Horneker Linux 32 -- Tabby Edition
Horneker Linux is my attempt to create a Linux distribution suitable for home and small business use. Inspiration for this product is the PCLinuxOS distribution, with the obvious difference being that Horneker Linux was derived from OpenSuSE.
This version will be retained for the 2013 Tabby Edition due to the popularity of this version. A new Calico version is being implemented with KDE as the default desktop.
Like PCLinuxOS, I wish to make this distribution work with as much hardware as possible. Support for common Wi-Fi adapters is included on the LiveDVD to make network connections from laptops and netbooks easier.
Epson and Hewlett-Packard all-in-one devices and standalone printers are fully supported (as well as any printer supported with the Gutenprint driver). PulseAudio comes configured as a standard feature, and the distribution is configured to handle most multimedia files. libdvdcss does not come installed on the LiveDVD. However, libdvdnav and libdvdread are included.
Because of the size of the ISO file, this version can only be written to DVD and flash drives/memory cards of at least 4GB in capacity. To ensure you get a working ISO image (and save space on SuSE Studio), only the latest version is available for download.
For changes to the setup to work properly, you will either need to install this on your hard drive, or boot from a flash drive or memory card.
Also, after booting Horneker Linux, type guest to logon to the GNOME desktop, and type linux for the administrator password while running this as a LiveDVD. Once installed on your hard drive, you will have your own user account and password, and the distribution will work the same as any other OpenSuSE installation.
Version 1.0.5 incorporates a GNOME shell extension that brings back the GNOME 2 look and feel for those of us who do not like the GNOME 3 way of doing things. (After all, there is a reason none of the enterprise level distribuitions such as SuSe Linux Enterprise Desktop come with the GNOME 3 desktop.)
About the bootsplash image: This is a view of the lighthouse at Michigan City, IN taken from the summit of Mount Baldy.
There is an issue with scanner access through USB. The current version of
udev allows applications read only access to the USB subsystem (including the USB hub). The problem here is that
scanimage and the
sane-backends package require read and write access to the USB subsystem in order to function properly with USB scanners.
To get around this problem, you will need to open a terminal window, login as
root (with linux for the password unless you have installed this distribution to your hard drive), and type in the following:
chmod -R a+w /dev/bus/usb
Then exit the terminal window and you should be able to scan with
xsane or another scanning package.
If you have installed this distribution to your hard drive, you will need to append
chmod -R a+w /dev/bus/usb to
/etc/rc.d/boot.local, then reboot Linux. You should then be able to access your scanner.
A new version based on OpenSuSE 12.3 is under development, and will be Tabby Edition V2.
Burn this ISO file to a DVD (or CD, if the space allows), and you'll be able to boot directly from the disc.
I have included a GNOME shell extension that enables the GNOME desktop to look and feel like GNOME 2, for those of you who do not like the GNOME 3 interface.
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