If you like Manjaro you will probably like Antergos as well. They are both based on Arch and function similarly. The differ however on the installer. With Manjaro you download the ISO for the version you want, pick one of the three installers and end up with an install looking just like the live image. With Antergos it is one installer that lets you pick the version you want and letting you choose what features you want as well. While I’m not a fan of the live image using the Gnome DE, you only have to deal with that until you are done with the install. I went with the Openbox version and so far it has been great. You get a nice slim Openbox install needing minimal to no tweaking. Also as a big plus, Openbox auto generates its menus keeping it up-to-date as you add and remove programs. This distro left me happily surprised and I plan to definitely keep it around.
Month: September 2016
It is crazy to think about just how old this OS. We it came out I upgraded my PC with 192MB of RAM from Windows 2000 to it. It finally brought the much more stable NT kernel to a consumer OS. Before XP I dual booted Windows 2000 with Windows ME because 2000 was stable and ME could run my games. XP was great for its time but it stuck around way too long. New technologies kept getting bolted on causing a need for piles of extra drivers and convoluted installs involving floppy disks (try installing XP onto an SATA drive when they came out). On top of that XP turned into a virus and malware filled cesspool. The massive flop of Vista kept XP around even longer and while XP has been EOL for over 2 years now it is still being used in some places. Playing with it in a VM now reminds me how little resources it needed (most PCs still running it are in terrible shape at this point). It also reminds me of how dated it is.
Another new Manjaro release is out and it doesn’t look like the Fluxbox or Openbox spins will be updated anytime soon. This gave me a reason to figure out what I needed to do to set them up on my own. I’m not a huge Openbox user but I really like Fluxbox. I started with Manjaro XFCE 16.08 and added in Fluxbox and Openbox to the install. I started by basing it off the last releases for both and tweaking it to my liking so all 3 have a number of similarities. I reused a number of applications between them to cut down on the extra junk I needed to install. I ended up going with most of the Manjaro XFCE default programs (thunar, mousepad, xfce4-terminal) since they were already there and they worked without an issue. For this project I used an old HP Pavilion dm1 laptop that I had sitting around and now that I have the process down I am starting to setup my Dell XPS 13 the same way. While the dm1 is slow it runs all 3 desktops great. The only time you feel how much older and slower it is, is when you are opening a few apps (Chrome, Wmail, Slack) or compiling a program through yaourt (Chrome takes forever!). Overall this process has been great for learning differences between Fluxbox and Openbox and figuring out how they are configured. I plan to add a few more desktops into the mix eventually so I can learn more about them as well. I’ve also starting working on building them from just the Manjaro net edition to slim it down some more but there are a few things I need to get worked out before that will be ready for real hardware.