A small guide for setting up an Openbox Desktop based on Debian Stable

Since the release of Debian 8 (Jessie) it is very easy to set up an OpenBox OS based on Debian stable.
Most of the problems of earlier versions where solved automatically now – thank you very much my beloved Debian Development Team!
Follow my guide and create your own fliggsOS.
A fresh install takes only about 2 hours. Here we go!

Step 0: Recommendations

Use a LAN Connection:
It is A LOT easier doing this guide with a LAN Connection.
When everything is fine at the end you could go wireless.
You open the terminal in the OpenBox Menu:
Right Click anywhere on the desktop and select xTerminal

Step 1: Debian Net Install

Get your copy of the Debian Net Installer from their page: http://www.debian.org/
Copy to usb (under linux just use the dd command: dd if=debiannetinstall.iso of=/dev/sdxx) or burn the iso.
Then boot:
– if you want to make an uefi install, you have to boot the installer medium in uefi mode
– if you want to make a normal masterbootrecord install you have to boot the installer medium normal

If you want to install your system on an usb-stick for testing purposes you have to use a normal install, thats my experience

Installation is quite easy, just follow the instructions.

Some hints.

Network name:

The name of your machine in the network is the name you will later see in the terminal „fliggs@thatsthemachinname:…..“
So – make it short.


Leaving the root fields blank will disable root account and the first user is sudo.
Thats my way of doing it on my private pc at home


I always use guided, total volume and after that select the correct drive in the partition dialog, especially when installing on an usb stick.

Software selection:

As we will built our own system just select print server and standard applications, deselect all desktop environments!

Master Boot Record:

as mentioned UEFI or MBR depends on how you booted the installation media.
when installing on an usb stick, i recognised, that selecting the stick from the menu will not work
you have to enter the correct path manually: /dev/sdxx (without a number)

Some minutes or hours (how fast is your machine….) later you are ready to reboot.
Do this and you will see a blinking cursor in the console waiting for further instructions.

Step 2: Setup Script

Create the installation directory

mkdir -p ~/.fos

Download the setup script

wget -O ~/.fos/tmp1.txt https://fliggs.wordpress.com/fliggsos/fliggsos_files/fos_settings/

Extract bash script from html file

grep -Pzo "#!(?s).*#End" ~/.fos/tmp1.txt >> ~/.fos/tmp2.txt

Translate from Windows to Unix

sudo awk '{ sub("\r$", ""); print }' ~/.fos/tmp2.txt > /usr/bin/fos-setup

Translate from HTML to text

sudo sed -i 's/amp;//g' /usr/bin/fos-setup
sudo sed -i 's/"/"/g' /usr/bin/fos-setup
sudo sed -i 's/>/>/g' /usr/bin/fos-setup
sudo sed -i 's/</</g' /usr/bin/fos-setup

Make the script executable

sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/fos-setup

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