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Installer progress

July 28, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Hello everyone!

I am back with some updates on Valec!

The GitHub Repository

First of all, I created a repo on GitHub, where I push any new changes as soon as they're written. You can find it at https://github.com/fyr77/valec

At the time of writing this, there's not much to see yet, but that will change as soon as the installer is done.

The Installer

I decided to split the installer into to components:

  1. The OS installer, which automatically installs a barebones Arch Linux instance
  2. The experience installer, which can be run directly after the OS installer or from any already existing Arch-based setup. This installs XFCE and all other components which make up Valec, including a "minimal" version and a "full" setup, which contains stuff like LibreOffice

This means that the installers may be used seperated from each other. One might simply use the OS installer to skip the tedious part of Arch installation and skip right to customization, or use the experience installer to install Valec on top of something else.

Distribution

This also means that Valec will not be a classical Linux distribution. I will not host ISOs to download, but I will create a script which creates the ISOs on-demand from clean Arch Linux ISOs. That way I do not have to worry about hosting or updating the ISOs itself.

This script will not only be able to create regular patched Valec ISOs, but specific nVidia ISOs as well, which run the proprietary driver by default. (Hopefully this will work how I want it to.)

That's all for now. I'll keep you posted of course.


The Logo

July 8, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Hello everyone!

I finalised the logo! Here it is:

The Lizard is called Ivo, he's the mascot now :)

That's it for now. Until next post.


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Linux distribution - Update #1

July 8, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Hello again!

Over the past few days I tried quite a few installer options for the distro. I am sure that I'll first release it with only a terminal-based installer that I will write myself, since many of the existing ones are either outdated, unintuitive or just way too complicated for what I need.

I will use whiptail to display the UI, since it's included in Arch by default. When I'm done with everything, I'll re-write the installer for use in a graphical enviroment, maybe using Zenity? We'll see.

I thought of using "Valec", which comes from the Czech "válec" which means "roll" - since it's a rolling-release distro. Of course I'm still open to better ideas.

I'll keep you posted on my progress - goodbye for now.

Image of Aruban Whiptail by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen


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Creating a Linux distribution

June 30, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Hello there!

Recently I happened to stumble over a relatively new Linux distro called Enso OS. This distro is basically the child of ElementaryOS and Xubuntu - based on the latter and incorporating many eye-candies of the former.

After trying it out I certainly was impressed, and so were a quite a few other people - including Jason Evangelho, a Forbes writer whose articles I quite enjoy reading.

The only issue I had with Enso OS was it's base. I like to have more recent packages and therefore prefer rolling-release distributions like Arch Linux, so I decided to port the Enso OS experience to Arch Linux. I have not decided on a name yet.

Progress

I have tested the most important applications in a clean Arch environment and successfully used them. The only exception was Enso's Fork of panther_launcher, where they included a few nifty customisations. I have to look into that.

Todo


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