An alternative Linux distribution which redefines the entire filesystem hierarchy.
- 2016-03-31 - Their development has been so unbelievably godawfuly slow that I gave up hoping long ago.
- Their website is completely broken in places.
- I can't find any documentation on how to get an ISO put onto a USB stick. While
ddworks, I don't see a package manager for the liveUSB. The installation does not work: The bootloader is not magical.
In GoboLinux you don't need a package manager because the filesystem is the package manager: each program resides in its own directory, such as
GoboLinux Resources ∞
- Their website has images at the top-right, which is confusing as all hell.
- http://gobolinux.org/index.php?page=documentation is not actually documentation. Sigh.
\sudo \dd if=GoboLinux-015-i686.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=8M
- It worked.
- I am only given "GoboLinux_LiveInstaller
- Boots with a proper textmode, later with colour.
- It switched to an alternate font, eww.
- autologs into TTY, as root.
- Why is GIMP on the taskbar? Nobody in their right mind would boot a liveUSB and immediately launch GIMP. Fucking GIMP, nobody loves you.
- Obnoxious window manager and task bar. All that animation is annoying.
- Cannot alt-B2-drag to resize a window.
- The taskbar's menu then clicking on a folder closes the menu. Wrong.
- I can't expand the toolbar ("shelf") so it fills the width of the bottom of the screen.
- From the taskbar's menu, there's a "Run everything". Double-click at the top-left of that window to SEGV Enlightenment. Nice.
- Btrfs works
- No eCryptfs support, and I can't even find a package manager.
- I found ecryptfs in http://gobolinux.org/recipe-store/.
- Uses Zsh! Coloured ls, safe rm, decent prompt.
- I performed an install..
- There are "Boot theme" options, but I have no idea what they look like. Trying "Progress-IV".
- The install completed, and I rebooted. I saw no bootloader, and my keyboard was frozen.
I did a cold boot and it was the same.
Aside from not being able to get it actually working.. with three major project links broken and after reading this part of a review, I'm not hopeful for this distribution.
The second aspect of GoboLinux, the practical side of package management, is basically broken. There are two tools I found for working with software, InstallPackage for dealing with pre-built binary files and Compile for building software from source code. The InstallPackage program failed on every bundle I attempted to download. This was especially frustrating when, after trying to run a program that was not yet installed, the system would prompt me to run "InstallPackage package-name". Following the instructions always resulted in the system telling me it could not find or install the package. Using the Compile utility to build software from source code rarely worked either, most packages failed to build due to missing dependencies or broken links to source code. The end result was that I was stuck using just the software which was provided in the installation image as the package management tools were rendered ineffective.
- Trying UNetbootin/Windows
Booting into "Default".
sd: 10:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
opps. Can't mount fs. Please mount on /Mount/CD-ROM
/bin/ash: can't access tty: job control turned off
I think it's funny that "opps" is still there after all these years.
The keyboard was frozen. Fail.
The link to their wiki is broken. I can't find any documentation on how to get an ISO put onto a USB stick. At this point I'm too tired to even bother trying dd.
I had checked this out some time ago. I have no notes from that era.
2007-03-31 - 013 ∞
013 is generally amusing. It's getting there, but there would have to be more work for the basics, to gain my interest. Only then would I bother to look at it. I'd then remaster it with my own application and configuration preferences.
They moved their wiki to MediaWiki, which is always a good sign.
- The Good
- Good KDE hotkey preferences! Alt-Space and Control-Escape do what I expect. Smart!
Hey, DHCP is working properly now.
- Has old versions of software (like Firefox 1.5)
still has the odd/ugly replacement console font
- The Ugly
- My mouse scroll wheel doesn't work. Sad.
- Video settings are rough - 1024x768 on my huge screen just looks bad. I can't make it any bigger. Sigh.
REALLY crappy X11 fonts. Sigh.
2005-03-31 - 011 ∞
- Gobo is Slackware-esque about packages -- vanilla .tgz where possible, with make/configure/etc options stored elsewhere.
The authors use Zsh
- They use zsh configured with case-insensitive tab-completion.
- The Gobo superuser has an assistant, "Fibo", similar to nobody who is delegated tasks like installing software. Unlike nobody, "Fibo" has limited write access. This creates a secured environment, where newly installed software can be restricted access from only the essential directories.
Back in these days I tried and failed to build a custom GoboLinux LiveCD. Somewhere around 0.13 there ended up being a proper process anyway.
DHCP is busted
dhcpcd -L /tmp/dhcpcd
shutdown -rn nowskips init and will work to reboot.
Rebuild the prompt to my own liking.
- At least have a space after
- At least have a space after
- NTFS isn't supported by the kernel of the liveboot cd
Networking didn't work for me on my work comp.
- Perhaps it's because I had two network cards
- Perhaps my cards need specific drivers
- Perhaps I shouldn't care, since I use better at home? Or maybe I should rebuild the cd with this in mind and include more drivers if that's the solution.
ctrl-alt-backspacefrom X isn't a very clean exit. Forced to press enter to get the prompt back.