Entry #16

Newgrounds Linux!

2009-08-12 06:20:43 by Rohedin


OK, so whilst fiddling around with my Linux Mint installation today I had the idea of creating my very own distribution of Linux. I decided that a Newgrounds-themed OS would be pretty damn cool, so I've started work on remastering Ubuntu to create Newgrounds Linux!

It will pretty much be a standard Ubuntu installation, except with a fresh Newgrounds look. So that means Newgrounds wallpapers, theme, bootup splash, sound theme and whatever more I can think of. I'll also be adding a few extra goodies in like Flash-player preinstalled so you can watch movies and play games on Newgrounds straight out the box!

Anyway, I only just had the idea so it will be a while before it's done. I'll probably have a basic setup done by the end of today with the wallpapers and sounds. After that it'll take me a few days to make the icon theme, bootup theme, logon theme and various other things. In a week I'll probably have it complete, then after that I can test it to make sure it works properly, then I'll release it.

Anyway, feel free to reply with suggestions/comments/spam.

Update 22.08.09 (Again :P )
3rd update today. I have successfully(ish) integrated the bootup screen. It displays perfectly on the LiveCD shut-down and a full installation startup and shut-down. Unfortunately it doesn't display when the LiveCD is starting up (although the logo is there on the boot-menu). I'll try and fix this, but I may have to give up an accept that the LiveCD is too stupid to let me do what I'm trying. It's not like it's a show-stopping bug.

Two pieces of good news today though, the first is that my friend has very kindly agreed to host the Newgrounds Linux website, so you can expect that to appear hopefully in the next week. The other good news is that I've successfully installed Newgrounds Linux in a virtual machine, and everything is 100% working and usable. The only glitch I noticed was that the wallpaper zoomed in on the top right corner instead of scaling to fit the screen, but as soon as I opened the appearance manager it immediately corrected itself. This should be fixable anyway.

Updates 24/08/09
OK, things are going well, the CD is now under 700mb (Had to remove Evolution Mail Client - sorry, you can install it yourself if you want). There are now a few bugs left for me to fix.

Bug List:
All bugs now fixed! - 30/08

Update 30/08
Finally! All bugs have now been fixed (at least up to the point they can be). The only 2 minor annoyances it that the wallpaper still zooms in instead of stretching to fit. However immediately after opening the "Change Wallpaper" or "Appearance" programs the wallpaper will correct itself. You only need to do this once and it doesn't happen again. And the Ubuntu logo still displays when booting up the LiveCD only, but this is only an aesthetic issue. I've decided to leave these after trying to fix them for a while, as it makes bugger all difference in the end.

So development-wise, things are 100% done, and the Release Candidate has been buitl! Over the next week me and a few friends are going to test it out and make sure it's definitely working as expected. I should get a website online over the week as well so that things should be 100% for the release next weeked.

CONFIRMED! File is uploaded and ready for launch tomorrow!
Release Date: September 13th!!

Also, here's a screenshot of it so far, it's still a work in progress. The image is small, but I don't want to show much whilst it's still under development though

Newgrounds Linux!


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2009-08-19 16:45:41


Rohedin responds:



2009-08-19 16:49:29


But... couldn't you have just made a couple of themes instead of modifying a whole distro of Linux? Its pretty much just a mod of Ubuntu anyways...

Its still awesome though.

(Updated ) Rohedin responds:

Well, after I'd done the theme, it still looked a little plain and boring, so I added wallpapers and the Conky sidepanel to make it look cool, then just finished off the whole redecoration and did the bootup screen and login screen.

It's just a rethemed Ubuntu though, so it'll be compatible with everything, and the interface layout is still normal.

Anyway, on Sunday I'll try and roll out the first beta, need to fix a couple of glitches first though.


2009-08-19 16:52:50


Rohedin responds:

Woop woop.


2009-08-20 18:46:37

Looking nice. Since you said it is a customized version of Ubuntu, when you release it, could you also post individual files.

Also, nice to see Conky about, even if I haven't a clue on how to do anything major with it.

Rohedin responds:

Sure, I'll be posting individual theme files and modified configs for people who want to just customise an existing Ubuntu installation.

And yeah, Conky has really gained a lot of popularity ever since Crunchbang started using it, and it's not as hard to configure as you might think. I might even write a small guide about it if I get the time.


