Home > OpenStep, GNUstep > GNUstep Live CD Released GNUstep Live CD Released Submitted by hN 2004-02-26 OpenStep, GNUstep 33 Comments A Morphix-based GNUstep live CD has been released for i386. It includes many GS apps, such as MPlayer (GS port), GWorkspace, Preview, GNUmail, ProjectCenter and many more. It can be installed to a hard drive. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 33 Comments 2004-02-26 8:29 pm The closest thing to YellowBox that exists in the world! 2004-02-26 9:55 pm Going to give it a test sping when I get home. Still dont’t like the GUI though, really. Just my personal opinion, not based on any facts at all, so NO FLAMING! Maybe, just maybe, someone might be able to do something with it. Maybe that Rhaposdy look, or something, like was being tossed around on an other thread a few days ago. It is just way too blocky and dark. Still will give it a try and see how it feels. Great job to all involved. 2004-02-26 9:59 pm The GNUstep team is working on theme support, so your not stuck with the 16 year old NeXT look. 2004-02-26 10:06 pm Cool, very cool. I will have to give this some serious looking at then. 2004-02-26 10:06 pm i was wait for it from longtime… i saw NextStep running some years ago on an x86 machine and fall in love for it (the system, not the machine) :p i just begin to try it and my first feelings are good i will resume tommorow more in depth… time to go bed now By the way, this release is a Morphix-based distro. 2004-02-26 10:14 pm I think I’d rather just buy a Mac myself, but it’s cool that Linux has the option though, as I’ve found OpenStep to be a wonderful environment. 2004-02-26 10:15 pm I dunno, if anything I think the NeXT aesthetics have stood the test of time a whole lot better than (say) the Amiga UI – and probably will stand the test of time better than garbage like Luna. 2004-02-26 10:23 pm You know what would be cool and ironic? If they could theme this GNUstep desktop to look just like OS 9 Platinum. I do *not* like Aqua. 2004-02-26 10:37 pm Effectively, themes are in the work. I am currently working on this one http://www.roard.com/screenshots/screenshot_theme26.png — tell me what you think about it. Else I tested this live cd a few days ago, and it’s quite interesting 🙂 (the version I tested had some minor problem that should be resolved with the current one). Ah and for thoses interested, see a screenshot of GNUMail under … Windows : http://sophos.ca/~ludovic/winstep3.jpg . 2004-02-26 10:41 pm Nicer, but still too blocky, at least for me. 2004-02-26 10:44 pm YES YES YES!!! You took the words outta my mouth! )))) the surprising thing is that i bought a 2nd hand mac because i liked the look of osx (the features mostly) but i couldnt afford the osx upgrade for about two months after owning the mac. buy that time i grew to love the os9 interface and when i upgraded hated using the osx interface from day to day (still do… im back on winxp at work and osx at home) Blah 2004-02-26 10:45 pm nice theme keep up the good work 2004-02-26 11:08 pm Frankly I personally do not understand what the “thing” about theming is all about. That said, there’s http://www.roard.com/camaelon/ a theming engine for GNUstep, as well as http://www.cc.utah.edu/~msh3/WildMenus-0.05.tgz — a patch that will let you use horizontal menus: http://www.roard.com/screenshots/screenshot_theme24.png 2004-02-27 12:33 am Kudos to the GNUStep guys for this! I see the Win32 screen shot – does anyone know if the Win32 port is actually stable? I had heard that it was really buggy still? I’m looking forward to making this my default linux setup 2004-02-27 2:20 am I really liked it. It was surprisingly responsive, then I loded it into Ram, that was great. Needs more apps, go figure. I know it is installable to HD but couldn’t find an instller once I was in it. Tried to play a CD but that did seem to work either. It could just be that I am very unfamilur with it though. Also, couldn’t find docs on “how to use”, lots on how to write software, thats good. Can’t wait to see how this goes. Again, nice responsiveness. I didn’t like how the menus were horizontal though, would prefer more “Mac Like” in that area. Geat job though, reall great!! Everyone should give it a go!! 2004-02-27 3:05 am Wow! That screenshot Chris linked to is very, very cool. Knowing that the themability allows for the menu bar to be placed horizontally makes me very happy . GNUstep is looking more and more like the third real desktop option for GNU/Linux (and I suppose UNIX in general). It is just a shame there aren’t that many open source Cocoa apps to be ported over. 2004-02-27 7:10 am My only problem with GNUStep was, I didn’t feel they was doing there job to clone GNUstep with the Workspace and Window Manager. The applications are great clones great applications for any *step system. But the Workspace is just an application and Window Maker is just a desktop enviornment. They either need to make there own desktop enviornment that gives you the feel of OpenSTEP or make some background application that works the way it should have worked with logout, and whatever else is suppose to be on there from the OpenSTEP world. I dont like the feeling of I’m using WindowMaker then out of no where I run a GNUStep program and I feel like I’m using OpenSTEP then I close that program and I’m back to WindowMaker. 