New Artix Plasma/LXQt and MATE/LXDE, community editions

After last month’s releases two more releases have come out.  We emphasize that those are all “community editions”, not official Artix images.  The last official Artix image published is over 7 months old and it may take some fancy pacman work to bring it up to date, while its net-install will require about 1GB of additional downloads to update included packages.  This is a bit unfair to those struggling with low-speed and volume cost connections, since the size of the image downloaded is practically all useless and nearly all packages have to redownloaded.

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Official Announcement and screenshots

On those double desktop images the autologin takes you to one of them, you can log out and once back to the Display Manager you can select the other desktop and log back in again.  While most distributions try to minimize the size of the downloaded image Artix seems eager to double their size.

Review: Nutyx GNU-Linux, if you play your “cards” right

Note1 (Nov-05-2020):  We have been informed that Nutyx has converted to full use of systemd.  There will be no more coverage of this distribution on this site.  Unless this is an unofficial fork of Nutyx which replaces its init with systemd.  If you know whether this is true or false please comment below and we would be happy to correct the record.

Note2 (Dec-17-2020):  Unfortunately this is true and our final story on Nutyx is published in a new article.

logo_nutyx_120A few days ago, while I was scanning through the site’s statistics I noticed that a search in google had lead here and the search term was Nutyx.  I remember seeing the name on the long list of Linux without systemd and the more recent one based on distrowatch but I never had a chance to take a closer look.  So the search had caught the name on the list and I decided I should give it a spin.

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Linux: current state of affairs – wayland – gtk3 – X11

Recent aggravation with software – that have worked without a problem for years and years while suddenly developing bugs – revealed evidence that they have been pushed (unnecessarily?) to comply to gtk3 standards (a still buggy sack of crap).   They now rely on gtk3 toolkits for the sole reason that distro managers want things to comply to wayland (another sack of crap).  …. because somehow “development” is leading towards wayland and away from the old trusty (but extremely complicated) X11.  We wish we knew more and more of the details to make detailed criticism hold water, but we have to rely on intuition.  When the fish stinks from the head don’t expect the tail to be any better.  We really like to get your input and feedback on how problematic this development has been.

While researching we located this article that is constructively critical of all linux, without advocating to leave it for windows or mac, but there seem many accumulating problems and directions in linux.

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Shrugging at Vector Linux

I have been interested in trying something based on slackware so I picked out vector linux.   It says on its description that it contains LXDE, therefore openbox, which is what I use most often.  The installation was a little unusual but simple and worked out of the box.  I tried an iso for the VLocity edition. I initially tried installing openbox and a few LXDE native packages I am comfortable with (lxterminal, pcmanfm, lxappearance etc.).  Not much of what I installed really worked on openbox and the editions seemed older than I can remember.  So I went back to xfce. Continue reading

Miyo-Extra 2018 edition

Here is an audio visual presentation of the new release of Miyo.  This is a “minimalist’s” desktop.  Miyo’s openbox is competing with Plasma in functionality, minimal in resources nevertheless.

Arch with a Bang or ArchBang

More and more arch based non-systemd projects are converging to Artix, officially or unofficially we can’t tell, as officially Arch-OpenRC and Manjaro-OpenRC have taken the responsibility for the Artix creation.

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Arch-Bang has switched its repositories to artix and was updated last August 17 2017.  But switching repositories alone does not automatically make a distribution an artix.  Yet again, as with Manjaro, there seem to be slight structural differences and configurations. Continue reading

Artix display managers and Openbox or LXDE

I am amazed how well Artix has been running and once you get comfortable it appears to be among the simplest to configure linux distributions.

Artix initially came with sddm as a display manager and LXQT as its default desktop, for those that need one.  To see how alternatives are able to work I tried lightdm which I am comfortable with for years.  It run very well but came with the same boring login screen that is the lightdm constant basic login screen.  It does what is needed simply and reliably.

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Thoughts on window managers

From what it was revealed on the Manjaro forum the emphasis is on the core of the system and not the window managers.  LXQT is an evolution of LXDE to be based on QT that is a base that somehow isolates it from the remaining system below.  If QT base can be installed lxqt will run uniformly across distributions and display managers.  At least that is what is known in theory.  LXQT can always be held responsible for non qt packages that involve GUIs, but they have done a relatively good job to QTize everything that has been running on LXDE. Continue reading