PostX 0.4.4. has arrived

PostX Gnu/Linux is built from free software. It uses Debian’s main repository together with Techtimejourney’s repository as software sources. I have added contrib and non-free to the sources list of the iso images – just to make it more easier for the users to install what they might need.

This is the final release with Debian Jessie(now: oldstable). PostX Gnu/Linux uses OpenRC as an init system – this trend will continue.

New features / changes since 0.4.3:

– Software packages are upgraded and Techtimejourney programs have received notable amount of attention. PostX 0.4.4 contains all the latest upgrades I have done to my software and it also contains the latest oldstable packages from Debian.

– Kernel is 4.9.30 with new configuration and more device support. Kernel was built from Debian Stretch sources and does have a better driver support than before. If you still need some non-free firmwares consider installing the driver package from Techtimejourney’s repository.

-Lightdm is now the default display manager and stays as such for the foreseeable future.

-Veritas Player, Albix Player, RipperX and Html-Gtk Player give a good set of tools for media playback and handling. HTML-Gtk Player now supports: Vimeo, Dailymotion and Youtube playback.

– Launchy and the Clock application(new) now both support toggle mode. Tint2 is no longer installed by default. The desktop starts up blank. By pressing F6 key user can show/hide the Launchy panel and the Clock application.

– Synaptic is again installed by default.

– Openbox menu has been trimmed. The aim is to reduce duplicates between it and Launchy. New additions to Openbox menu include: Bleachbit and Htop.

– Background set has been upgraded. PostX 0.4.4 shares wallpapers with the upcoming PostX 0.5(TBA). Old wallpapers are still available for install:

sudo apt-get install 2017 designator-wallpapers legacy

-Screen Dpi is now 96 by default. If you need to change Dpi then adjust the values in .Xresources(user´s home folder) and /etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf (as sudo: sudo geany /etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf)

Dpi values make sure that screen does not zoom desktop and applications too much if the display has a bigger size(like 40 inches or more).

Sources list are pointing to US servers. You can change sources.list entries as a sudo using this command in terminal: sudo geany /etc/apt/sources.list.d/audax.list

PostX Gnu/Linux, Linux desktop, desktop linux

Veritas Player and Albix Player together with Media Launcher are there to imporove the usage experience.

linux panels, linux clock, Gtk clock

Launchy and Clock. F6 shows or hides them.


Download PostX Gnu/Linux 0.4.4. from the release folder.

If you wish to burn the iso to usb stick open terminal and execute the following command: ALERT: Make sure that /dev/sdX 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/sdX && sync

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

Quick start to live:
user name is: audax
password is: live

To start the installer: press F3, which opens Quick terminal. Type: sudo live-installer #Opens installer.

Notice. You might need to add edd=off to live media boot parameters with some SSD drives. Boot parameters appear when you press the Tab key. Edd stands for Enhanced disk drive. If you want to load the live-media directly into Ram add toram as a boot parameter.

Remember to do Network setup after installation (Network setup is in Quick Terminal)

Note that you might initially need some sort of wired connection after installation*. You can install some non-free Wi-Fi drivers easily with a metapackage (sudo apt-get install driver). After drivers are installed then you should be good to run Wlan Setup tool (from Quick Terminal) *Since the Kernel upgrade to 4.9.30, wireless support has been improved. In some cases no extra drivers are needed

After the network setup, sudo apt-get update in order to refresh software repositories. When  sudo apt-get update is done, you will be able to install programs.

Usage tips

If you wish to open a hidden text file use something like geany. Within geany open file –> press Control+h to show hidden files –> Open the desired file. Alternatively, you can use Gtk-Tools(found from Sequence FM actions menu) to show hidden files. With Gtk-Tools you can easily copy file locations for further actions according to your needs.

Now there is no panel by default. You can easily view opened windows by pressing ALT+Tab or middle clicking the mouse. If you need a panel then install tint2(sudo apt-get install tint2) and remove a comment(#) from .config/openbox/autostart tint2 entry. If you choose to not use a display manager then the file is .xinitrc .

Wallpapers can be found from /usr/share/postx-wallpapers folder.

Looking towards PostX Gnu/Linux 0.5.

It should be possible to upgrade from Debian Jessie base to Debian Stretch base by changing jessie entiries to stable within the sources.list(sudo geany /etc/apt/sources.list.d/audax.list). The upgrade can be triggered by doing: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Warning about the upgrade. Things might break and they might break badly in some cases. Always backup everything before installing or upgrading. If you want stability, continue using PostX 0.4.4. PostX 0.4.4. is designed to be a transitional release, which means that PostX 0.5. will develop smoothly from 0.4.4. without sacrificing stability.