My installation and configuration of VL 7.1 Light (UPDATE)
This is not a howto per se, it's just rambling, the way i do things that
make my life easier. I'm getting long in the tooth and
have little patience, so i don't need some of the things most users do. Take
this writing with a grain of salt, it's not carved on stone.
My hardware: desktop with dual celeron and 4 gigs of RAM.
After introducing the CD you get a choice of installations:
Automatic or Advanced.
Automatic will solve your problems if you're a Windows refugee or a Linux
user who just needs a quick installation.
It will do everything for you: clean the hard drive, partition it (root and swap),
and assign Ext3 as your file system. It will use the whole hard drive.
Just sit back and enjoy, at the end, reboot and enjoy your shiny IceWM.
The devs did a great job.
I choose the Advanced option, i'm a distro-whore, so i like to install several distros
in addition to VL. Also i can choose the file system i like.
So i launch the app to partition the hd, give 20 gigs to root and 2 gigs
to swap, choose JFS as my file system (don't ask), in the boot
page, i pick NO ANIMATIONS, choose GRUB, and let it rip. When the
installation is done, i reboot and start configuring.
In IceWM, i launch the terminal and as root, i update and upgrade:
# slapt-get -u && slapt-get --upgrade
Then i add some packages i use:
# slapt-get -i firefox xfe xchat scrot unclutter numlockx terminus-font
libreoffice jwm gmrun qterminal
After that, i remove some packages i don't need or seldom use:
# slapt-get --remove gnumeric abiword imagemagick cups wicd pidgin
mtpaint gkrellm spacefm irrsi openssh vim leafpad geany
Nano is my editor and wordprocessor, in case you wonder
I like my distro lean and mean. Speed is everything, the rest is just
As root i edit the file /etc/sudoers and add this line at the end of the
(Replace 'macondo' with your username)
As ROOT edit /etc/inittab/ and leave it looking like this:
# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6 !)
so i don't have to use the DM (display manager) and instead use 'startx'.
KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid
VL7.1 comes with the firewall (g)ufw.
To get this going:
# ufw enable
Read this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UFW
I add this to my .xinitrc:
sudo ufw enable &
setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp
xsetroot -solid black
unclutter -idle 2 &
I edit my .bashrc and leave it looking like this:
# sourced by BASH everytime it start
## These should be set by /etc/profile
## But sometime, bash missed them. So here is the push
# Set various environment variables
for SH in /etc/profile.d/*.sh; do
#use custom keymap
## Set fancy colors
eval `dircolors -b`
## Set this for your first choice
# This line was appended by KDE
# Make sure our customised gtkrc file is loaded.
alias slu="sudo slapt-get --update"
alias slU="sudo slapt-get --upgrade"
alias sli="sudo slapt-get --install"
alias slr="sudo slapt-get --remove"
First thing i do in the morning:
$ slu && slU
Now reboot, and come back to the console, type your username, password,
and startx and you're in.
Now i configure IceWM using this howto some nut wrote a while back:http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=18710.0
And that's it, please correct any mistakes, I did this from memory.
macondo aka bobo cerealkiller Lou
PS: this was written with nano:
My icewm after configuring it: no titlebar, taskbar on top