It's up!! Finally. The new revised link is http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18945176/BlackCat.iso
. Download size is 688mb. The md5sum link is http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18945176/BlackCat.md5sum
Login is "root" = "root", and "guest" = "guest". Will add that the the login page some time!
So what is it, and what's in it? BlackCat Astronomy edition is a suite of dedicated software for people interested in astronomy. It has a variety of planetarium programs, a couple of CCD apps, and a comprehensive star chart, as well as image manipulation programs and telescope drivers. The browser also has links to appropriate astronomy sites, plus the home page gives an explanation of the included software, with links to the parent web sites. Some of the software is in the repos, but quite a bit isn't. Because it is quite a narrow field of interest it would probably be asking a bit much for all the apps to be packaged for PCLinuxOS. So be aware that there is no official support for this edition. However, its previous incarnations seem to have been running for a while without issues.
BlackCat is based on the latest Openbox Bonsai put out by Mélodie. It keeps the initial footprint small, it is easy to modify, and I just love the simplicity. Much thanks to Mélodie and those willing testers in coming up with a new, improved Bonsai.
List of software - the astro software is described in the browser home page.
gimp + plugins
Unfortunately wxcam is not included in the repos any more, as it doesn't seem to want to play nice on the packaging front. That leaves a gap regarding webcams, as cheese rocks in at about 120mb installed! Any suggestions would be welcome.
I have taken a leaf out of Crunchbang's book, and set keybindings around the "W" key, and have them listed in conky. For those who don't have a "W" key, there is an rc.alt file that uses "Ctrl" instead. However I forgot an alt-conkyrc to reflect this! Next time
That's probably it for now. Give it a test run and let me know how it all goes.