My uglified ConnochaetOS beta 2 desktop

I don’t have much to report today, except to show my own rendition of ConnochaetOS‘s beta 2 IceWM environment.

I know: Zzzz. I took something admirable and made it into something terrifically boring. I apologize. It’s like dumping tomato ketchup on a lobster dinner.

But what can I say? I messed with both this one and the IceBuntu-wannabe desktop, and the XP Classic lookalike handles better at 150Mhz. An unexpected bonus. :|

I am enjoying ConnochaetOS for being one of the few distros I can find that can pull off the trifecta on the Mebius: native framebuffer resolution with the tridentfb module, a proper Xorg of any version using any driver, and the ability to connect to my network with zero configuration.

The fact that it can also run the ISA sound card if I give it the module makes it a head-and-shoulders winner over a lot of the distros I have force-fed this machine.

I am still building a lot of my own packages, just because there is still a lot of stuff that ConnochaetOS doesn’t offer in its repo, that I prefer to use on my machines.

I don’t have much to share this time though, and even if I did it would only be the same PKGBUILD that appears in the Arch Linux repos, with only the ‘i586′ identifier added to the architecture field.

But we discussed that last month. Suffice to say that a few additional keystrokes don’t delay me that much.

And the results are quite satisfying. It may be that ConnochaetOS is aimed at a slightly different market than the machines I target, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive to me.

If you have an i586 that needs an exceptionally light distro, and you’re familiar with Arch Linux’s setup and arrangement, you’ll appreciate it. Give it a spin. ;)

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4 Responses to “My uglified ConnochaetOS beta 2 desktop”

  1. 1 CountDuckula 2010/12/11 at 6:25 AM

    You know, I am beginning to hate that XP clone look but you have given me an idea. I put it to my father-in-law that he should try Linux a while back, being in his eighties he ain’t fixing what isn’t broke, he said thanks but no thanks.

    Well if I clone Linux to look like XP he probably won’t even notice – this has now got me thinking… :)

    • 2 chrisl 2010/12/11 at 7:28 AM

      “no, thats wrong”
      “desktop themes should not be used that way”
      “is unethical to cheat people”
      screw that crap.
      good idea, I’m gonna try the same. :D

  2. 3 Charles Zha 2010/12/11 at 9:03 AM

    Well, if the only change to PKGBUILD is the arch field, you might as well use them unmodified and run makepkg with -A so it ignores the arch field. Saves a few more keystrokes ;-)

    • 4 K.Mandla 2010/12/11 at 8:20 PM

      Very true, Charles. I did that a few times, but thought if I was going to share the PKGBUILDs, I might go ahead and actually adjust them. I suppose either way is fine.

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