I am usually a plasma user but I wanted a less graphically intensive solution for when I create a VM that will be accessed remotely. I decided on LXQt but the community edition doesn't match my personal needs. I decided to build my own from the ground up. I originally used architect but I wanted something I could easily replicate. I ended up making a minimal ISO and I thought I would share it. Since it didn't take much, I also decided to create a less minimal ISO in the event someone was interested in taking a look.
So here it is:
Here are the major differences between this and the community edition:
- Theming - It uses Matcha Dark Sea to match the current Manjaro theming
- Installed Applications - The full version includes an application set that more closely aligns with other Manjaro editions
- Display Manager - I chose LightDM over SDDM because it allows for a unified screen locking experience with Light Locker.
The ISOs are available here:
Minimal ISO - sha256 - b34a8f0859907aa9d9ed821b916bc4158239f8b5a6ff1c74fe0d59fba5ca94e6
Full ISO - sha256 - c318135b477da86c32ce16ecd2af75dcc643cc6fbd1d6c8f23d69da4fdd4edde
Please keep in mind that the minimal ISO is very minimal. It is basically just the apps included in LXQt itself and theming. There isn't even a browser. This is the one I built for myself. I would only recommend it if you want to install all your own apps.
If you would like to review the iso profile or build it yourself you can get it here.
Why didn't you use kwin instead of openbox?
Because bringing in kwin and making it useful requires not only kwin and it's dependencies but also plasma systemsettings and all it's dependencies. At that point, I might consider just running plasma instead. However, it is easy enough to install kwin yourself if that is your preference. LXQt makes it easy to switch window managers.
Is it good for HIDPI displays?
Openbox isn't the best for this application. If you want that, you would might want to switch to kwin.
Will it run on older hardware?
It should, you might consider disabling compton for the best performance on older hardware
Why did you include application X instead of application Y?
It is combination of trying to stay close to the default applications included in Manjaro and personal preference
Which kernel is on the ISOs?
What happens if you stop maintaining this ISO?
Nothing, really. There are no custom packages or repos. It is just Manjaro with a different set of installed applications and theming. It should continue to function as any other Manjaro install would.
What is the difference between the minimal and full ISOs?