Briefly, INX is a Live CD currently based on Ubuntu 8.04
It has no GNOME, KDE, XFCE... or any other desktop or window manager for that matter.
It is console-only - the idea is to give you a tool to learn more about the command line, while having some fun. You might be surprised how much can be done with such a system.
So what is this "X" thing, anyway?"
To put it simply and somewhat inaccurately, "X" is the graphical system
that underpins "Desktop" environments and window managers. INX is not X
because it deliberately does not use this system. The idea is to learn
about the underlying commands that make GNU/Linux systems do what they
do... This knowledge is helpful in any GNU/Linux system, but INX concentrates
on the "Debian Way" of doing things, which is also used by Ubuntu, for example.
You can watch some screencasts of INX in action here.
There is now an Internet Relay Chat channel!
Join #inx on irc.freenode.net.
You can find the latest development snapshots in the
"devel" directory. A better option is to use Bazaar (bzr) with the team at INX on Launchpad
Is there a mailing list or a forum etc. etc.?
There is a mailing list. You can subscribe here.
Is there an installer for INX, so that I can run it from the hard drive?
Short answer: no.
Longer answer: sort of...
If you are interested in helping to develop a hard drive installer, there is an early version available. The script is on launchpad.net.
It isn't for general use yet, and wants to use a whole hard drive. It is fine for installing INX to a virtual machine (Virtual Box for example). That way you can run INX while in X, which is an interesting contradiction... Of course, you can do that from the ISO image too, but with a virtual machine you have better options for saving data, changing configurations, and installing applications or keeping your install updated.
What if I want to build my own custom version?
The current version of the build script can be found in the INX pages at launchpad.net. This link will take you there The most recent versions use only Ubuntu Hardy as a base because it is "Long Term Support".
There will probably be a new build script for "development" versions, Real Soon Now (hah!)
Why don't you add "my favourite app or utility" ?
Mail me at:
and I'll consider reasonable requests ;-)
How can I help to make INX better?
You can send feedback to the mail address above, or subscribe to the mailing list. There is a mailto: link on the INX home page as well. Obviously, remove the "no-spam" and replace with @ :-)
You don't need to be an "expert" to give useful feedback - in fact the idea is to make INX work well for people who are just starting, and are a bit scared of the console. If you have questions, feel free to ask at that email address.
If you find bugs, do, please, report them!
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