Welcome into AlbatrOS

You will found here all about the Linux Distribution AlbatrOS.

What is AlbatrOS  ?

AlbatrOS is a linux based live CD, developped by the team of the LinuxConsole Project, which is primarly designed to turn old and semi-old computers into game console center.

Both live-CDs (LinuxConsole and AlbatrOS) are based upon the basic tool Dibab, already released at December 2013 by Yann Le Doare : as a rewritten code from scratch, Dibab allows to simply build and compile a soft, smart, fast, and multilingual linux distribution. You can include in the script several links to debian packages, source-based packages, and others.

What’s inside AlbatrOS ?

According to the first aim, this low-fat cooking CD (~ 400 Mo) is a trilingual (fr, esp, en) light distribution, with, as technical ingredients : BusyBox 1.21.1, Linux kernel 3.12.5, Mesa 9.1.6, X.Org 1.14.3, NetworkManager, Openbox/LXDE environment (git release).

The LXDE desktop includes some utilities (Leafpad, Audacious), scripts to easy install (Firefox 28, flash player, and Google chrome), and system-management functions (like installing printers).

As a bonus, a lightweight package manager called opkg-gui allows you to install and run stable source-packages to fill out the basis live CD with the last released soft (and non-cut dependances). Several categories are concerned :

  • games (steam, xbmc interface, foobillard, slimvolley, supertuxkart,…)
  • office (hunspell, libre-office, evince, gimp, inkscape, scribus)
  • system (gparted, grub, mc)
  • education (stellarium)
  • multimedia (vlc)

To come : wine, and some others.

For which computer (technical requirements) ??

According to the goal of old computers revival and stimulation, this distribution works well on old and mid-old computers with low ressources (down to 512 MB RAM) : fast boot; runs on old and new video cards (Intel, NVIDIA, ATI); can be turned into live USB; can be installed as a dual-boot system with Windows.

In the moment, AlbatrOS 2.1 is daily tested on different computers :

  • for games,on Pentium 4 computers (1.8Ghz CPU), 512Mo RAM, Intel or Nvidia video cards (HP Vl420, Dell Optiplex GX260) and on a Nec PowerMate VT (2.6 Ghz CPU)
  • for media environment, the live CD with XBMC basis and play tests, on a HP probbok 6560b, intel core I5 CPU (2,3Ghz), 4 Go Ram (1Go for video), Intel graphic card, and on a htpc, intel core 2 duo CPU (3Ghz), 2 Go RAM, Nvidia Geforce 9500GT graphic card (500Mo memory).
  • for a PhD work (human science), the live CD with two or three office packages opened together, on an old Compaq Presario 2100 (year 2004), with AMD Athlon CPU XP 2500+ CPU (1,85 GHz), 967 Mo Ram (and 32 Mo for video memory), a ATI Radeon IGP 320 M card, a combo CD-RW/DVD reader (CD burner 10x) ;
  • for development,

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