Latest stable WINE and winetricks by default.

    All media codecs. ALL of them.

    The only presence of MONO is in the wine-mono package.

    And I think that's all.

    No ubuntu one.
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  3. #3
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    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Your Perfect Distro?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    Personally I like ubuntu but i hate how they install apps that i don't want/need by default like a cd burner when i'm using it on a pc without a cd drive. Could a distro like this work? Or am I crazy?
    This is why I build all my installs using the mini.iso. You get a bare command line installation and add only what you want from there.

    One of my favorite installs ATM is 12.04/MATE with only hand-picked apps installed.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2010
    N. Wisconsin

    Re: Your Perfect Distro?

    My configuration is as follows for a dream Distro:

    ## Remember to use alsamixer then, after quitting it with desired settings, use alsactl store.
    ## In pcmanfm, make sure it's the desktop manager.
    ## .config/openbox/
    ## ## Add pcmanfm -d
    ## ## Add conky
    ## /etc/apt/sources.list
    ## ## Add deb squeeze main non-free
    ## ## Add contrib to all the debian repos.
    ## After installing flash, replace it with 10.1, as it's much faster.
    apt-get install openbox obmenu menu obconf openbox-themes gtk-themes-murrine gtk-chtheme alsa-utils iceweasel xorg pcmanfm gnome-icon-theme stalonetray conky flashplugin-nonfree hplip xsane gimp pidgin pidgin-libnotify gstreamer0.10-x gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg ffmpeg faad faac totem freepats x264 libdvdcss2 sakura htop scrot unclutter xdg-utils usbmount --no-install-recommends
    Some builds of pcmanfm won't take the desktop sadly (and there are no desktop options in said builds.) I get frustrated when that happens. Conky:

        # Conky, a system monitor, based on torsmo
        # Any original torsmo code is licensed under the BSD license
        # All code written since the fork of torsmo is licensed under the GPL
        # Please see COPYING for details
        # Copyright (c) 2004, Hannu Saransaari and Lauri Hakkarainen
        # Copyright (c) 2005-2009 Brenden Matthews, Philip Kovacs, et. al. (see AUTHORS)
        # All rights reserved.
        # This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
        # it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
        # the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
        # (at your option) any later version.
        # This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
        # but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
        # GNU General Public License for more details.
        # You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
        # along with this program.  If not, see <>.
        # Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
        own_window yes
        own_window_hints sticky,undecorated,below,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
        background no
        # Use double buffering (reduces flicker, may not work for everyone)
        double_buffer yes
        # fiddle with window
        use_spacer yes
        use_xft yes
        # Update interval in seconds
        update_interval 0.5
        # Minimum size of text area
        #minimum_size 5 5
        # Draw shades?
        draw_shades yes
        # Text stuff
        draw_outline no # amplifies text if yes
        draw_borders no
        uppercase no # set to yes if you want all text to be in uppercase
        # Stippled borders?
        stippled_borders 8
        # border margins
        border_margin 4
        # border width
        border_width 1
        # Default colors and also border colors, grey90 == #e5e5e5
        default_color white
        default_shade_color black
        default_outline_color white
        own_window_colour brown
        own_window_transparent yes
        # Text alignment, other possible values are commented
        #alignment top_left
        #alignment top_right
        alignment bottom_left
        #alignment bottom_right
        # Gap between borders of screen and text
        gap_x 10
        gap_y 10
        # stuff after 'TEXT' will be formatted on screen
        override_utf8_locale no
        xftfont Terminus:size=8
        xftalpha 0.8
        ${offset 0}${color lightgrey}Kern:${color }$kernel ][ ${offset 0}${color lightgrey}${time %a, } ${color }${time %e %B %G} ][ ${offset 0}${color lightgrey}${time %Z,    }${color }${time %H:%M:%S} ][ ${offset 0}${color lightgrey}CPU:${color } $cpu% ${acpitemp}C ${offset 0}${cpubar 3,100} ][ ${offset 0}${color lightgrey}MEM:  ${color } $memperc% $mem/$memmax ${offset 0}${membar 3,100} ][ ${offset 0}${color lightgrey}SWAP: ${color }$swapperc% $swap/$swapmax ${offset 0}${swapbar 3,100} ][ ${offset 0}${color lightgrey}NET: ${offset 0}${color}Up: ${color }${upspeed eth0} ${offset 0}${color}Down: ${color }${downspeed eth0}${color}
    And autostart:
    # Run the system-wide support stuff
    # Programs that will run after Openbox has started
    (sleep 2 && pcmanfm -d) &
    (sleep 2 && conky -d) &
    (sleep 2 && stalonetray --dockapp-mode --sticky true -t true --grow-gravity W) &
    With this setup you WILL have to use CUPS webpage to add printers/scanners. It is located at localhost:631 (If you do not have an HP Printer, you will have to forego using hplip, and just install cups, etc.)
    Last edited by Lucradia; August 31st, 2012 at 05:39 PM.
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  5. #5
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    Aug 2005

    Re: Your Perfect Distro?

    It would be Arch based so it would probably just be default post install script instead of a actual distro.

  6. #6
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    Oct 2004

    Re: Your Perfect Distro?

    Ubuntu, but with greater continuity of branding and style and with device type spins as opposed to DE spins.
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  7. #7
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    Sep 2011

    Re: Your Perfect Distro?

    openSUSE with Gnome 3 and a Software Centre
    - or -
    Ubuntu that runs quicker (ie. improve or remove Compiz), with less bugs, better compatibility.

    Ubuntu is pretty good when it's running well, but it seems quite buggy, even the LTS, and it's the slowest Linux distro I've used - still move responsive than Windows 7, but not by alot.

    openSUSE runs much better, is more stable, much quicker, compatible with more hardware out of the box, but lacks a few of the user-friendly touches that Ubuntu has - namely a software centre, and easy installation of non-free drivers...

  8. #8
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    Jun 2008

    Re: Your Perfect Distro?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    Could a distro like this work? Or am I crazy?
    This is more or less how all distros worked before around 2004 or so. Honestly, it was a nightmare for anyone learning Linux. Then came Knoppix and MEPIS with the whole liveCD install-a-complete-desktop-with-minimal-questions thing, and it turned out to be pretty successful. Many distros still do it "þe olde way", though.


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