What is Danbuntu?
I’ve been using Linux as my main desktop OS for more than ten years now, so I figured it was time to begin taking steps towards creating my own distro!
More practically, I’ve always wanted to have a live USB stick that’s “ready to go” with all the additional programs that I usually download whenever I’m working in a live environment. That’s usually either when I’m feeling adventurous in a business center (occasionally, quite interesting attached network devices become exposed!) or need to work on a non-mounted volume, such as running fsck to attempt to fix a corrupted filesystem (the story of my life for a week during the summer).
As an aside, my own live environment is actually more valuable to me than creating an actual distro using something like Linux Respin, because I’m extremely happy with my system as it is (which I can easily replicate, if required, using Clonezilla) and I can’t imagine anybody else having use for my unique preferences.
Danbuntu = Lubuntu 18.04 LTS +
- Arandr – a lightweight Xrandr GUI for multiple monitor display management.
- Caffeine – an additional tool for generating a background process that overrides display power management – solving the outrageously annoying ‘screen goes black every ten minutes when I’m trying to stream a movie’ problem.
- VMWare Workstation Player – Because I am forced to interact with the wretched Windows operating system on a daily basis for work. And I can copy in a VDI image in about a minute.
- My unique set of Openbox keybindings, which I’ve tweaked over the years. Mostly things like more intuitive volume management, shortcuts that interact with Chrome Apps, and using the grave key to lock xscreensaver.
- Seahorse – for importing and managing OpenPGP keys.
- Thunderbird – with Engimail already added on (again, for PGP-protected email).
- My two favorite screenshot utilities pre-installed: Shutter and Flameshot.
- LibreOffice. Basically essential.
- My cloud storage utility of choice, Pcloud.
- Rambox Community Edition (CE) – a multi-tabbed communications messenger that I can’t live without.
Of course, by the time I’m writing this, some of the programs already require an update. I think that VMWare, Rambox, and Pcloud have already all been updated since I created the ISO, so I’ll probably need to periodically update it once every few months to ensure backwards compatibility is reasonable.
If you’re interested….