/!\ This very stripped “core” version is intended for users who prefer minimalism, so if you would rather want an edition fit to use “out of the box” with many codecs and applications for everyday use, you will prefer either an official version or one of the community editions supported by Canonical.
I had produced Ubuntu remixes on top of Ubuntu Mini Remix in 2012 and 2014, but I had to find a new basis to rebuild as Fabrizio BALLIANI gave up on his project.
A reminder : Bento Openbox comes with a set of light components easy to use which makes the system easy to use and very snappy while relying on Ubuntu GNU/Linux. Therefore less programs are needed in order to get a functional computer, and more computer power is available for the user’s software.
Additionnally some computers being able to start in CD only, or with the network, which isn’t always at reach for the users, the disk images size provided are less than 700 Mo as much as possible, which has become difficult to do when using these modern GNU/Linux distributions meant for a large audiance!
I had timidly produced a 16.04 version using Bento Openbox 14.04 as a basis, which led me to remove many user programs in order to obtain a small disk image.
The result was a usable system, however I was not fully satisfied.
At last this year I decided to start from another basis : the excellent Xubuntu Core produced by Unit193 !
No more 32bits versions : Ubuntu doesn’t provide them anymore.
We will have Bento antiX instead in order to continue providing for old computers, therefore rebuilt on antiX (i486 kernels for the 32bits computers and also for 64bits, plus UEFI might also be possible).
There is indeed a Bento Openbox Remix, there will also be Bento antiX versions which will evolve further.
Everything is still in test, already good for use, and needs some more improvements.
After weeks of testing and improving details, Bento Trusty is out… as RC2. Indeed, while it looks like it’s ready for all, it would be good to let a large community test it.
The programs included in Bento Openbox Trusty : Libreoffice, all the needed packages to configure the printer, and also Gimp, Inkscape, gThumb, Mirage, Pdfshuffler, Simple Scan, Gspeaker, Guvqiew, many programs to configure everything and to setup the user preferences. Also all the programs presented in the post “ Bento Openbox Vivid RC1 and RC2”
This is a fully updated version, were added Baobab (to see the HDD occupation), remplacement or LXrandr bu aRandr, added Pdfshuffler to manipulate pdf files and the gallery here after presents other graphical applications included:
Other Internet software:
Some tools for the network, including network-manager-gnome, wpasupplicant, wpagui;
Xcompmgr is installed and configured, Compton is installed and is waiting for some configuration;
Several community sources have been added with their PPA repos and some of their software:
« ppa:mati75/lubuntu-testing » provides Openbox 3.6.0 git with a patch from Mati75 allowing to use xdg-autostart instead of python-xdg, if obsession is installed, and provides Midori 0.5.9 to replace the old Midori 0.4.3 from the repositories;
« ppa:kalgasnik/ppa » for lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings, provides a graphical tool to customize the lightdm login screen;
« ppa:ravefinity-project/ppa » for vibrantly-simple-icon-theme, an awesome icon theme provided with several colors to choose from.
The two new ISOs, are Release Candidates, and are for this reason reduced sized test versions ( 475MB) for a Vivid edition of Bento Village with the codename “Sushi”. They come with almost no application for everyday use, and tools for the advanced users.
As a reminder, Bento Openbox is a super light version built on Ubuntu and easy to use for everyone.
Here are a few programs contained in Sushi:
Midori to surf the web, geany as text editor and programming tool with syntax
tools for the network include network-manager-gnome,
xcompmgr is installed and configured, compton is installed
and waiting for the xcompmgr configuration files to be ported to compton.
There are also several community PPA and their program:
The “ppa:mati75/lubuntu-testing” provides Openbox 3.6.0 git with a patch written by Mati75 allowing to use xdg-autostart from the obsession project, instead of python-xdg if obsession is installed, and provides Midori 0.5.9 as a replacement to the old Midori 0.4.3 from the actual repositories;
The “ppa:kalgasnik/ppa” pour lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings, as it’s name states, provides a graphical user interface to configure the Lightdm login screen;
The “ppa:ravefinity-project/ppa” brings the vibrantly-simple-icon-theme, a beautiful and lean icon theme which comes with several colors.
The RC1 version contains resolvconf while the RC2 provides openresolv. I have not yet made my mind about which of the two does a better job for the resolver. Some feedback are needed in order to pick up one for the future final version.