Friday, 29 July 2011

A new Skinny

A beta for a Wheezy and Squeeze compatible SkinnyDebbie is available.

I just finished making a very painful upgrade of my main laptop’s OS. The upside of this is that it essentially forced me to tie up a number of loose ends with the SD I’ve been using for the last couple years.

My new OS is Wheezy, and so far I’ve only had a chance to test SD on that target. But I don’t think there’s anything that should cause any problems with Squeeze.

The new Skinny is hugely different from the originals. Rather than being IceWM and ROX-filer centric, it is Openbox+fbpanel and Thunar centric. Installation is via tarballs with Makefiles. There’s no “Control Panel” to speak of.

To install the latest SD, you’ll need to install two tarballs:

You may also want to check out skinny-update-manager — but it’s a bit more rough than I’d like at the moment.

Given the similarity of this to other recentish developments in the lightweight desktop environment area, this will probably be the last Skinny. While the prototype for this release predates both Crunchbang Linux and LXDE, it’s profoundly amazing how similar this effort is to those two.[1] I’ll maintain this release as long as I use it, but I think the whole SD project has probably outlived its usefulness.

I’ll update the main site soonish.

[1] In case you think I’m suggesting that either of these projects were in any way influenced by mine, I am 99.9999% percent sure this is not the case. It’s just a matter of spontaneous convergence. As for influence in the other direction, let me also say for the record that I shamelessly ripped off the taskbar clock/date format from Crunchbang Linux. There are some significant differences between SD and CBL and LXDE which I will document later. However, the differences are probably not big enough to warrant keeping an additional and hugely obscure DE in the field.