Window Maker Live CD 0.95.6-2
Available for download as 64-bit/32-bit Live CDs
The distribution is available for download as a Live CD ISO images, designed to support the 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. While the 32-bit edition will boot on both 32-bit and 64-bit machines, it will only support 32-bit applications. On the other hand, the 64-bit edition boots only on 64-bit computers and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit software.
While the bootloader of the Live CDs has been highly customized, you can immediately notice that it is based on a Debian distribution. It will allow the user to start the live session for the respective architecture (see the above section for details) or permanently install the operating system on a local drive.
Old-school graphical desktop environment powered by Window Maker
As its name suggests, Window Maker Live CD is an operating system system distributed as a Live CD and built around the Window Maker project, which is its default graphical desktop environment.
Window Maker is one of the strangest desktop environments/window managers ever created. It does not feature any panels, but only some sorts of launchers, called docklets. To access the main menu and launch applications, one must right click anywhere on the desktop.
Default applications include the Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Seahorse password manager, Mousepad text editor, FileZilla file transfer client, Thunar file manager, Geeqie image viewer, Rhythmbox music player, SMPlayer video player and Mozilla Firefox web browser.
In conclusion, Window Maker Live CD is a decent operating system that should be used only by fans of the Window Maker window manager.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on June 30th, 2014
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- Both firefox and thunderbird are not preinstalled anymore into the static squashfs of the live system. Instead, the upstream archives are now shipped separetely on the ISO image within the top level "custom" folder. These archives are then automaticaly unpacked at run time of the live session or during installation to disk. This not only enables users to easily replace the contained english language Mozilla applications with different language versions, but also allows for updating these release versions with newer ones featuring both bug and security fixes, and without having to download more recent wmlive ISO images. To comfortably edit and modify the ISO image, the wmlive built in isomaster application can be used.
- If an archive named "custom.tar.xz" and/or "custom.tar.bz2" is found in the top level ./custom folder on the ISO, it is automatically unpacked to the / directory during runtime of the live session or installation. This can be used for subsequent modifications of configuration settings which were formerly hardcoded into the squashfs during the creation of the wmlive ISO, but also for the installation of additional third party applications which are not usually included in the Debian archives.
- UltraBay hot plugging for ThinkPads was reimplemented from scratch and included as a proper debian package. It was verified to work for at least ThinkPad models T60 and T61. Further feedback is welcome! Additionally, when an UltraBay battery is inserted, standard battery discharge order will automatically switch to first drain the main battery instead of the UltraBay battery, in order to override the unfortunate manufacturer default.
- Hibernation support has been overhauled and optimized. It should now work out of the box, both in virtualized and real computers. During our tests we never had any issues with failing hibernation.
Application descriptionWindow Maker Live CD is a Linux distribution that uses the Window Maker window manager as its default graphical deskto...