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Slacklet - a new OS Mod Proposal

Posted 01-08-2010 at 09:49 PM by lumak
Updated 10-20-2010 at 12:04 AM by lumak

If you have read my other post, you'll know I want to install GNU/Linux onto a Tablet PC. I've thought about it long and hard and think that Tablets really deserve an OS design for them.

I propose a Slackware Tablet - Slacklet.

Why?

Slackware is simple to manage and it's the OS I prefer.

Real-world Justifications?

Less work on creating a Tool Chain.
The user can use their main machine running Slackware to compile the extra packages they will need for their tablet.

Slackware is stable.
I trust the brand to provide stable vanilla software.

Ease of custom install.
Anybody can easily customize an install of Slackware using tagfiles

The concept of a Demi OS.
I don't plan on distribution of an entire OS. I want to educate people on customizing an install to their exact needs. Basically offer tagfiles for a bare-minimum Slackware Install with only things useful to a tablet, then offer the ability for a new "s" source tree containing all the extra packages needed to get a useful tablet going. E.G. Matchbox and Journal programs. Additionally have guides written by users (screened and cleaned up of course) for each tablet they have gotten it to work on as well as the extras they had to do (manufacture buttons, stylus, and peripherals.)



Negatives?
- Requires a desktop machine with a full Slackware install to compile software
- People shy away from Slackware
- Download to install time would take weeks to sort through and work out
- Low user base to offer support
- Lots more.



I don't know... suggestions, questions, concerns, insults?
ideas for a host website?


BTW enjoy the logo
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  1. Old Comment
    Just some pondering. I recently installed Salix OS on my tablet. It's close to Slackware but is "stripped" down to be designed as "one tool per task". (Un)fortunately it uses a ton of gnome libs including gconf. Which may or may not be a good thing. Certainly it makes packaging some other things easier.

    Also, xfce is the only window manager installed. This may or may not be to your liking. It does provide a nice compromise between features and speed. Without a lot of hacking, fluxbox would be annoying with a pen and KDE would be too slow for a Pentium M + i810 chip-set.

    Most definitely I'm going to put the Slacklet idea on the back burner until I work some things out using Salix OS.
    Posted 05-09-2010 at 07:54 PM by lumak lumak is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Well work is underway... finally... I've got the core packages and tagfiles for Slacklet built on Slackware 13.1. I still need to do some tweaking especially since the wacom driver isn't working, but it's looking good. I still need some webhosting as the 20mb free from cox is probably not the best of places.
    Posted 10-17-2010 at 11:58 AM by lumak lumak is offline
 

  



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