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New here - built my own Linux bassed on WattOS
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:07:22 AM »
I'm new - an electronics instructor that adopted WattOS to teach Python and electronics interfacing through a PC printer port. I remastered the system to be live or installed.

Made many changes - added Thunar, Rox-Filer, pyparallel, Geany, Beaver, XMMS, JWM, etc. removed several things. One can switch between Openbox and JWM. It's on the internet if anyone wants to see it but I won't post any links until I'm sure it's OK.

Anyway love WattOS as basic system to build from.

Thanks. I used python under Linux with WattOS for my students to use a PC printer port to control electronics. I  also made my own distro based on WattOS the iso available at sourceforge and I'll include links to that and the electronics page. I also have a youtube video on the distro. Uses Openbox or JWM and setup to program Python.

Here is a break down:

Openbox uses the XFCE4 Panel or tint2. (Use only one!) Also can use the Rox Panel and/or Rox Pinboard. View screenshot using Rox panel and XFCE4 panel.

Use JWM with Rox Pinboard only. View screenshot.

Boots to Openbox Tint2. Log out then select JWM log back in. User name lewis PW lewis.

SUDO already set to keep from having to give password. Also great for learning Linux.

Based on modified WattOS -

Programs included:

File managers: added Rox-Filer and Thunar - removed pcmanfm This includes the Rox Pinboard for fast and versatile icon placement. Pinboard can be cut on-off under menu control.

Terminals: added Lxterminal and Rox terminal - both with cut-paste, etc.

Shells: bash, dash, sh

Programming: Python 2.7, Python 3.3, C, Geany, Idle, Beaver, etc.

Will program Arduino - version 1.0.1. Note: never tested on live setup but works fine installed. Will auto-detect USB.

Multimedia: VLC media player, added XMMS audio player, both "drop and drag" plus Zmixer, AlsaMixer, and Pulse Audio volume controls and (if installed to a fast machine) Record My Desktop.

Zmixer was compiled by me and isn't in Debian repositories. Same is true of Beaver and Viewnior.

Text editors: Nano, Leafpad, Beaver, Geany. Nano is terminal only - useful if X11 video fails.

Internet: Qupzilla, Dillo

Office: Abiword similar to Microsoft Word, added Foxit Reader for PDF files.

Graphics: Viewnior, FEH for wallpaper setter - removed gpicview.

Viewnior is a great but light weight image viewer for most file types.

Hope somebody finds it useful.

« Last Edit: October 17, 2014, 06:29:22 AM by lewisl »


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Re: New here - built my own Linux bassed on WattOS
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2014, 02:08:33 AM »
Welcome lewisl.

Looks like an interesting application of wattOS. 
There's a post on how to get banned in the Announcements forum, which you should read. 
Historically, Biff has encouraged posts about Linux and applications, including non-wattOS discussion.  What will raise hackles quickly are spam/junkpost and explicit commercial touting for business.   If that's not your intent, and you explain what is at the linked website,  then you probably won't upset anyone. 
There's been a broad range of interests among wattOS users over the years, so there's a chance someone would like to share yours.


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Re: New here - built my own Linux bassed on WattOS
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2014, 11:03:33 AM »
Welcome aboard leweisl.
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Re: New here - built my own Linux bassed on WattOS
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2014, 09:18:30 PM »
Fire away...always love to see what new things people are doing especially with Linux and education.


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Re: New here - built my own Linux bassed on WattOS
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2015, 07:40:19 PM »
nice work