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DonTommy 04-06-2010 01:10 PM

linux newbie with special distro request
 
Hey
I only tryed a few different distros of linux, and quite like it. But as I have found out there is tons of different linux distros with different interfaces. So I got a feeling that there is one out there with just the design/interface I am looking for.

I am searching for a linux system that i kinda "geeky looking" "hacker looking" you know kinda like the computer screens you see in the movies.. And I want it to be one of those linux distros with a graphic interface like ubuntu and linux mint (thats the ones I tryed) as I dont really know anything about all the codes/commands in linux thats why I need the graphic interface ;)

Hope to hear from all of you.

Thanks :)

rweaver 04-06-2010 01:25 PM

Probably something using enlightenment as the default window manager. Maybe OpenGEU or Ubuntu reinstalled with enlightenment and themed and customized how you like.

To get what you're looking for you WILL need to learn about the CLI enough to add themes and such and tweak settings and files. Getting a "look" like the movies is going to require tweaking and not just of the window manager and such but also of many of the apps you run to match so you'll likely want to use something like gnome in the back of enlightenment also.

frieza 04-06-2010 01:40 PM

for the really geeky look,
check out twm, mwm,fvwm, or windowmaker

rweaver 04-06-2010 01:52 PM

If you're after "geeky" as in 1985 I whole wholeheartedly recommend twm or motif. :) If you're looking for modern movie flashy... not so much on even WindowMaker which is very pretty.

GrapefruiTgirl 04-06-2010 01:55 PM

Perhaps if the OP would give us a few examples of these 'geek' machines from the movies, we might be able to suggest sensible ways of achieving the desired look.

I'll suggest too though, that depending on exactly what 'geek' features you want in the appearance department, you will invariably end up with different types/levels of usability & functionality too.

Sort of like, take for example a motorcycle with a suicide shifter -- very 'geeky' in the motorcycle sense, but not practical or easy to use (or learn to use). So, what's 'geeky' may not appeal to you at all, when you go and try to use it productively.

:twocents: && good luck! And welcome to LQ.
Sasha

DonTommy 04-06-2010 02:50 PM

Its hard to explain what I really mean, dont have any examples from movies.. But hmm something similar to fancy "see trough" windows, menus and stuff... Maybe like the menu system on the Sony Playstation, the design not the construction of things..

Hope anybody out there knows what I mean ;)

But thanks for your input so far are looking trough. The windowmaker thing thats not a real linux distro is it? Cause I think that I need a complate linux distro:)

snowpine 04-06-2010 02:52 PM

Ubuntu and Mint are both excellent choices for a beginner, why don't you start with one of those.

You can make any distro "look geeky" by changing its appearance. A good source for geeky wallpapers, icons, window decorations, splash screens, etc. is gnome-look.org. Just because you are using Ubuntu does not mean you need to keep its default wallpaper. ;) You can be creative and personalize any Linux distro.

GrapefruiTgirl 04-06-2010 02:58 PM

And don't forget the Matrix screensaver :) -- a must have!

DonTommy 04-06-2010 03:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snowpine (Post 3926598)
Ubuntu and Mint are both excellent choices for a beginner, why don't you start with one of those.

You can make any distro "look geeky" by changing its appearance. A good source for geeky wallpapers, icons, window decorations, splash screens, etc. is gnome-look.org. Just because you are using Ubuntu does not mean you need to keep its default wallpaper. ;) You can be creative and personalize any Linux distro.

gnome-look.org what just what I was looking for, what a new world opening for my eyes :)

So these themes and stuff works on both ubuntu and linux mint? If I understand it correct gnome is that backend of the ubuntu and linux mint distros? or how does that work

MTK358 04-06-2010 03:54 PM

The interface is not part of the distro, it's a separate program.

You don't have to use the one that comes with the distro.

MrCode 04-06-2010 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DonTommy
Its hard to explain what I really mean, dont have any examples from movies.. But hmm something similar to fancy "see trough" windows, menus and stuff...

Compiz is about as flashy as you can get when it comes to window managers, and ccsm (the Compiz configuration tool) makes it relatively simple to configure. And it can do quite a bit more than just "see through" windows. :)

It might not be what you want if you don't have a particularly powerful graphics card (it uses OpenGL hardware acceleration). Although, even something like an integrated Intel GMA should be adequate. Maybe not blazingly fast with every effect and transition, but adequate. :)

bret381 04-06-2010 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DonTommy (Post 3926646)
If I understand it correct gnome is that backend of the ubuntu and linux mint distros? or how does that work

the Interface (gnome, kde, xfce, openbox, fluxbox, enlightenment etc...) runs on top of the OS. Linux works just fine without an interface at all and some distros don't include an interface. I guess you could look at it like this. Linux (the kernel) on the bottom, GNU toos on top of that, and then on top of the pyramid, you have x with a Interface.

MTK358 04-07-2010 06:55 AM

Yes, distros like Arch (which I use) actually don't come with any kind of graphical interface.

You install X and your desktop manually.

And unlike Windows, the GUI (Xorg) is not part of the OS in Linux. It's just another program. If you don't run it, you get the real Linux interface: a command line.

You can think of this as the "stack" of application layers in Linux:

Code:

Desktop Environment <- Usable GUI desktop with specialized features and an integrated suite of applications (i.e. GNOME, KDE) (Most distros come with this)
Window Manager      <- Minimalist lightweight GUI desktop (i.e. FVWM, Openbox) (I use this)
X Window System
Shell              <- Command Line interface (i.e. bash, csh) (Arch Linux installs to this level)
GNU Utilities
Kernel


dixiedancer 04-08-2010 07:57 AM

I have Crunchbang Statler on a laptop... it's all stark and mysterious and ultra-geeky looking with the black Openbox screen and conky display. And there are no icons to click on or anything! Super-techno-geeky looking! The secret is to right-click anywhere on the desktop and bingo! This wonderful menu appears and you just explore, find the app you want, and left-click on it to open.

It's not a beginner distro, really. But I was pretty new to Linux (two months) when I discovered Crunchbang, and still managed to find my way around it's wicked-coolness. The new Statler version is particularly awesome! And when my friends see that black, desktop and conky display, they bow down as though to concede to my superior geekiness! But I'm not geeky at all!! It's just fun to play at it.

-Robin

MTK358 04-08-2010 08:09 AM

I also played around with CrunchBang once and thought it was pretty cool.

Actually my current desktop has a black background, Conky monitor, tint2 panel, and Openbox!


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