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antiX (an example setup using antiX19-alpha1)

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antiX (an example setup using antiX19-alpha1)

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Post by manyroads » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:38 am

I have been working with the alpha version of antiX and must say I am impressed. Given where we are in the life-cycle of the product, it is quite stable and usable. But because I'm an old geek, I have been tuning it to see what I can make it do and look like. My initial foray has been with the 'space-jwm' version.

If you want to see what can be done with a light window manager, Debian, and a few hacks/ tweaks, I hope this provides you with a pretty good place to start.

First let me say, I like the vanilla version. Although to me (a child of the 50-60s) it looks very 70s-ish. Never trust an old guy who wants to modernize, but I have tried adding functions and eye-candy to this tiny platform. Purists will say, I broke it; oh well...

Here's what I have done:

I changed all the Wallpapers (because I like the ones I found of old Windows...btw they are all from http://Pixabay.com ). They seem to fit the look of a WM (windows manager based platform). jwm = Joe's Window Manager (gotta love the name).
Next I changed to the startup functions to:

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<StartupCommand>
tint2 &
plank &
compton &
</StartupCommand>
I, made certain the following packages were installed (I used cli for that).

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sudo apt install tint2 plank synapse fonts-roboto fonts-roboto-hinted fonts-roboto-unhinted txt2tags

--- tint2 is a nice panel for tracking tasks etc.
--- plank is nice dock/ launcher (one of my favorites)
--- synapse is a semantic application launcher & more (my favorite)
--- compton is the compositor I elected to use (eye candy remember)
--- roboto fonts were installed because I use them in my conky and on te desktop/ file managers
--- txt2tags is used for a test I am running to see if I like xdgmenumaker (https://github.com/gapan/xdgmenumaker)--- Optional

Note: xdgmenumaker, after some brief use, seems a bit redundant with the standard menu function(s) basically available with antiX 19.

I left the basic antiX preloaded software in the environment. I tried using LightDM, was not happy with what it broke. I went back to using SLIM, and just changed the background image to match my Desktop images.

Because I am using SpaceFM, I use it to control the Desktop icons. I use SpaceFM and the antiX Control Center to adjust/ control wallpapers.

The system seems to idle at around 400-500M (running tint2, jwm, conky, plank-eye-candy dock) and when I add Firefox (4 active tabs) it still runs below 800M. By my standards, that's pretty good.

The Desktop and Login image files may be viewed here:
https://ibb.co/t27mzM7
https://ibb.co/KmDQZsf
https://ibb.co/jD67sjc
https://ibb.co/RvpNbqb
Last edited by manyroads on Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: antiX (an example setup using antiX19-alpha1)

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Post by figueroa » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:06 pm

Like your wallpapers. Can you share where they can be found? I don't have any old "Windows" to pillage.
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Re: antiX (an example setup using antiX19-alpha1)

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Post by oops » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:18 pm

--- plank is a semantic application launcher & more (my favorite)
... Right, a semantic launcher is interesting into antiX, I use here only synapse.
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Re: antiX (an example setup using antiX19-alpha1)

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Post by manyroads » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:27 pm

oops wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:18 pm
--- plank is a semantic application launcher & more (my favorite)
... Right, a semantic launcher is interesting into antiX, I use here only synapse.
Sorry @oops that was a typo... I meant to type (say) synapse. I'll fix it in the OP. :p
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Re: antiX (an example setup using antiX19-alpha1)

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Post by manyroads » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:30 pm

figueroa wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:06 pm
Like your wallpapers. Can you share where they can be found? I don't have any old "Windows" to pillage.
Certainly @figueroa (I have added this to my OP, as well). The images are all from http://Pixabay.com. No attribution or payment is required.
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Re: antiX (an example setup using antiX19-alpha1)

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Post by manyroads » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:16 pm

Hello all.
I was futzing around with iceWM-Space on antiX19... here are some images. The setup uses xcompmgr and some new theming.

https://ibb.co/M73xGRp
https://ibb.co/WyQdSbM
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Re: antiX (an example setup using antiX19-alpha1)

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Post by oops » Wed May 01, 2019 9:45 am

... Here it is simple, rox-icewm + redshift + synapse (almost as default) :

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# added here: /etc/skel/.desktop-session/startup (too)
...
# redshift ecran
redshift-gtk &

#synapse
synapse &
antiX19-alpha1 amd64 -Vs- antix17.4.1 x32 (consumes less memory)

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From alpha here: anticapitalista:
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