Thursday, 26 June 2014

First Live CD released: DebianXbluebuntu

If any of you have read my About page, you will know that I originally intended this project to be a theming project where I will share my experience with the wider community via tutorials. I hadn't intended or expected to be releasing any 'images'.

But then I thought, if I am going to go to all the trouble of starting with a Debian net install and creating a themed Linux desktop from scratch and then I might as well share the results with the world.

So here I am announcing the first release from the project code-named THEME-IX, download link below:

DebianXbluebuntu 14-06 Beta3 <-- Download now!

It's my 'port' of Xubuntu 14.04 to Debian (Testing/Jessie). It is a fully functional LiveCD that can be installed thanks to the efforts of the guys at Refracta. I have set up a Sourceforge page which will handle hosting and contains extra info such as a full packages list and a support forum.

Here's some information you might need to get going:

Live username = user 
Live user password = user 
Live root password = root

DebianXbluebuntu-14-06-beta3.iso = 650,278 KB
MD5 = c0d9142e1fde334f9cd37be6c0fb353a

It's my first public beta and I appears stable on my hardware, in fact it flies. It is almost an exact replica of Xubuntu with the exception of a slight nod towards a couple of lighter-weight applications. Here's the full list:

Base: Debian Testing (Jessie)

Desktop: XFCE 4.10

Theme: Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (Greybird GTK + Elementary XFCE icon set)

Desktop Applications:

  • Firefox web browser with Adobe Flashplayer
  • Sylpheed emai client
  • Ted word processor (like MS WordPad)
  • Gnome paint (MS Paint clone)
  • Transmission bittorrent client
  • Gmusicbrowser for playing tunes
  • Parole for playing movies
  • Printing support
  • GADMIN - Samba configuration manager
  • Xfburn CD/DVD burning application
  • Wicd network including wireless support
  • Various accessories including calculator, notes, archiver, file search, dictionary, pdf viewer
  • XFCE Settings manager
  • Lightdm & lightlocker control logging in, switching users and screen locking
  • Synaptic package manager
  • Refracta tools: installer, snapshot and liveUSB creator

Average memory usage when idle = 160-200MB
Hard disk space required = 4GB+
Recommended RAM = 512MB+ (should run in 256MB)
Processor = i686 with pae


  1. Downloading, will try as I followed your tutorials and managed a virtualbox install to try. I failed to make a Live Cd. If I could alter yours and add a couple of changes to the applications and maybe Faenza Cupertino icons. Even finding Lubuntu 14.04 is slower than previous releases. Solydx is OK on old basic Desktop, Crunchbang on netbook. Best Wishes, Roger.

  2. Hi Roger, thanks for downloading. I hope it works out for you. Let me know how you get on. The Faenza icon set is nice - it might make it's way into a future release!

  3. Great work!! I tried and it works great, but it is based on Debian i386. Can you create a version for amd64 architecture ? That will be great.

    1. Hi, thanks for trying it and I'm gad you like it. I am am bit tied up with my other project, Chromixium to create a 64 bit version. You could try yourself by following the guide that I produced..?