TinyMe “Acorn” Alpha 2012.03.05 has made its way into the world! This release marks several firsts for TinyMe. It’s TinyMe’s first release in quite a while, the first release primarily based on Mandriva Cooker, and most importantly, this is TinyMe’s first 64 bit release!

TinyMe is targeted at older computers and people who want a very light and fast desktop environment.

Good defaults are not in place, so it will appear rough, but it is our hopes that it should be functional.

TinyMe Features

Although TinyMe comes in a small ISO, it provides tools for most of your everyday wants and needs:

  • Kernel 3.2.7
  • SLiM logs you in
  • DeadBeef, audio player
  • AbiWord, a light and fast yet powerful word processor
  • Netsurf, web browser
  • Osmo, personal information manager
  • Viewnior, image viewer
  • MEdit, a tabbed text editor
  • MuPDF, a very small PDF viewer
  • Conky, a small system monitor
  • Tilda, a Quake-esque terminal similar to Yakuake– just press F11) to pull down from the top of your screen!
  • Openbox is the session and window manager, Nitrogen manages the wallpaper, and LXPanel provides the panel.

Please report any issues here: http://tinymelinux.com/forum/forum-21.html

Release Notes

  • The root account is not properly set up, but it is basically functional.
  • Username/password is root/root and guest/guest.
  • /etc/skel is not set up. New users will not have proper defaults set in place.
  • To power off, open a terminal and type in ‘poweroff’.

Errata

  • The Openbox menu is not working correctly.
  • The Unity installer doesn’t work in graphical mode.
  • In a regular “bare metal” install, press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to text mode.
  • In VirtualBox, open the main VBox window, then go to File–> Preferences–> Input–> click on the “Host Key” box–> press something other than Ctrl or Alt– the Win key is best. This is your new “Host” key. Back at the VBox window running TinyMe, use Host+Alt+F1.
  • As root, run ‘unity-installer’.
  • Grub screen lacks contrast

TODO

  • Add GUI for shutting down (Crunchbang’s?).
  • Set up root account defaults.
  • Build and package /etc/skel.
  • Settle on GTK 2 or GTK 3.
  • Get the GUI installer to work.
  • Set DuckDuckGo as search provider.

Download
You may get this release on the download page.

Thanks
– The Unity Linux and Mandriva development teams. Without them, there would be no TinyMe.