Hello everyone, the title may be a bit misleading, technically its not a new OS, but a new distrobution of an OS, ive spend the past few days building and rebuilding, ive gone over every one of the big players in linux OS’s and in the end i settled for ubuntu as the base.
this is an extremely stripped down OS, i have removed nearly 150 packages from the base linux.
Its an OS built for blenderheads, I thought to myself a while back “why does everyone always get optimized builds of blender when they can just use an optimised OS and get even more power into there blending” well i soon out why, nobody has thought to create one, so i set too it.
you might be thinking “stripped down, no thanks i didnt like DOS when it was new and I still dont” well dont worry, this a graphicall OS, i couldve made it even faster of course by making it into a text based OS, but then people who like creating models like pretty things (if not we would all be coders eh :P)
so i have got rid of all the bloated crap that comes with ubuntu, including the beatiful but deathly slow unity desktop, installed LXDE desktop instead which is very fast and super light on resources.
got rid of all the sticky notes applications and little games, all the office rubbish (just leaving libre office so that you can still do some word processing/spreadsheet stuff)
i got rid of ubuntu one (which is a cloud service) aswell as all the other internet apps like social updates, email servers, IM applications, firefox…
and replaced it all with chromium, an optimized version of google chrome, its even faster and lighter than before.
for image editing i have installed GIMP 2.6
and for the core piece, the special little thing in the center of everything… blender 2.62.3 set to automatically update when a new SVN is released.
to help speed up things even more i have installed and enabled ‘preload’ the purpose of this is to take a tiny bit of your RAM (16MB) and store your most used applications, i found that on my smaller computer (a dual core 2.3GHz machine, with 256MB graphics and 4GBs RAM) blender will open in 0.5 seconds, half a second to load blender, beat that windows 7
gimp loads in 3 seconds and chromium is instant (and I mean INSTANT)
wifi is fully supported (a big trouble I had when making a distro based on OPENSUSE)
and so is printing wireleslly/wired.
im still in the testing stages but i can assure you that once i have finished testing it will be available to everone with a 64bit machine (im sorry but 32-bit isnt compatible…yet, but if 64bit is successful then i will be happy to put more time into a 32bit version)
so some screenshots would be nice wouldnt they
Ive just installed shutter for your screenshots, its a nice app which lets you perform minor edits to your screenshot before saving it.