PostX Gnu/Linux 0.4 arrives (32-bit and 64-bit)

PostX Gnu/Linux 0.4 has arrived as 32-bit and 64-bit releases. If you are using the older PostX 0.3 release I will recommend that you do a fresh install to 0.4. Changes made are quite considerable when it comes to optimizations and general stability. 32 bit image size is about:559 megabytes and 64 bit size is about: 545 megabytes.

This is also a transitional release, which means that in most scenarious the 0.4 release should survive migration to Debian Testing or even to Debian Sid base. PostX 0.4 repository along with sources and few extra programs will be uploaded within a few days. 0.4 repository will replace the older 0.3 repository.

Disclaimer: You use PostX Gnu/Linux at your own responsibility. The author of techtimejourney.net (JJ Posti) or any other party is not responsible if any kind of damage or harm will occur . NO WARRANTY is given and the user therefore agrees to use this software at his/hers own risk.

If you have an UEFI Bios computer than make sure you disable secure boot and move to legacy boot instead. With secure boot enabled, booting anything else than Windows is nearly impossible.

If you are planning on dual booting PostX Gnu/Linux with another operation system then read this first:

http://www.techtimejourney.net/dual-booting-postx-0-4-with-another-os/

Quickstart (it is recommended that you read this page in  full)

You can get both versions from the distribution’s folder: http://techtimejourney.net/PostX-0.4/

Secondary links for Sourceforge will come as soon as the uploading works again.

user under live-mode: audax

password under live-mode: live

Note. If you are using an SSD or you have an UEFI bios, you will more than likely need to press Tab key and add edd=off to the boot parameter list. Without edd=off the boot is likely to hang. After installation everything will work as expected.

January 3rd 2017 edit: Originally, I had written echi=off to the above paragraph, which is wrong. It should be edd=off. Edd stands for Enhanced disk drive. Apologies for the mistake.

If you wish to burn the iso to usb stick open terminal and execute the following command: ALERT: Make sure that /dev/sdb is your actual usb stick – since all data in it will be erased.

sudo dd bs=4M if=name_of_the_file.iso of=/dev/sdb && sync

Tip. Use Fat32 file-format and check you device name with gparted. Open terminal and type sudo gparted

Openening the installer. Press F2 key and type quick to open the Quick Terminal (terminal client). When in terminal type sudo live-installer and press enter. Installer should now open.

Partitioning tip. It is usually good to have a separate root partition to store the system (/) and a serparate home partition (/home) to store your personal files. You will want to have a swap partition too if you plan on hibernating lot or you have an extremely low amount of Ram. Generally, 4-8 gigabytes(or less) should be sufficient for standard usage and 16 gigabytes and above for hibernation and other more demanding tasks.

Tip. You can view all the available shortkeys by pressing Winkey+x

Tip. Rememeber to setup an Internet connection after the installation with Network Setup (integrated to Quick Terminal). If you occasionally do not have an Internet connection you can also temporary stop the boot time Internet connection searching by pressing Control+c or Control+z.

Esential features under the hood:

Using only free software and has Debian Stable as its base.

System is more optimized than before.

Comes with customized Linux Kernel 4.4.34, which is optimized for desktop usage.

Uses OpenRC as an init system.

Uses ngetty as a pager.

Uses only free software.

Pulseaudio is now default.

Does not use the annoying automount feature. You decide when you want to mount usb sticks or external hard drives. Mounting is done via Simple Mount program, which can be launched easily via Quick Terminal.

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PostX Gnu/Linux 0.4. OpenRC is the init system. Tint2 is the the default panel and Openbox is the window manager. PostX Gnu/Linux is also using ngetty as a pager and as a system it remains lightweight. Based on Debian Stable(Debian Jessie)
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PostX Gnu/Linux comes with many programs, which are lightweight by desing.  Crosslinker FM is the default file manager, PostX-calendar is the default calendar, Runner is the default dialog for running and executing things fast. Quick Terminal is now handling all the terminal functions and it is also the place for executing many additional PostX Gnu/Linux programs with ease.  Firefox is the default web browser.

Note. Quick Terminal does not support copy and paste keyboard presses yet. You can still copy and paste things to it by pressing paste or copy buttons. Example: You press Contrl+c on desktop and you paste the copied content to Quick Terminal by pressing the paste. button.

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Power Manager 3 and Wallselector2 help you to manage things. If you forget shortkeys then the full listing is there to help you – just press Winkey+x.

Note. If you ever need to setup .xinitrc file again for Wallselector2 connections then navigate to /usr/share/wallselector2 and run the winit.sh script. For example: sh /usr/share/wallselector2/winit.sh

Under normal conditions you should not be needed to run the winit script. Tip. If you loose your settings or your settings get corrupted then take a look at /etc/skel directory, which hosts all the the default settings (as hidden files and folders). However, it is usually not a good idea to copy .bash related files or anything .profile related – since they can break the current user’s profile.

Important networking tips. When you first start your newly installed PostX Gnu/Linux 0.4 system run the Network setup located within the Quick terminal in order to gain wired Internet access (press F2 and type quick). If you are curios and eager to have some extra information then see this post for /etc/network/interfaces file example.

Before you can install anything you must run sudo apt-get update within a terminal client(Quick Terminal) to refresh your repositories You can also use Updates or Apt-Fetcher to do repository fetching and some common package finding and installing tasks for you.

Remember that PostX Gnu/Linux is made entirely from free software. If you must have Wlan then you will need to install some extra drivers that do not come installed by default. See this post for drivers.Remember to replace every wheezy entry with jessie or stable. After having the extra drivers, run the Wlan setup program from Quick Terminal.