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Istimsak Abdulbasir

Istimsak Abdulbasir

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  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Changing the OS to make a new one?
    [quote="Zethnos"]Cool thanks. I will check them out in a bit and see what they are like. I'll post back here when I decide. I can't seem to get my PMs to work on here.[/quote] What do you mean "PMs". I want to be clear so I am not making the wrong assumptions.
    Link to this post 01 Dec 14

    Zethnos said:

    Cool thanks. I will check them out in a bit and see what they are like. I'll post back here when I decide. I can't seem to get my PMs to work on here.

    What do you mean "PMs". I want to be clear so I am not making the wrong assumptions.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Changing the OS to make a new one?
    Haha, sorry. As a new user to linux, a recommend using something that mimics windows a bit. Start with Linuxmint the Xfce edition. It is light weight, allows you to install and remove programs easily using GUI tools, has codecs that allows you to play music, videos and interact with media on the web. It is backed by a great community who's mission is to create a true desktop linux OS. It is based on ubuntu and uses the same repositories, archive of programs that ubuntu downloads its packages from. It can use the latest open source and closed source programs. It has a beautiful visual expression. You will feel right at home with it. You don't need to do any heavy programming, configuration, or hacking. Linuxmint is Linux done for you. All you have to do, is boot and enjoy. [url=http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=22]http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=22[/url] Then when it is time to move on to something more advanced, try debian 7.7. [url=https://www.debian.org/distrib/]https://www.debian.org/distrib/[/url] Of course I am suggesting what I use. You don't have to pick them. There are hundreds of Linux distros. They all have a target audience. I cannot and will not learn all 230 Linux distros. I have picked what works for me and that is what I will stick with. If you take my route, I will be with you every step of the way.
    Link to this post 01 Dec 14

    Haha, sorry.

    As a new user to linux, a recommend using something that mimics windows a bit. Start with Linuxmint the Xfce edition. It is light weight, allows you to install and remove programs easily using GUI tools, has codecs that allows you to play music, videos and interact with media on the web. It is backed by a great community who's mission is to create a true desktop linux OS. It is based on ubuntu and uses the same repositories, archive of programs that ubuntu downloads its packages from. It can use the latest open source and closed source programs. It has a beautiful visual expression. You will feel right at home with it. You don't need to do any heavy programming, configuration, or hacking. Linuxmint is Linux done for you. All you have to do, is boot and enjoy.

    http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=22


    Then when it is time to move on to something more advanced, try debian 7.7.

    https://www.debian.org/distrib/

    Of course I am suggesting what I use. You don't have to pick them. There are hundreds of Linux distros. They all have a target audience. I cannot and will not learn all 230 Linux distros. I have picked what works for me and that is what I will stick with. If you take my route, I will be with you every step of the way.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Changing the OS to make a new one?
    Use the latest VM version 4.3.20 for windows. [url=https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads]https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads[/url]
    Link to this post 30 Nov 14

    Use the latest VM version 4.3.20 for windows.

    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Changing the OS to make a new one?
    I have an old tutorial that shows how I did this same thing on Xubuntu 12.04. [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrSaQChJ70w&index=1&list=PLjKzGLAepus8ob9XGuUKLpsJJqexiymIU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrSaQChJ70w&index=1&list=PLjKzGLAepus8ob9XGuUKLpsJJqexiymIU[/url]
    Link to this post 29 Nov 14

    I have an old tutorial that shows how I did this same thing on Xubuntu 12.04.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrSaQChJ70w&index=1&list=PLjKzGLAepus8ob9XGuUKLpsJJqexiymIU

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Changing the OS to make a new one?
    You can always install Linux on a VM. You can test how the system will function as if it was installed on real hardware. If you have hypervisor extensions support on your CPU, hopefully it is dual-core, you can test all your ideas on that system. It is what we call a virtual sandbox. There is where most prototyping it done. From me to you, power users like systems that expects the users to decide how it functions. There is no "one-system-fits-all". I have done what you were thinking about on debian based systems. To find what works, you will be testing multiple system before you get to one that speaks your language. A few places to start. [url=http://www.linux.com/directory/Distributions/desktop]http://www.linux.com/directory/Distributions/desktop[/url]
    Link to this post 29 Nov 14

    You can always install Linux on a VM. You can test how the system will function as if it was installed on real hardware. If you have hypervisor extensions support on your CPU, hopefully it is dual-core, you can test all your ideas on that system. It is what we call a virtual sandbox. There is where most prototyping it done.

    From me to you, power users like systems that expects the users to decide how it functions. There is no "one-system-fits-all". I have done what you were thinking about on debian based systems. To find what works, you will be testing multiple system before you get to one that speaks your language.

    A few places to start.

    http://www.linux.com/directory/Distributions/desktop

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Changing the OS to make a new one?
    [b]This is easy to do.[/b] First you want to use a window manager that allows you to customize panels, and add a remove launchers. The three that I know, are XFCE which uses the XFwm, KDE which uses Kwin, GNOME 2.3 that uses metacity, and LXDE that uses openbox. If you were to use XFCE, you can create panels on all edges of the desktop. Similar to what you have above. You can move launchers(agents that execute program shortcuts) to any location on the panel. You can configure the panels like a dock so you can easily drop programs or other functions on the panel. You can resize them, or, configure them to autohide. When you place the cursor at the edge where the panel sites, it will appear and disappear when you take the cursor off. You will enjoy a program called cairo-dock. I 3D dock that looks like the dock on a MacOSX system. If you have a powerful GPU, and your linux system supports composing, you can apply a huge list of visually appealing effects. You can also create a short that once clicked, it expands showing other shortcuts placed inside. [url=http://glx-dock.org/]http://glx-dock.org/[/url] It is impossible to explain all the possibilities with XFCE. Now, if you want to really test your metal, have a go with KDE's Kwin. Try not to go too far and beyond. [url=https://userbase.kde.org/KWin]https://userbase.kde.org/KWin[/url]
    Link to this post 29 Nov 14

    This is easy to do.

    First you want to use a window manager that allows you to customize panels, and add a remove launchers. The three that I know, are XFCE which uses the XFwm, KDE which uses Kwin, GNOME 2.3 that uses metacity, and LXDE that uses openbox.

    If you were to use XFCE, you can create panels on all edges of the desktop. Similar to what you have above. You can move launchers(agents that execute program shortcuts) to any location on the panel. You can configure the panels like a dock so you can easily drop programs or other functions on the panel. You can resize them, or, configure them to autohide. When you place the cursor at the edge where the panel sites, it will appear and disappear when you take the cursor off.

    You will enjoy a program called cairo-dock. I 3D dock that looks like the dock on a MacOSX system. If you have a powerful GPU, and your linux system supports composing, you can apply a huge list of visually appealing effects. You can also create a short that once clicked, it expands showing other shortcuts placed inside.

    http://glx-dock.org/

    It is impossible to explain all the possibilities with XFCE.

    Now, if you want to really test your metal, have a go with KDE's Kwin. Try not to go too far and beyond.

    https://userbase.kde.org/KWin

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