[HLUG] Help Torios for old PCs (NON PAE)
dicegeorge at hotmail.com
Sun May 19 13:05:56 UTC 2019
"ToriOS is a GNU/Linux Operating System built for very old computers
(NON PAE) and for those who are interested and brave enough to build
their own system the way they like from a fully working base with GUI
and minimal installed packages by default.
Firstly if you want to get involved you should get check out the project
website at Torios.top. Here you can find out more and a little about
the small but dedicated team behind it.
The ToriOS project has two mailing lists, one is a general list and the
other is to discuss issues around the development of the system. List
subscriptions re managed from Launchpad.
Please sign up to the main list from this page in the first instance.
The main project page can be found at
Where we need help
At present we need help with :
Testing and bug reporting (if you are unsure how to submit bug reports
via launchpad we can help with this, just ask) otherwise just sending to
the list and being able to describe the issue, allows others to
reproduce and confirm, or perhaps you can confirm the same issue, it is
Documentation. I am the main documentation lead for the project, and
the current manual can be found here.
The manual is being written with LaTeX which is a document creation
system. I am also using Overleaf which is a editing and collaboration
website. There is however talk on creating a version of the manual in
gitbook. This uses markdown. There is room for both and a need for a
both web based and pdf based documentation. I will probably find it
easier if people send me plain text files for the manual and I will just
drop them in to the right place.
I have suggested that we need a good documentation for
OBI ; One button installer, this is a separate project to create a
text based installer but is the installer that is used by ToriOS. If we
can create or keep documentation for OBI updated then it really helps,
this same document can then also form part of a specific install manual
JWM : JWM is the default window manager, again good documentation for
this, would help the ToriOS project too.
General ToriOS specific items, are part of the manual I am writing, but
by having separate documentation it keeps everything small and
manageable. So contributions to this are very welcome. Forking the
manual to gitbook and markdown is another way to contribute as it should
be possible to keep both manuals in sync. If you sign up to github
then you can sign IN to gitbook using your github account.
Installation Manual(s): Would just cover installation
Screen shots of applications: These are more than welcome and can be
used on the website, in promotional materials and in documentation.
Screenshots of specific items such as JWM settings manager helps
multiple projects tool.
Testing Manual: This can help people new to testing, but also allow us
to identify issues so the developers can work on fixing. Testing can
involve installing on a spare computer (recommended), Install into a
virtual machine or dual booting*.
Dual booting carries all the usual risks of data loss if you are not
careful and requires manual partitioning and you really need to know
what you are doing.
By just using the OS you are helping with the project. by helping with
documentation just by sharing how to do something you are able to help
and reduce the workload for others. For example I am trying to
describe each application in the menu system, provide information on
version and perhaps a screen shot of each. So just by looking at the
way this is presented and helping fill in the blanks is really appreciated.
DEVELOPMENT: Last but not least we need help with the actual
development of the system or system components, help to fix bugs,
write or improve components is essential. Help ToriOS on its roadmap
to version 2.0 and beyond.
DISCUSSIONS and FEEDBACK: We are an open community, small but dedicated,
so if you join the discussion you can be part of the development
process, regardless of who you are, experience level etc.
We look forward to people joining the team, contributing to free
software and being part of something much much bigger.
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