Retro

Linux Operating System Version 0.1

Hello, you can download the 64-bit version here


or download the 32-bit version here.


The username is 'retro' and the password is blank (just hit enter).


Retro is yet another Ubuntu based distribution, but this time, combined with the rarely used Swordfish Window Manager. It is designed to be light, quick and retro in appearance.

This project was originally created in 2014 and as such, is based on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release. Which is still supported till late next year (2018). I would recommend running apt-get update and apt-get upgrade once installed.


This is what Retro Linux looks like. It boots straight to a terminal, ready for your commands.

Ready Screen

To connect to a wireless network, type sudo wicd-curses. Once in, highlight your network, press the right arrow key, you will now be in your network settings. Press down arrow until you highlight 'Key:'. Then enter your password, f10 to save and hit enter on your selected network to connect.

Ready Screen

You can also access most of the software and settings via the usual point and click method. Left-click anywhere near the light blue border to access the menu. You can install Retro from here. You can also change workspaces, load various programs or customise the Swordfish Windows Manager. You may also shutdown or reboot the system from here.

Menu Options

Some useful info

1. Keyboard Shortcuts
(where super is your window key)


super + m = maximise window
super + u = unmaximise window
super + r = resize window with mouse
super + d = delete window
super + left arrow = fill left hand of screen with window
super + right arrow = (you can guess)
alt + tab = cycle through windows
super + x = open lxterminal
super + c = open chrome browser

2. Useful Commands

date = current time and date
acpi = current battery state
sudo poweroff = turns the power off without the need to a enter password
sudo reboot = reboots same as above
df = list of mounted drives
sudo fdisk -l = list of drives including those not mounted
pumount (e.g/dev/sdb1) = unmounts a usb connected device for safe removal
sudo apt-get update = and of course this one to keep your system upto date
sudo apt-get upgrade = to upgrade
sudo apt-get install = to install your favourite package
sudo apt-cache search = helpful to find your favourite packages actual name
sudo apt-get purge = to get rid of the rubbish packages you installed
sudo apt-get autoremove = to get rid of all the stuff that has been left behind

3. Packages List

lxterminal - terminal
mc (midnight commander) - coolest named file manager ever
usbmount - because not so cooly, mc doesn’t auto mount without it
alsamixer - volume control (make sure everything is unmuted by pressing m)
htop - interactive process viewer
sc - spreadsheet
apcalc - calculater (type 'calc’ followed by equation e.g.'calc 98*105’)
wordgrinder - word processor
cmus - audioplayer (Press 5 to browse computer)
feh - imageviewer (mc will use this to open images)
zathura - pdf viewer
wicd-curses - network manager
cdw - cd disc writer utility
scrot - screen shot capture
finch - terminal email client
elinks - terminal web browser
google-chromium - web browser
gparted - disk manager
remastersys - back up your system
unetbootin - create live usb boot sticks
gimp - image editor
vlc - audio and video player
burgerspace - burger time clone game
dodgindiamond2 - shoot'em up arcade game ('m’to shoot, I love the music on this one)
epiphany-game - boulder dash clone game (use arrows to get all the objects and progress to next level)
gltron - tron game




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