2009-08-22 21:31:34

looks ... amazing! that's amazing! when its done were can i get it?

Rohedin responds:

I'll be making a BBS thread with a download link when it's done. I'll also put the link on this page, so just keep an eye out for it. This will hopefully be in about a week :)


2009-08-23 22:43:33

that sounds really cool!!
great idea!

Rohedin responds:

Thanks :D


2009-08-24 11:23:42

Gnarly mang, I am so replacing my current Ubuntu installation with that.

Rohedin responds:

Good to hear!


2009-08-24 11:24:45

Will it have the jiggly windows like in Ubuntu?

Rohedin responds:

Yup, fully jiggly windows built in, you just need to enable them in the options menu.


2009-08-24 11:26:17

Also, replace the ubuntu logo with tank_sm.gif

Rohedin responds:

Funny, I was just thinking that, I might very well do. It's already in the login screen but you can't get enough tank_sm.gif


2009-08-24 13:35:47



2009-08-24 13:36:44

and question, can it run on my macbook?

(Updated ) Rohedin responds:

If it's an Intel-based Mac, then yeah, it should work perfectly.


2009-08-27 16:13:50

You should use the flash preloader for the bootup screen.
Also the emoticons for error message icons, sorta like how we have the agnry faic for errors.


2009-08-28 02:48:53

Ubuntu rocks my socks! And guitar. It's pretty damn good at guitar...


2009-08-29 15:36:44

Wow... Newgrounds Linux looks cool! I hope it all works out - I want to try this out when it's released.

If you want to give people an easy way to get all the stuff you can't leave in, how about compiling a 'Starter Pack' or something? You could add all the apps and stuff you couldn't put on the CD, and host it on the NG Linux site.

Might not be the best idea if the site has a limited amount of bandwidth etc.

Either way, that looks like a great Operating System.

Rohedin responds:

The Starter Pack seems like a good idea. I might just make it a script that automatically installs the extra programs, and have the shortcut on the desktop when the OS installs. Luckily there isn't too much left out of the CD, so it shouldn't be a big hassle.

Thanks for the comment!


2009-09-01 04:16:36

I am so totally getting that. I lost my Ubuntu CD anyways, and this will be awesome. Linx to the website?

Rohedin responds:

Website is half way through being made, I'll update the blog post when it's done.


2009-09-04 14:30:01

Nice man. Care to make a version compatable with the PS3?

(Updated ) Rohedin responds:

Unfortunately I don't have a PS3 so I couldn't. I'm sure that somebody will though since I'll be releasing all the themes seperately with the launch.

Launch is tomorrow by the way.


2009-09-04 15:23:53

So basically it's Ubunto with NG graphics and fonts?

Rohedin responds:

Pretty much, plus some tweaks that means Flash Player is already installed, and it will play DVDs and stuff without needing to install any plugins.
Sure it isn't something massive, but it's a pretty nice small spinoff.


2009-09-11 14:06:43

You should talk to Tom and see what he thinks of this. Something tells me he'll be pleased.

Rohedin responds:

Ha, yeah, I can always hope. Some store credit would be nice :P


2009-09-12 05:23:09

Dude you really need to slap your friend. He is holding the whole thing up!

I think you should upload it to MediaFire.com yourself and let people download it from there.

I can't wait for this....I have a computer in which I want to install it on. Could you PM me when you get the download link or your friend decides to pull his finger out?

Rohedin responds:

Haha, yeah, I'm on top of the slapping thing. I'm using a different filehost now, in fact the upload is 44% right now :)
So, I'll be able to release it tomorrow, finally.


2009-09-12 05:32:17

Surely you can just make a Newgrounds theme/sounds that people can download. That would surely be easier than hosting a whole new 700MB file.

Rohedin responds:

I'll be offering the themes as a seperate download for people who already have an Ubuntu installation. The main reason I'm offering the whole distro is that not many people have an Ubuntu installation, and having a Newgrounds-themed one is a nice opportunity for people to try it out.
As I said in the previous reply, it's uploading now (45%), so I'll release it tomorrow.


2009-09-12 18:46:25

You should like....Release it now! Since its uploaded and is ready....What is stopping you? Hmm? HMMMMMM?!?

Rohedin responds:

I was sleeping :P
Anyway, now I'm awake I got to type the post (might take a while). Let's say 9am Newgrounds time.


2010-04-09 02:03:16