LinuxBBQ Bloat

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An Openbox edition of the LinuxBBQ distribution based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system

editor's review




LinuxBBQ Bloat is a special edition of the Debian-based LinuxBBQ operating system that includes a minimal desktop environment powered by the Openbox window manager and a very minimal set of open source applications. It is suitable for low-end computers!

Distributed as 32-bit and 64-bit Live CDs

This LinuxBBQ edition can be downloaded via Softpedia or directly from its official website (see link above) as two Live CD ISO images, one for each of the supported architectures (64-bit and 32-bit). You must write these ISO images to CD discs or USB flash drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC.

Boot options

From the boot menu of the Live CDs, the user can start the live environment with default boot options or in safe graphics mode, as well as to copy the contents of the ISOs to RAM, or use the nomode, VGA and i915 (for Intel video cards) options. It’s also possible to run a memory test or boot from the local drive.

Minimal, yet eye-candy desktop environment powered by Openbox

As mentioned, Openbox is in charge of the desktop environment of LinuxBBQ Bloat. It features a very clean and simple graphical interface where you must right-click anywhere on the desktop to access the main menu and launch applications.

Minimal set of open source applications

As expected, this minimal version of the LinuxBBQ operating system comes with a minimal set of open source applications, among which we can mention UXTerm terminal emulator, Midnight Commander twin-panel file manager, Ncdu disk usage analyzer, Roaster browser, nano and Leafpad text editors.

In addition, the distro include various in-house built LinuxBBQ tools, such as bbqusb to copy ISO to USB, bbqradio-gui, bbqtv, bbqget to download third-party applications, and roastyourown package selector.

Bottom line

Summing up, the Bloat edition of LinuxBBQ is a stable, Debian-based operating system that has been designed from the ground up to be deployed on low-end machines or computers with old and semi-old hardware components that no longer support installations of modern OSes.

LinuxBBQ Bloat was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 15th, 2014
LinuxBBQ Bloat - The desktop environment of the LinuxBBQ Bloat operating system

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