Bug 5996 - "Fallback" desktop profile based on Openbox
Summary: "Fallback" desktop profile based on Openbox
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: ThinLinc
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Desktop environment (show other bugs)
Version: trunk
Hardware: PC Unknown
: P2 Normal
Target Milestone: LowPrio
Assignee: Pierre Ossman
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-09-19 09:40 CEST by Karl Mikaelsson
Modified: 2016-09-20 10:51 CEST (History)
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Description Karl Mikaelsson cendio 2016-09-19 09:40:03 CEST
It would be less work for the administrator to set up a working ThinLinc system if we could present them with a minimal built-in desktop profile.

In the installation process of ThinLinc, we offer to install all requirements/dependencies for ThinLinc to run. This is nice and all, but it won't render a minimal system into a usable state. Given that a minimal installation will (most likely) not include a desktop environment, ThinLinc will just say "No available profiles found" even though tl-setup has installed all requirements. In other words, not usable by default.

This problem isn't limited to minimal distribution installations - it's also valid for distributions that use esoteric or uncommon window managers/desktop environments that we haven't got ready-made profiles for.

Why Openbox? For starters, we're already building and shipping it for tl-single-app. It's also a fairly small and lightweight window manager, which will work well with ThinLinc. If other window managers/desktop environments show similar benefits, I'm all for considering them as alternatives. The "it's code we're already shipping" argument for Openbox is carrying lots of weight for me.

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