Elx experience

After a breeze installation through, I was really exited to explore ELX, as I was used to GNOME that’s why I started, But as I thought I didn’t show up and I brought back to the login screen .So I logged on KDE, The desktop was different than the one Redhat. But got some cool features, It was quite resemble to the windows style, The Show desktop button on the panel can come really handy to newbies, It boast of the My favorites Launch Pad, Which I give a thought to try, But not got so impressed it is for Dumb people who doesn’t know that u have to click xmms button to start a player to listen songs. I missed the default 4 desktop in Redhat; The Icon rendering was not smooth as in Fedora or else.

Now to see the Menu represented by a big E sign, which shows ELX Linux sign. My first Choice Audio and Video section has mplayer, realplayer and VlC to feast upon, Which is really good and that too when alsa is reconfigured, really the multimedia section In Elx is good, I soon installed the xmms-alsa Plugin and start enjoying my huge collection of MP3. Now to try mplayer, which has been my favorite since many years, made a playlist in the mplayer and start the Music, hey who says Linux is tough.

Now to the Office section and always for the rescue Open Office, Which is not needed to explain how good it is. Apart from that u have Kedit, Kate as text editors, which boast some good stuff.

Now I fired my favorite part of Linux the console, fired the mplayer by using gmplayer command but it hanged, I didn’t got the idea why, anyway I thought of killing it and fired my fav tool xkill, but to my surprise it was not included in elx, which is according to me most powerful tool, Ok I got the process listed and killed the gmplayer.

After this much hangout, I thought to close the Box, I made my mind for this distro as it was an MADE IN INDIA product, But I not got anything INDIAN in that, Is My Favorites and Show Desktop is Indian, Surely Not. An inclusion of IndLInux or some Indian softwares will be a good treat, But till when the distro try to be window like it could not compete the big boys, Like redhat. Because in Indian desktop market the money is not a matter, as windows is also free for us isn’t it.

Elx install

Yesterday i find my disk space full after seeing the message no space for making temp files.

So i thought it is a time to backup important data and reformat the drive with a new installation. This time i thought why not something other than old warhorse redhat, may be another flavor based on that, i have tried pcqlinux2004 and really a big fan of that, but i want something new.

So i go for the ELX Biz Desk(Everyone Linux), The best thing about it was the Made In India Tag. It is a Linux Distro that is quite old and running in India from a long time.

Let`s get back to main point, about the distro.I got my hands on only one CD as i can`t download the other CD`s.Check out for more.The booting was normally easy as seen in redhat, Elx is using elxinstaller instead of Anaconda, which seems to be a modified version of Anaconda.My monitor is not probed here also, but anyway it wasn`t detected in any distro.

After configuring keyboard, mouse,video card and Monitor and the installation type which have only two option as Default and Custom, i Choosed custom which gives me more control on my installation.Well Default also offers all basic packages to be installed.

After that i got the most daunting task for any newbie, disk partition. Here i can`t see the old disk druid option with the automatic partition , But a new partition manager option , i give a thought to give it a try.

Whoa the interface is same as the Disk Druid but got a new robust option of Resize making partition from the existing dos partition, This is really a good tool for any Newbie.

Well i just selected my old ext3 partition to be formatted and install Elx there.

Now comes the package selection apart from boot menu,Firewall,timezone which are same as redhat.In Package selection it was Showing Kde ,Gnome Both With the core X files.But since the gnome files were very less, i am sure it is not going to work, but since i have a large disk space , i installed both.

In kde option it included mplayer,realplayer and all the basic applications,The main thing is that u get webmin,mplayer,Acroread and alsa pre instelled which is not included in redhat and are very essential.

We have the cool xmms application here also, with a ogle DVD player which is unable to play DVD`s, But i recommend to go for mplayer , mplayer can play more than 90% of all codecs, some of which even Windows Media Player can`t Play.

Installation was smooth and rather easy, and i really didn`t have any Hiccups, Well as far as Running this OS goes , i have written all the stuff before running this OS, But I believe this Indian Stuff will be Great to relish, Let`s Proudly Say “I LOVE MY INDIA”.