In the previous post I did a basic desktop installing of NuTyX, installing mate as my desktop of choice. The just installed system was very spartan, with only a few applications: an image view, pdf viewer, text editor, and not much more. With no bloat to worry about, the next logical step would be to start customizing the system, so that it becomes useful for daily usage.
Most Linux distributions use a package manager to install precompiled binaries in the system, and take automatically care of dependencies.
NuTyX package manager is called cards. There is no graphical user interface, therefore we must use the command line. In the post about how to install NuTyX we already saw two cards commands used to synchronize packages:
cards sync cards diff
Lets search now, for example, for some browsers for our system:
cards search "web browser"
We see we have quite a lot of browsers to choose from. The list does not display chromium, but fear not, it is there, it does not appear because the search string I did apply before was a bit too restrictive.
I can install both browsers using the following command:
cards install firefox chromium
If we take a look at the alias for the system, we will see NuTyX comes with a list of predefined alias for the cards package system:
alias | grep cards
So we can, for example, install new software by simple typing get package name. The aliased syntax is what I will be using from now on since it is shorter.
To finish to add software for our new system, lets add the following packages:
- Accessories: xpad (sticky notes application)
- Graphics: gimp, kolourpaint (a simple paint like application)
- Sound and Video: vlc (a powerful media player for videos, music, CD, etc), audacity (application to manipulate audio files), rhythmbox (an audio player with features like playlists, lyrics support, CD burning, CD ripping), flburn (software to burn CD)
- Office: the libreoffice suite
- Internet: Firefox, Chromium, hexchat, thunderbird, Filezilla (ftp client).
get xpad gimp kolourpaint vlc audacity rhythmbox flburn libreoffice hexchat thunderbird filezilla
I missed some packages in the repositories, like brasero for CD burning, or Gnote for sticky notes, but at least I could alternatives, and set up what would be a basic home system.
I got not much to say on this matter: YouTube videos worked straight out of the box, and I could play also audio files with no problem whatsoever.
The NuTyX site provides good quality documentation to get started, and there is also a community forum (it requires registration for viewing).
However, since NuTyX is not a main stream distro, the amount of documentation available is much lesser than in others, more popular distributions.
NuTyX is a fast system, that allows the user to quickly build a custom system from a basic Linux install. IUsers that like to learn how an operative systems works, and are attracted to distributions like Arch, Slackware, etc, will likely find NuTyX interesting.