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Old 06-07-2005, 05:47 PM   #1
Killswitch99
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Unconventional Linux Distro


I'm looking for a distro with a different approch to things. I'm tired of trying distros with the regular KDE/Gnome desktops that mirror Windows, they don't really make me inspired to use Linux or to ditch Windows.

What I'm really looking for is a distro with a new, or different GUI that makes Linux more 'fun'. the best example I have of this is:

Goblinx

But it doesn't work on the set up I'm planning to run it on. Any other suggestions?
 
Old 06-07-2005, 05:55 PM   #2
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I don't think it is a distro your looking for... There are so many "Windows-Unlike" Desktops and WM's for linux. IF you don't want a GUI you don't need to run X. Use the CLI. That's really fun...

http://xwinman.org/afterstep.php

KC
 
Old 06-07-2005, 05:57 PM   #3
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Install any distro and just add another window manager eg fluxbox -- that's very non-windows. I don't understand what you mean by a "different approach to things" but I am sure you will be happy to expand on what you want. The gui is not the computer. Any gui will do and in the end you just choose one that you like : I use Fluxbox (at the moment) and I love its simplicity. Which distro have you got installed? Or are you using only the Goblinx live cd?
 
Old 06-08-2005, 01:05 AM   #4
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If you're tired of Linux then you might want to try *BSD. It has a different approach to things and you might learn quite a bit there.
 
Old 06-08-2005, 03:09 AM   #5
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For a different approach to many things, you may want to try http://gobolinux.org but I agree that if what you want is simply a different look, then you simply need another window manager. You can try Matchbox, or Ion, which are both very different. Others exist too.

Yves.
 
Old 06-08-2005, 10:46 AM   #6
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this is the STRANGEST problem I've ever seen pls do some reading man! since you don't know KDE/Gnome are WMs and there are others - wow or even better stick with windows

/sorry for the offtopic I couldn't help it
 
Old 06-08-2005, 11:48 AM   #7
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It's not a problem, I'm curious to find out if there are any distrobutions that use differnet desktop layouts than the default KDE/Gnome ones.

I'm not very experienced with Linux, so I've never installed another window manager (and who said I didn't know what a Window manager is? I saig "regular KDE/Gnome" as Goblinx as an option to use KDE but its completey different than normal) and I wanted to see if there were any other distributions that take GoblinXs approach to the desktop.

Jeez.

Edit:

Thanks for the other replies. I've tried the following distros:

GoblinX
Slax
Knoppix
Debian (installed from Knoppix CD)
Mandrake 10.1
Mutagenix


Last edited by Killswitch99; 06-08-2005 at 11:53 AM.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 02:48 AM   #8
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I think this GoblinXs is some kind of experimental project so I'm no sure it will be well supported in near/far feature, anyway did you try XFCE? also I would recomend you as a whole distro Fedora Core 4 (first distro with gcc4 - faster performance generally speaking) not that it is any of a unconventional distro but in case you don't find one better give FC4 a try it has XFCE optional
 
Old 06-09-2005, 06:01 PM   #9
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How about peanut with enlightenment;
http://www.ibiblio.org/peanut/linux-...creenshots.png
 
Old 06-10-2005, 12:55 AM   #10
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Try Symphony. It's really different. Not real useful but different and usable to a degree.

http://www.symphonyos.com/index.shtml
 
Old 06-10-2005, 03:01 AM   #11
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Originally posted by fair_is_fair
Try Symphony. It's really different. Not real useful but different and usable to a degree.

http://www.symphonyos.com/index.shtml
can this Mezzo thingy with the symphone interface be ported to another distro?
 
Old 06-10-2005, 03:02 AM   #12
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Originally posted by comprookie2000
How about peanut with enlightenment;
http://www.ibiblio.org/peanut/linux-...creenshots.png
can you provide a working link pls
 
Old 06-10-2005, 02:02 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by johnnydangerous
can you provide a working link pls
http://www.ibiblio.org/peanut/linux-os/alinux-e16x.png

http://www.ibiblio.org/peanut/linux-os/alinux-e17x.png
 
Old 06-10-2005, 03:21 PM   #14
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Hi, I'm the developer of GoblinX... What exactely are your problem...?
Try some help into GoblinX's forum or send me an email...

GoblinX will never look like other distros... it has standarzing themes and icons and a very unique (and BETTER) design...
GoblinX is not an experimental project...
GoblinX is one of most voted as best livecds in http://www.livecdlist.com/index.php
GoblinX has FIVE windows managers... but KDE is the most famous... and as you said, looks very different..

Read this message for GoblinX's forum:
Quote:
Wow, i'm totally amazed at the KDE screenshot on your website, i never realised kde could look so good, if anyone knows what theme/programs were used to make kde so nice can anybody tell me? I'm on gnome at the moment, i'm thinking about converting to be honest after seeing that!
Maybe I can help you to use GoblinX...
 
Old 06-10-2005, 03:35 PM   #15
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Oki doki I'll post on the forums when I get some specifics about the problem.
 
  


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