Web site: sites.google.com/site/masonux/ (not active)
Desktop environment: LXDE
Based on: Ubuntu
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 9.10 beta2 | December 1, 2009
Masonux – a derivative of Ubuntu Linux using the LXDE desktop environment created using remastersys.
Masonux contains the following: Ubuntu base install, LXDE, Firefox, Pidgin, Synaptic Package Manager, ubiquity graphical installer, and remastersys.
* LXDE. LXDE is somewhat of a new kid on the block, but quickly gaining popularity. Here, and here are a few articles on LXDE written by third parties.
* Lightweight. The heaviest part of Masonux is the installer. After it is installed, that 256mb of RAM will be plenty. A fresh install of Masonux uses about 1 gb of hard drive space and 65 mb of RAM at boot.
* Great to build up from. Some people find it easier to build up to exactly what they want than to strip away bloat they don’t want. This is great for people that prefer building something to suit their needs over tearing something down to suit their needs.
* Sticks to its roots. Masonux uses unmodified Ubuntu packages and the default software repositories. Except for the desktop environment, Masonux very much is Ubuntu. Things like the Ubuntu “USB Startup Disk Creator” work flawlessly with it.
* Self-reliance. One-man distributions of GNU/Linux pop up all the time. Because I have included the entire development model in the notes to myself, you yourself can recreate exactly what I have done incredibly easily should I fall off the earth tomorrow.
* Easy Networking. The outstanding network applet included Ubuntu does not work by default with LXDE, but it does work with LXDE in Masonux. This single small modification to a single configuration file, which is well documented in the notes to myself, is the only place where I modified a default setting.
The project ended as of June 18, 2010.