What is LinuxBBQ?


LinuxBBQ is a multi-purpose operating system based on the Debian GNU/Linux "sid" branch, spiced up with kernels and tools from siduction, grml and our users!


The BBQ offers different flavours and desktops to build up from ("Roast Your Own") that can be customized and remixed by the user.
Community contributions are consequently implemented.

Furthermore, special purpose desktop solutions are being actively developed and released.

The editions - coming in different setups of WM/DE and applications - are designed to be configured and customized by the end-user, producing redistributable ISOs that are bootable from USB, CD or DVD can be easily produced in short time.

Why is LinuxBBQ not recommended for me?


We do not say that LinuxBBQ is the best distro under the sun - quite the opposite:


Can I run LinuxBBQ?

LinuxBBQ releases do not require the newest and hottest hardware.

An Intel Celeron CPU is the minimum requirement, the CPU should use the i686 instruction set. If you use an older laptop or netbook, go for the Openbox Base or the XFCE4 editions.


Minimum requirements (hardware)

CPU 32-bit: Intel Pentium Pro / II or Intel Atom or AMD K7 or VIA C3-2 Nehemiah
CPU 64-bit: AMD64 / Sempron or Intel Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge or Intel Atom or VIA Nano
RAM: 512MB for MATE/XFCE4, 1024MB for GNOME3/KDE4
RAM: 256MB for all other WMs
VGA graphics adapter, acceleration only recommended for GNOME3
optical disk drive or capable of booting from USB
HDD minimum 3GB of disk space, 6GB for "Roast your own"

For older hardware (older than 12 years) we also offer experimental 486 releases.
If you plan to run Linux on even older computers (386DX or equivalent), you might consider using specialized distros like TinyCore, slitaz, DSL, PuppyLinux or the like.
Minimum requirements (user)

Of course you should have a basic understanding of computers and high interest in Linux to run and configure LinuxBBQ. If this is your first journey to Linuxland, bring with you a big bag of time and patience. We tried to make LinuxBBQ work 'as good as possible' out of the box for most hardware on the world, but it is very likely - or even a requirement - that you need to tweak your configurations and your setup.

This is the beauty of LinuxBBQ, it gives you the freedom and the full control over your computer. As long as you have an open mind, you're brave enough to ask, and ready to take advice we guarantee that you will have a lot of fun and -- most importantly -- that you will learn a lot about GNU/Linux with LinuxBBQ.

Users who are 'afraid' of using the Sid (unstable) branch of Debian are of course welcome to participate in discussions and development around LinuxBBQ, too. It is very unlikely, though that LinuxBBQ changes the Debian branch. On the other hand, by 2014 LinuxBBQ will feature new bases, like the U-Series (Ubuntu), the F-Series (Fedora), and forks of dormant and inactive distros.

Those who need a more 'corporate' version of Debian Sid are recommended to visit and try Siduction. Those interested in using the Testing variant might find joy with AntiX. Our recommendation for a stable Debian desktop is Crunchbang. If you have just switched from Windows to Linux, take a look at SolusOS. Everybody else: come in and have a bite!

Why LinuxBBQ?


We believe the entirety of the Linux landscape has its worth to the general Linux community.


It would be silly to exclude a certain WM/DE or application based upon little more than prejudice and hearsay. So, we allow users an easy way to try them all out, but each with a setup that will work (and work well) on nearly every computer out there (with some unavoidable exceptions of course), and we encourage users to "Roast Your Own".

Naturally, this means the inclusion of proprietary elements. We are well aware this goes against the grain of the common FOSS ideas, but frankly, we care more for actually getting a working system than for sitting behind our wifi-less computers as the victors of idealism.

The Team?

Julius Hader (machinebacon)

Chairwoman of the Standing BBQ Committee (Project founder) Smokes bacon in pipes. If stuff breaks, blame it on the Baconator.

Roald Blijleven (rhowaldt)

Minister of Communications (Wiki/Documentation) Keeps the drunkards calm. Tells you on the forums to mark the thread "solved".

David Dušanić (ivanovnegro)

Minister of Truth (Forums Support) Tells unsatisfied users to leave. Lacks of humour. Always open for discussions.

Joe Brock (DebianJoe)

Minister of Food Safety and Health Weighs heavy things and teaches newborn babies how to code in Lisp. Loves to clean up code.

Pidsley Oppenheimer (pidsley)

Minister of War (Testing and Experiments) Inventor of the SUB20 Ram Usage club. Owns 42 test boxes and lives under a mushroom cloud.

Auxiliary members of the council:


wuxmedia (State Secretary of Network Administration)

gekko (Council of Dotfiles)

dkeg (Ministry of Resources)

titan (Chairman of the Relay Chat Bureau)

Screenshot you say?


[email protected]:~$ screenfetch 
                                            [email protected]
                                            OS: LinuxBBQ 3.3 Pidsley
                                            Kernel: i686 Linux 3.10-4.towo-siduction-686
                        #####               Uptime: 2h 24m
                       #######              Packages: 1075
                       ##O#O##              Shell: bash 4.2.45
                       #######              Resolution: 1600x1200
                     ###########            WM: sithwm
                    #############           WM Theme: Not Found
                   ###############          Disk: 37G / 69G (56%)
                   ################         CPU: AMD Athlon Processor LE-1640 @ 2.7GHz
                  #################         RAM: 58MB / 1771MB
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