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I have an idea for my laptop and I would like some advice on how to do it.
I would like to create a desktop environment in linux that boots up into a blank screen which is actually my desktop background. I can ctrl alt T to bring up a terminal and then bring up any other software I need. For example eclipse or netbeans.
I also would like no configuration to take place during boot up except what is absolutely necessary for me to bring up that terminal and type sudo apt-get install program so therefore I would need networking to connect me to my wifi.
What can I do to make this possible? I would build my own distro like this if I knew where to start or alter an existing similar distro.
What if I install ubuntu and took out the things I don't want?
Last edited by Pringle; 05-17-2013 at 04:23 PM.
Reason: added an extra related question
For a minimal environment, you can install Openbox or Fluxbox. I haven't used them thoroughly, but they're highly customizable and allow you to launch programs with a right click or a combination of keys. Here's a screenshot of Openbox, if you're interested.
there is no need for a "new distro" here. A simple way to achieve this would be to configure whatever *dm you use to auto log you in, and configure your window manager (or desktop environment if that is what you use) to have no panels/docks etc, and finally, assign a keybinding for opening a terminal. This is almost exactly how I have my laptops setup.
To expand on odiseo77's suggestion, a default Openbox has a completely blank screen. Clicking the right mouse button brings up a menu to open applications and, like all other GUIs I am familiar with, the roller or middle button switches desktops.
Some distros, like Debian and Slackware, will let you install a base system without a GUI, which would allow you to customise your system any way you want. If you decide to try Debian, please get out of the sudo habit.
Yeah, Openbox is like "Desktop from scratch". Black screen, simple mouse pointer. You choose the rest to install, i.e., desktop background image display program ... panel ... mouse pointer theme configuration program ... audio volume control knob program ... and so on. Freedom..