I usually prefer archlinux, but lately they've been releasing bleeding edge kernels and patches, which have resulted in lots of breakage and bad dependencies. I go so frustrated with it that I left and started looking for alternative distros.
I wasn't having much luck. So many distros are geared towards a heavy GUI foundation, and target a new user base. Until I found Crunchbang#! Linux, that is. It is a stripped version of ubuntu, which uses openbox as the default window manager, and only includes the bare necessities. That way I get all the stability and hardware support of ubuntu, without all of the cruft.
I spent all of last weekend fiddling with it and installing it. I finally got it working almost perfectly, and turned my attention towards the fun stuff: Personalization!
My first step was to pick a conky config. Conky is a very light desktop-sensors-rainmeter type of program. The beauty is how light on resources it is, as well as its flexibility. Everything is configured through config files, although a GUI tool is becoming more popular.
I was thinking about what kind of config I should do, and when I need to think, I play video games. I recently got Nethack4 compiled, and thought I would give it a shot! Nethack is an old-school terminal-graphics dungeon crawler.
|You're the little @ symbol. It's more fun than it looks :)|
I spent about 4 hours tweaking the settings and getting them just right, but I'm very happy with the result.
|The map is static, but the rest updates every second.|
I had a lot of fun messing around with this conky! Maybe you'll find some of the scripts inspirational for your own configs.
here are the scripts below:
Message me with any questions or comments!