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What is LinuxBBQ? LinuxBBQ is a multi-purpose operating system based on the Debian GNU/Linux "sid" branch, spiced up with kernels and tools from siduction, grml and LinuxMint. The BBQ offers different flavours and desktops to build up from ("Roast Your Own") that can be customized and remixed by the user. Community contributions are consequently implemented. Furthermore, special purpose desktop solutions are being actively developed and released. The editions - coming in different setups of WM/DE and applications - are designed to be configured and customized by the end-user. Redistributable ISOs that are bootable from USB, CD or DVD can be easily produced in short time. What's the default username and password? Username: bbq Password: bbq Why is LinuxBBQ not recommended for me? We do not say that LinuxBBQ is the best distro under the sun - quite the opposite. It will most probably not fit the average users needs. There are many, many reasons not to come to BBQ-Land. 1) LinuxBBQ is more or less default Debian Unstable 2) You will probably not have "plug-and-play" out of the box, for example your printer needs to be set up via CUPS (and CUPS is also not pre-installed) - in our opinion not everybody needs to have all services and daemons ticking in the background. If you need additional services, you will have to set them up by yourself. Of course the BBQ staff is happy to help you. But think twice if you want to get your hands *greasy*. 3) You have to edit configuration files to make things look like you want them and you will need to spend countless hours customizing the look & feel. Believe us, you will probably want to go back to the "fast-food" distros, and enjoy the defaults there. 4) The BBQ philosophy is: provide the meat, let the user season. So, you will have to download your favourite applications. They are partly coming from experimental sources and carry much higher version numbers than what you find in Debian Stable. If you don't want to run the newest GIMP, Inkscape, Iceweasel browser or WINE, look somewhere else. Can I run LinuxBBQ? LinuxBBQ releases do not require the newest and hottest hardware. An Intel Celeron CPU is the minimum requirement, the CPU should use the i686 instruction set. If you use an older laptop or netbook, go for the Openbox Base or the XFCE4 editions. Minimum requirements (hardware) CPU 32-bit: Intel Pentium Pro / II or Intel Atom or AMD K7 or VIA C3-2 Nehemiah CPU 64-bit: AMD64 / Sempron or Intel Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge or Intel Atom or VIA Nano RAM: 512MB for MATE/XFCE4, 1024MB for GNOME3/KDE4 RAM: 256MB for all other WMs VGA graphics adapter, acceleration only recommended for GNOME3 optical disk drive or capable of booting from USB HDD minimum 3GB of disk space, 6GB for "Roast your own" For older hardware (older than 12 years) we also offer experimental 486 releases. If you plan to run Linux on even older computers (386DX or equivalent), you might consider using specialized distros like TinyCore, slitaz, DSL, PuppyLinux or the like. Minimum requirements (user) Of course you should have a basic understanding of computers and high interest in Linux to run and configure LinuxBBQ. If this is your first journey to Linuxland, bring with you a big bag of time and patience. We tried to make LinuxBBQ work 'as good as possible' out of the box for most hardware on the world, but it is very likely - or even a requirement - that you need to tweak your configurations and your setup. This is the beauty of LinuxBBQ, it gives you the freedom and the full control over your computer. As long as you have an open mind, you're brave enough to ask, and ready to take advice we guarantee that you will have a lot of fun and -- most impotantly -- that you will learn a lot about GNU/Linux with LinuxBBQ. Users who are 'afraid' of using the Sid (unstable) branch of Debian are of course welcome to participate in discussions and development around LinuxBBQ, too. It is very unlikely, though, that LinuxBBQ changes the Debian branch. On the other hand, by 2014 LinuxBBQ will feature new bases, like the U-Series (Ubuntu), the F-Series (Fedora), and forks of dormant and inactive distros. Those who need a more 'corporate' version of Debian Sid are recommended to visit and try Siduction. Those interested in using the Testing variant might find joy with AntiX. Our recommendation for a stable Debian desktop is Crunchbang. If you have just switched from Windows to Linux, take a look at SolusOS. Everybody else: come in and have a bite! Why LinuxBBQ? We believe the entirety of the Linux landscape has its worth to the general Linux community, and it would be silly to exclude a certain WM/DE or application based upon little more than prejudice and hearsay. So, we allow users an easy way to try them all out, but each with a setup that will work (and work well) on nearly every computer out there (with some unavoidable exceptions of course), and we encourage users to "Roast Your Own". Naturally, this means the inclusion of proprietary elements. We are well aware this goes against the grain of the common FOSS ideas, but frankly, we care more for actually getting a working system than for sitting behind our wifi-less computers as the victors of idealism. The Team? Julius Hader (machinebacon) Chairwoman of the Standing BBQ Committee (Project founder) Smokes bacon in pipes. If stuff breaks, blame it on the Baconator. Roald Blijleven (rhowaldt) Minister of Communications (Wiki/Documentation) Keeps the drunkards calm. Tells you on the forums to mark the thread "solved". David Dušanić (ivanovnegro) Minister of Truth (Forums Support) Tells unsatisfied users to leave. Lacks of humour. Always open for discussions. Joe Brock (DebianJoe) Minister of Food Safety and Health Weighs heavy things and teaches newborn babies how to code in Lisp. Loves to clean up code. Pidsley Oppenheimer (pidsley) Minister of War (Testing and Experiments) Inventor of the SUB20 Ram Usage club. Owns 42 test boxes and lives under a mushroom cloud. Screenshot you say? bbq@grill:~$ screenfetch bbq@grill OS: LinuxBBQ 3.3 Pidsley Kernel: i686 Linux 3.10-4.towo-siduction-686 ##### Uptime: 2h 24m ####### Packages: 1075 ##O#O## Shell: bash 4.2.45 ####### Resolution: 1600x1200 ########### WM: sithwm ############# WM Theme: Not Found ############### Disk: 37G / 69G (56%) ################ CPU: AMD Athlon Processor LE-1640 @ 2.7GHz ################# RAM: 58MB / 1771MB ##################### ##################### ################# bbq@grill:~$ █
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