The niche once filled by Masonux is no longer a niche, and thus I've decided that Masonux no longer has a need to continue. It's been fun folks, and thank you for your support.
Check out Lubuntu, LXDE Mint, Remastersys LXDE Lite, and Peppermint for some other distros that use LXDE.
I'm still a college student, for those unaware. One more week of lecture, and then Finals week. Once that is done, my little brother whom I haven't seen in a while is coming out to visit. Once that is done, summer school starts for me... Only taking one class, though. My Agenda:
I haven't had any luck resolving any of the annoying issues caused by upstream changes not meshing well with LXDE and openbox. Unless that changes, Masonux 9.10 r1 will be the final 9.10-based release. 10.04 will hopefully not be so wonky.
Masonux 9.10 r1 is Beta quality. If must have stuff only available in the Ubuntu 9.10 repositories and are willing to read through the release notes/discussion, it is available for download. However, if the "Just Works" aspect is important to you, you probably want to use Masonux 9.04-20090821.
I haven't done a lot of testing with this release, so I need your help before I declare it fully "stable".
See here for details.
Thanks to the oustanding folks over at geekconnection, Masonux now has its own ftp server. This is great because it's a long term solution that I have direct control over. Public Domain Day, 2010
Unbeknownst to me, the previous e-mail I received from dropbox informing me that they where cutting off my public dropbox probably had something to do with a spike that resulted from Masonux being listed on distrowatch. I guess we can call that a mixed blessing. No hard feelings towards dropbox, though. They are a company out to make money, and anyone with a bit of google talent will note that I have stated several times that I regard this as a hobby and don't ever intend to put money into it.... I have nothing to offer dropbox that they would be interested in, and hosting my .iso was costing them money.
A whole bunch of folks have offered all sorts of help with the distribution of Masonux. I'm leaving today to go skiing for a few days (actually, I need to be packing right now...) so I haven't gone through all the offers and whatnot. For now, though, there is a .torrent and direct download link in the downloads section. I have verified the md5sum of both, and both are good. Hopefully we will soon have a bunch of direct download mirrors there and a healthy torrent swarm.
I have no idea what the "masonux" thing listed on the gnutella network (FrostWire, LimeWire, etc) is, so don't download from there.
The community forum will be down for a few days. The guy that maintains the hardware (ie: a computer in his basement, running Cent OS if I remember correctly from him complaining about the ancient software in the repos.) and server-side software is going to try coding some additional functionality for the other forum that our community forum is a copy of... the functionality may or not make it's way to us. I've also had lots of offers for forum hosting, but I like the no-registration-required aspect of our current setup. I have no use for your e-mail address or other personal information if you don't feel like disclosing it, so why require that anyone provide it?
From my inbox:
Well, that's annoying. Cursed by success! :D Anyone that would like to offer a more reliable mirror, or any .torrent gurus that would like to set that up for me, please do so and let me know.
Until we resolve this, these directions will still work.
I'd prefer to find a $0.00 solution, as I don't want to start panhandling you folks for donations.
Suggestions? Please post them on the discussion forum.
Short Version: Unless you are certain that you trust the source and/or are able to vette it yourself for security concerns, do not install any .Deb files or run scripts from gnome-look or any other website on the internet. Especially not as root. This has always been good advice, but it is especially relevant right now. If you have done so in the last week or so, you may have a problem.
Long Version: If the above applies to you, please read through this in it's entirety.
Beta1 was released a while back, but I didn't announce it here because I am a bum... and, honestly? It was kind of an embarrassing release. Look here for details if you want to try it out. Beta2 will be released soon. Maybe today. It will also be an unpolished abomination. But it will have a christmas-themed default wallpaper. :D
Update: here is the 2nd beta. There is no md5 at present (and probably wont be, for betas), and the Login Window is a little wonky... make sure you select LXDE as the session. This is a beta, so do not install it on a production machine. On a related note: the install icon itself doesn't work. Entering "ubiquity" in a terminal works, though.
Under the hood changes in Ubuntu 9.10 have caused it to no longer be compatible with remastersys. The developer of remastersys is aware of the problem, so hopefully it will be resolved soon and Masonux 9.10 can be released.
I am experiencing a dilemma about which login manager to use in 9.10 due to some upstream changes. Please leave your feedback here or here if you are up to it. Thanks!
The Masonux Discussion Forum can be found here, or by clicking on the link located to the left.
Click here to download. There is no compelling reason to use this version if you already have a previous 9.04 release of Masonux. This is an incremental release that accomplishes two of the items on my To-Do List.