Blueprint for a Better Linux Distribution
From: DoubleZ (double_z2003_at_yahoo.co.uk)
Date: 22 Aug 2003 05:56:24 -0700
Blueprint for a Better Linux Distribution.
--> Called CremDeLa Linux, it intends to be cream of Linux
distribution, polished and professional.
--> Based on Slackware, it will be orientated for the desktop. It
will focus on delivering a good GNOME desktop, with additional tools
for the tasks the user requires, like media, word-processing, e-mail
--> It will invite the user to accustom himself with the terminal
interface, with useful configuration apps and intoductions.
--> It aims to be consistant and streamlined, the GNU tools' manuals
and others will be re-written for this.
--> It tries to accomplish nearly all tasks without having to ask the
user for a 'root password'.
--> We do all the configuration and tinkering - the user just Uses
the OS. The user shouldn't be forced to configure or tinker.
--> There shall be no duplication of apps, no confusion. Just the
cream, the crem de la crem of apps.
--> Autopackage shall be included in the distribution, it will be
used for any additional packages the user decides to install himself
(NOTE: The 'install in home dir' should be reviewed, if KDE or other
such integral apps were installed here it could be corrupted, modified
easily by the 'ordinary' user. Otherwise Autopackage is a great
--> Never shall we exceed the limit of 1 CD-ROM for the distribution.
--> It should appeal to the power user who wants to have fun with
their OS, who wants little configuration and maintainance for a good
GUI and application selection.
--> It aims to be professional enough to be adopted in office
situations for small and home businesses, where it can be adopted and
used without thought of what OS it is - it just Works Right, period.
----> TAKE IT AWAY, PEOPLE... POST YOUR IDEAS... MAKE THE BETTER
LINUX DISTRIBUTION... <----
The Terminal interface:
:: CremDeLa Linux :: [version 1.11]
RAM Usage: 56MB (of 128MB)
Partition Usage: /dev/hda5 (root, ext2) 68% (Capacity 10.5GB)
Processes: 12 user processes (consuming 33MB of memory), 5 system
processes (consuming 13MB of memory)
User Login (Tip: Press the 'up' and 'down' keys to scroll users)
Load X-Windows GUI or terminal interface (X,T)? _T
CremDeLa Linux 1.11
Welcome, Joe J. (Tip: For an introduction to terminal commands and
tasks, type 'termintro'
MORE TIPS -> * Tip: To launch the X-Windows GUI with a selected
desktop environment or window manager, type 'startx'. To start it in a
minimal environment with a terminal, type 'xinit'
* Tip: To set up the internet, type 'cdl-pppsetup'. Type 'ppp-on' to
connect and 'ppp-off' to disconnect. For a terminal-based web browser,
* Tip: For information on a command's options, or switches, type
'(command) --help'. For a manual containing further information on it,
type 'man' and the name of the command, e.g. 'man tar'
* Tip: Tar is an archiving app. From the terminal type 'tar -cf
(examplearchive).tar (directorytoarchive)' to create an archive of a
directory. For more information type 'tar --help'
* Tip: To extract a Tar/Gzip archive from the terminal type 'tar -xzf
(example).tar.gz'. To extract a Tar/Bzip2 archive type 'tar -xjf
* Tip: Bzip2 can be used to compress files of any type, and is useful
for compressing Tar archives. Type 'bzip2 (filetocompress)' to
compress, 'bzip2 --help' for more information
* Tip: To see the current date and time, type 'date'
* Tip: Type 'ls -l' for a directory listing with detailed information
* Tip: 'chmod' and 'chown' can be used to set the permissions of
files. Type 'chmod u+rwx (file)' to add 'read-write-execute'
permission to the owner of the file. Type 'chown (username/uid)
(file)' to change owner. Type --help with 'chown' or 'chmod' for more
* Tip: Type 'top' for a process listing, with memory, CPU usage and
priority, refreshed per second
* Tip: Type 'ps -A' for a list of all processes and their
corresponding process IDs
* Tip: Type 'du -sh' for a summary on the amount of space the current
directory, and subdirectories, consume in MB or KB
* Tip: Type 'df' for information on the amount of space free and used
on mounted disks
* Tip: You don't have to manually mount and unmount CD-ROMs and floppy
/characters indicating progress (like oggenc) as shell