Ok, I have decided to start a new thread here, in hopes that I may attract the attention of Clem and Co.
I am making a Mint LXDE (CE), this is now official.
I am going to use this thread to keep ppl updated on my progress, and how things are coming along, and will just upate this post every time i have a news, so consider this the first update.
I am coming along pretty well on LXDE. I just have to figure out a way to contact Clem to ask him if I can have the team test it, (if this become part of the Mint CE family). I almost have an alpha iso ready for the testing team if it gets the green light, the Mint tools are installed, and functioning, and i have created some custom menus and menu entries. I have used the mintConfig-fluxbox, as it is the best suited for the configuration at the moment. 2 items that have been left out, mintDesktop, because it is used to configure Nautilus, and LXDE uses PCManFM as the file manager, and mintMenu, as I have not yet figured out a way to add a python menu to the LXPanel. I have installed the newest LXPanel. I am using slim as the default login manager, and made a custom Mint theme for it, and have the gfxboot, and usersplashes installed and working. I made a custom gtk theme for it, and i have installed the needed tools to customize to look. XCompmanger is installed by default, but not enabled by default. It uses standard x-chat in place of x-chat-gnome, and firefox as the web browser. The mint artwork is installed, and used as default. I am currently looking at a few different media players, as I would like to use something that is easy to use, looks good, and lightweight at the same time, right now I am experimenting with exaile for music, and VLC for video.
Well, i had a serious setback today, my computer completely crashed, i was doing some work around my house, and came a little too close to my computer with the vacuum, and poof, no more system, so it's back to the begining, luckily I now know where, and how to install everything, so I should be able to get back to where i was pretty quickly. I may change the base that I build off of, and use Mint FluxBox and build off of that, as I am using many of the same tools that shane is, but I have not decided if that is the way I am going to go. But I am going to go get back to work now, hopefully this time I can keep the vacuum away.
Well, I have made the first rough iso, and am actually writing this post from it. I have gotten the iso size down to 564 megs. The MintTools are installed, and working. Firefox homepage, and bookmarks, are using the Mint setup, and the custom menu entries are working properly. Default apps include, PCManFM for file browsing, BlueFish for code editing, leafpad for text editing, Firefox 3 for web browsing, X-Chat for irc, Wicd for the network manager, GPicViewer for image previews, LXArchive for file compression, and extraction, windows wireless driver installer, and all media codecs. There is still some work to be done, but I think I am getting close.
Ok, I have discovered that MPlayer does not play video files correctly in LXDE, so I need to change the video player to VLC, or figure out a way to overcome the dependency issues, and I need to get the installer working a little bit smoother, as it currently hangs when installing grub, not all the time, but on a couple of test installs it did, so I have to figure why that happened and correct it. Also I have changed the audio player from Exaile to Rhythmbox, as Rhythmbox uses less dependencies, and is more compatible with MP3 players such as iPod, (the plugins for iPod are built into Rhythmbox) I have also made a new OpenBox theme for the window decorations, and a custom GTK theme for the windows, (LXDE uses GTK themes for the basic widows styles).
Ok, I have sent a very early, and very rough iso to Clem to take a look at, and see what he think, and says. I am still having the issues with the installer not installing Grub correctly, but the installer itself is working fine for installing the iso. I have solved the video player issues. Some default apps have been changed, MPlayer is no longer part of the iso, I have replaced it with Totem, and that has fixed the video, Rhythmbox is still he default audio player, and I have installed XFTerminal as the default terminal, as it is more full featured.
Ok, I have posted a poll to see if there is enough interest in having a Mint LXDE CE, and have posted some screenshots there for people to see what LXDE looks like, so I decided to post them here so you can all see the progress I am making.
This is the what the menu looks like, with the custom menu entries
This is what the file browser looks like
And this is what the desktop looks like with XCompmgr running.
To see a larger picture of any of these pics, just click on them.
I will be posting more as work continues and progress is made, so check back often.