Against all odds, Ubuntulite fights back

Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.

This is probably the most boring screenshot ever, but it’s an important one.

That’s Ubuntulite 7.04, a fresh installation and a working system. Laugh if you want, but that’s an important step.

Shae Smittle in the Ubuntulite group has put together a workable deb that, when installed via aptitude, brings in the entire framework for an ultralight system. It’s built around Openbox with XDM, and has a nice array of default applications to keep your old Pentium II in business.

Installation is not difficult, and should be something most beginners should be able to handle.

Add these lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file

deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/ubuntulite feisty main
deb-src http://download.tuxfamily.org/ubuntulite feisty main

Install the apt-key for this repository.

wget http://download.tuxfamily.org/ubuntulite/37FADB75.key -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Make sure that’s all on one line, and don’t miss the trailing hyphen. Watch for the password prompt too. After that,

sudo apt-get install ubuntulite-desktop

And the magic begins. Shae says an installation script is in the works, to further lighten the burden of installing.

At present it’s very rough around the edges. Right now what the project needs most is an individual look. Some prefit wallpaper are on the group pages, so if you want to try your hand at creating GTK1/2 or Openbox themes specially for the project, now’s the time to roll up your sleeves.

Aside from that, give it a try and post some feedback to the group. This could be a chance to throw in an opinion early, and get things pushed in your direction.

Edit: Here’s a better screenshot, just so you don’t feel all brokenhearted about that other one.

That’s with lxpanel added, and the Debian GTK2 theme to match the debfskin theme bundled with XMMS in Ubuntu, and the Mister theme from box-look.org. Thank goodness for box-look.org. …

Of course, all these rounded corners and shaded buttons are a bit hefty for a machine with only 2Mb of shared video memory. Time to lighten the load. …

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7 Responses to “Against all odds, Ubuntulite fights back”


  1. 1 joe 2007/09/16 at 4:50 PM

    Nice
    does it work on ppc?

  2. 2 K.Mandla 2007/09/16 at 5:10 PM

    To be honest, I’m not sure. I see that the repositories are flagged as i386, but that’s just a metapackage, so there’s no real binary in there, I think. All the software is drawn from the repos you already have set in your sources.list, so if you’re on a PPC and you’re downloading from those repos, it might work.

    Don’t hold me to that though. I gave up my last PPC machine about four years ago. … :(

  3. 3 Luke 2007/09/17 at 8:50 AM

    Oooh! Nice. Yet another distro to try on my really ancient laptop!

  4. 4 slayerboy 2007/09/18 at 6:11 AM

    I may have to try this. While my computer isn’t exactly ancient with it’s AMD Sempron 2.0GHz, 1 GB RAM, and 256MB Nvidia Geforce 6200…..I play World of Warcraft…and it seems like Gnome chokes that game. Gnome is getting just as bloated as KDE IMHO. I will at least give Openbox a try. I’ve never heard of it!.

  5. 5 K.Mandla 2007/09/18 at 8:05 AM

    Openbox is definitely tops for me. I used Gnome for a long time, then changed to XFCE when Xubuntu was fast, but I changed to Openbox about a year ago and I’ll never go back. More control, and faster. Perfect for speed freaks. … Like me. ;)

  6. 6 Shae Smittle 2007/09/21 at 11:09 AM

    Instructions for installing with the install script can be found here:
    http://ubuntulite.tuxfamily.org/?q=node/2

    I am not sure if the package will work on a ppc machine, but I will investigate the matter and try to get back.


  1. 1 An Ubuntulite screenshot thread « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/09/21 at 9:10 AM

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