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Ready Logo Ready Linux  

Operating System Version 0.2

Hello, you can download the 64-bit version here

or download the 32-bit version here.

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

Ready Linux is yet another Ubuntu-based distribution, but this time, combined with the rarely used Sawfish Window Manager. It is designed to be light, quick and retro in appearance. Watch a video here.

This project was originally created in 2014 and as such, is based on the Ubuntu 14.04.05 LTS release. Which doesn't reach its "end of life" till April 2019.

Ready Linux is currently on the Distrowatch projects not ready list if you would like to recommend it. And you can read its first review, which comes from Japan.

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

Ready Screen

To connect to a wireless network, watch this video. Or type sudo wicd-curses. Press down arrow to highlight your network, then press the right arrow key to go in to settings. Press down arrow until you highlight 'Key:'. Then enter your password, f10 to save and hit enter on your selected network to connect.

Network 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 Ready from here, load various programs or customise the Sawfish 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 + w = move the window with the mouse
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 + 1 = activate workspace 1
super + 2,3 or 4 = activate workspace 2,3 or 4
super + x = open lxterminal
super + f = open firefox

2. Useful Commands

date = current time and date
acpi = current battery state
sudo poweroff = turns the power off
sudo reboot = reboots the system
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 install = to install your favourite package
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

abcde - audio cd ripper
alpine - email client --> youtube how to video
alsamixer - volume control (make sure everything is unmuted by pressing m)
apcalc - calculater (type 'calc’ followed by equation e.g.'calc 98*105’)
calcurse calender and to-do lists application
cdw - cd disc writer utility
cmus - audioplayer (Press 5 to browse computer, 2 free music files included)
elinks - web browser
espeak - says what you type (e.g. espeak "hello world")
finch - instant messaging client
fortune - quote for the day
htop - interactive process viewer
lxterminal - terminal
mc (midnight commander) - coolest named file manager ever
nano - text editor
rtorrent - bittorrent client
sc - spreadsheet
scrot - screen shot capture
wicd-curses - network manager
wordgrinder - word processor

feh - image viewer
firefox - web browser
gimp - image editor
gparted - disk manager
pcmanfm - file manager
remastersys - back up your system
unetbootin - create live usb boot sticks
vlc - audio and video player
zathura - pdf viewer

argmagetronad - tron game with internet multiplay
burgerspace - burger time clone game
dodgindiamond2 - shoot'em up arcade game ('m’to shoot)
epiphany-game - boulder dash clone game

Here is a link to V0.1 64bit (15th Nov '17)

and here to V0.1 32bit (15th Nov '17).

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