2004-02-27 11:41 am Well, I do like the GNUstep Default Theme. It feels very “solid”, no redraw glitches, no pixelerrors, etc… 2004-02-27 1:25 pm All you Mac users that would like to develop a Linux app should jump on this as the development environment GORM is a clone of the Mac IDE just not a pretty. Seems to work the same, and I understand that it can do cross platform work with Mac code. Excepting Carbon and Cocoa. 2004-02-27 3:44 pm the third real desktop option for GNU/Linux (and I suppose UNIX in general) Most run GNUstep on Linux, true, but there are some “weirdos” (I’m among those) that run it off Free/Open/NetBSD, Solaris and/or even Darwin. 2004-02-27 3:45 pm But the Workspace is just an application and Window Maker is just a desktop enviornment. They either need to make there own desktop enviornment that gives you the feel of OpenSTEP We are working on that. 2004-02-27 3:51 pm The thing that people should keep in mind that this is primarily a development environment not eyecandy. If you don’t care about Gorm just use Windowmaker on your standard distribution. 2004-02-27 4:51 pm Well, not exactly — WindowMaker is NOT a desktop, but a window manager for X which happend to have a similar look as NeXTSTEP. GNUstep is not a desktop either, it’s a development environment with incredibly powerful tools. But if you use GNUstep _applications_, they could form a desktop. There is a specific project for creating a desktop using gnustep : http://www.nongnu.org/backbone/ 2004-02-27 6:16 pm Why bother… Simply GNUstep is better (linux kernel) I see all these OS relics… BE OS, Nextstep, Rhapsody, Amiga… …wanting to come back Why? stick with LINUX, WIN or OS X. THere is more support, apps, and users. unless you like using crappy apps, and thinkering more than being productive… 2004-02-27 7:20 pm Simply GNUstep is better (linux kernel) Uhm, excuse me, but last time I checked, Morphix was based on Debian and Knoppix, which, as you may know too have a Linux kernel. I see all these OS relics… BE OS, Nextstep, Rhapsody, Amiga […] unless you like using crappy apps […] You obviously never used NeXT or OPENSTEP… 2004-02-27 8:39 pm Are they any current distribuions based on this? The closeted I can seem to find is GNU-Darwin. But to say that it doesn’t seem to be user/install friendy would be an understatment. There seems to be lots of different versions of “Devlopement Platforms” but no actuall complete OS, Linux based or otherwise. Is there one? P.S. I did find something called “LinuxStep” that has been discontinued and seems to have been what I am looking for. The other is “Backbone” but is way, way far from being useful and doesn’t seem to be aiming for a “complete” OS. 2004-02-27 9:12 pm LinuxStep was discontinued due to lack of time, as far as I recall. Backbone is no distribution but a collection of Frameworks (libraries) and Applications, tightly integrated to crate a Desktop. What you’re looking for would be http://simplygnustep.com/ There’s also some talk about a “distribution” based on Darwin, but nothing tangible yet. 2004-02-27 9:36 pm Thanks, I just found it. I subscirbed to the mailing list so that I can keep an eye on how it goes. 2004-02-27 10:11 pm IS it just me, or is there no web browser included on this LiveCD? If there is, I couldn’t find it. What’s the point of releasing a Linux-based LiveCD that doesn’t include a web browser? 2004-02-27 11:51 pm I issued the command, but nothing seems to happen. Anyone succsessfully installed it? 2004-02-28 9:22 am According to the website, it includes “InternetBrowser”. This program was announced on OSNews when it was first released: http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=5923 2004-02-28 10:33 am Ahm that is work in progress, the browser works, but the latest CVS version of GNUstep is not yet released as tarballs, and therefore not yet in Debian. The Browser needs a bit more work too. That means it will be included in some next release. Thank you for your patience. Sorry for the inconvenience. 2004-02-29 11:33 pm I wasn’t trying to say that GnuStep must include it’s own web browser to be useful; keeping such a program up to date and functional across a wide array of modern websites is an enormous undertaking. Is it possible to include a stock mozilla variant (FireFox) on the cd, even though it isn’t faithful to the ‘look’? At least people would benefit from all of the other GnuStep apps.