So first up is the addition of two new Desktop Environments in the installer! Well… sort of. When I first started Reborn OS, I had wanted to include Pantheon as an installable option due to its beautiful layout and sleek look (Elementary OS‘s Desktop Environment). Unfortunately, true Pantheon proved exceedingly unstable and pretty much impossible to install and run on Arch Linux. Due to this, it has not been included in our installer – until now. With this new release, we finally found a way to offer the Pantheon desktop for everyone! Instead of using pure Pantheon, we heavily customized the Cinnamon desktop to look, act, and behave exactly like Pantheon does. Finally, you can now experience Pantheon on Reborn in a stable, reliable manner complete with the Elementary OS themes, dock, and even wallpaper background! Even the menu itself is Pantheon’s menu (called Slingshot) fully integrated into your experience on Reborn OS.
But not only are we now offering a clone of Pantheon, we now offer a special choice in our installer for Linux newbies from Windows. We all know how it felt at one time when we were first new to Linux. It was overwhelming, new, and a little bit scary. As such, we now offer an option called “Windows Interface” in our Desktop Environment option. In order to further ease their transition into the wonderful world of Linux and make sure they decide to stay, we have heavily customized the desktop known best for being a desktop for Windows escapees – Cinnamon DE. After messing around in its settings, we now allow you to receive a Cinnamon desktop preconfigured to look just like Windows! It even comes with a global search bar included, nicknamed Albert – which not only finds programs and files quicker than Cortana ever did, but can even search online using your favorite web browser and your preferrred search engine – all available by default. While the menu is sadly not Windows 7 style by default at the moment, it will hopefully be so in the future. Originally, we at Reborn had planned to make use of the Cinnamon applet called CinnVIIStarkMenu to complete the Windows feel with that Windows 7 style menu shown in the screenshot, but sadly that applet is pretty much broken for now after a recent release of the cinnamon package in Arch. However, we eagerly await for the time when it will be usable again, at which point we will surely jump on the opportunity to add it to this heavily customized desktop. Further down the road, we hope that this new option will successfully entice numerous Windows users to give Linux a try – and stay.
But that’s not all that’s new! Starting with this new release, we can finally say that Cnchi has been fully Rebornified. While it used to contain several Antergos screenshots in the Desktop Selection Screen, it now displays updated, accurate pictures of Reborn installs. In addition, Cnchi no longer displays the Antergos logo in the taskbar when opened. Thanks to the tireless work by Palanthis, Cnchi now displays the Reborn logo instead! From here on out, our installer is truly our own.
Lastly, an issue with a certain startup script has finally been resolved. Since our last release, many users have noticed that the previous ISO sometimes failed to execute a startup script called internet.sh. Now, in this new ISO, that is no longer an issue. Since we were unable to figure out exactly what was causing this script to not start up properly sometimes, we took a different route. Instead, we embedded the command in several other startup scripts – forcing this troublesome script to eventually be run, one way or another.
And as a closing note to all previous Reborn users who have run into a bug with Cnchi that throws Error 0 reports at you upon install due to a new Python release last week, we are pleased to announce that this release has that fixed! You can actually install Reborn without any work-arounds, all while sipping a cup of your favorite coffee!
So enjoy, and God bless.
-The Reborn OS Team