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"On 16 November 2002 the Pontevedra Linux Users Group, Grupo de Amigos Linux de Pontevedra 'GALPon', was formed in Vigo, a city in the province of Pontevedra, in Galicia in north-west Spain; its objective was to promote the use of GNU/Linux and free software in general, while offering a meeting point for all enthusiasts for this software. Today, 10 years later, to commemorate that day, we are releasing the latest version of our 'distro' GALPon MiniNo v_2.0 aka 'Ártabros' and we are launching this new website which we hope will be more user friendly than the earlier one. It is our hope that this latest version of GALPon MiniNo will be useful and we look forward to your continuing support and your suggestions for further enhancements."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
Runs in 128MB, stable software, codecs and flash provided, supports Galician and Catalan
Rather poor installation and configuration tools
MinoNo is a Debian-based distro for older computers, which can run in 128MB. The disk offers a choice of Spanish, Catalan, Galician, or English. You can then choose between a live session or installation. The installer can also be run from the live session. It cannot resize partitions, but Gparted is available. Both ask for a password: it’s ‘minino’. There are two installers, basic (for if you want MiniNo to take over the entire disk) and advanced. The advanced installer is quite simple: it asks where you want to install, and then gets your locale, keyboard, and timezone. It does not ask for a user or password, or offer encryption.
The installed system boots automatically into an LXDE session for the user minino. The information collected by the installer is ignored: the keyboard is Spanish and the locale POSIX. The panel has a keyboard selection tool and the menu one for setting locale. Unfortunately, the latter only provided an US locale if the language was English.
The software provided included Iceweasel, Midori, Audacious, Umplayer, Mtpaint, Fotoxx, Abiword, and Gnumeric. All ran from the CLI without serious warnings. Help files were not installed and Abiword had no spell-checking set up. Codecs and Flash were installed and all media played perfectly. Very sensibly, Flash was version 10, which works with older CPUs.
This is competing with AntiX and Swift, which are rather more user-friendly. AntiX supports Spanish, so MiniNo is only likely to appeal to a Galician or Catalan speaker.