BlankOn is a desktop distribution based on Debian, and comes to use courtesy of some enterprising folks from Indonesia. It uses a highly-modified GNOME 3 desktop environment built with an HTML 5 and CSS 3 custom desktop shell called Manokwari.

Because I am not particularly fond of the GNOME 3 desktop in its default state, I am always on the lookout for a distribution that takes it and makes it a lot more user-friendly. Linux Deepin is one that I like very much, but choice is good, and so I decided to download BlankOn 8, the latest edition of BlankOn, to see what it has to offer.

Overall, I think it is a good effort, but there are still some rough edges that should not be too difficult to fix. So while I am still working on a review, here are a few screen shots from a test installation just so you could see what the distribution brings to the table.

Related Post:  BlankOn 9.0 review

This is the default desktop. Not sure what “67” means to the distribution or the developers, but whatever it means, that wallpaper does not look right. By the way, Dirgahayu kemerdekaan is Indonesian for Long live freedom or something like that.
BlankOn 8 Desktop

Now, this one looks better. Changing it, as always, involves just a few mouse clicks.
BlankOn 8 Date

The desktop features a traditional menu. No Activities view or a Hot Corner here.
BlankOn 8 Menu

Each menu category acts like an accordion panel. Clicking on it slides it open to reveal its application entries.
BlankOn 8 Menu

Right-clicking on an application reveals a one-entry context menu.
Blank Desktop

It comes with several components of LibreOffice suite installed.
BlankOn 8 Menu

Related Post:  BlankOn 9.0 review

And a decent collection of multimedia applications.
BlankDesktop4

Offers easy access to your home directory.
BlankDesktop5

Clicking on the user’s icon in the bottom of the menu’s panel opens the user account manager.
BlankDesktop6

Pacman is the only game installed out of the box.
BlankDesktop7

BlankOn-Tweak is a simple application designed for messing with the configuration, although it is not installed by default. That could be because it is still buggy. Crashed on me once when I tried to mess with something.
Blank Tweak Tool

Once it is stable enough, it should provide a single and simple application to configure different aspects of the system.
BlankOn 8 Tweak

Want to take BlankOn 8 for a spin yourself? Download an installation image for your platform here. You may also visit the distribution’s home page (in Indonesian only).

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Related posts

Hola! Did you notice that LinuxBSDos.com no longer run network ads?  Yep, no more ads from the usual suspects that track and annoy you across the Internet. But since I still need to pay to keep the site running, feel free to make a small donation by PayPal or your favorite cryptocurrency.

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Xrp
  • Bitcoin cash
  • Bitcoin sv
  • Litecoin
  • Binance coin
  • Cardano
  • Ethereum classic
Scan to Donate Bitcoin to bc1qzvlte2m224zkayhdc7fdfjkp2rsgt0l5a496ua

Donate Bitcoin to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin

Scan to Donate Ethereum to 0x0F4362DFF77F3Ba0Dc637F5f3Eba35D09a2fA60C

Donate Ethereum to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum

Scan to Donate Xrp to r4ggjvL36njsMCYTkJ3S7cTHscPsMsSGQv

Donate Xrp to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Xrp

Scan to Donate Bitcoin cash to qrs0dedzp9t55af3nfwypydghp29r0xguy9s20fz2k

Donate Bitcoin cash to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin cash

Scan to Donate Bitcoin sv to 15K9TLyVDBtLuG9cYvXCX9SSkq9C9oUKHK

Donate Bitcoin sv to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin sv

Scan to Donate Litecoin to LetJ9QQMb7u2LMZ9Tu6rtHwcBcQFW98fbG

Donate Litecoin to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Litecoin

Scan to Donate Binance coin to bnb1ga8trq08ssqepd90v6225nzfgy448pu5pw8gxp

Donate Binance coin to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Binance coin

Scan to Donate Cardano to addr1qx2354yw49etstfljpdhwja3ajjlt487lg95vu9ngy2q6vu4rf2ga2tjhqknlyzmwa9mrm997h20a7stgectxsg5p5esq5l7d9

Donate Cardano to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Cardano

Scan to Donate Ethereum classic to 0xcD6CC972a2297FcafACDcfE042C55C69516a9264

Donate Ethereum classic to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum classic

Subscribe for updates. Trust me, no spam!

Sponsored links

1. Attend Algorithm Conference, a top AI and ML event.
2. Reasons to use control panel for your server.
3. DHgate Computers Electronics, Cell Phones & more.

Upcoming events

19 Responses

  1. Dirgahayu Kemerdekaan means Indonesia Independence days. We announce our freedom first time at August, 7th 1945 it’s means its already 67 years for freedom.

    thank u for previewing our distro

  2. Hello, very Debian distro indeed. Pls advise, during installation is there a choice where to install Grub, the same as in Ubuntu?

  3. hello, I try to install it after working on the live but every time I try it was crush…. so I think it need more work to be more flxable

  4. yes, after installing there’s logout – login needed … I wonder why. still diggin’ a little deeper into this releases … and there are quite a few rough edges that might be due to different user needs in Indonesia.

  5. Not only contain bahasa Indonesia, but also has vernacular for some ethnic in Indonesia. So, you can write traditional script for Javanese, Sundanese, Balinese, Batak Toba, Bugis, and Rejang with input method.

    Thanks for this review.

  6. I’m really digging this one so far. Love the quickness of everything and I love the accordion menu.
    I too had trouble looking at the default wallpaper – so bright and in your face!
    Got 1 update that won’t install and that really, really annoys me. It’s a little thing but enough to make me move on to another distro if the problem can’t be resolved.

  7. the “67” on the default wallpaper refers to the fact that the release date 17th of August at the same time is the 67th Indonesian Independance Day. it seems the BlankOn team tries to get their releases out especially on this day, like they did last year with BlankOn 7.0. Waiting for the review, so far I have seen the 8.0 release it’s better than 7.O but still not finished, a little buggy and on 1st sight some things are not self-explaining but an effort to be appreciated, I’ll keep my installation to dig a little deeper …

    1. Thanks for the input.

      Have you noticed that after installing an application, that you will have to logout and log back in before it appears in the menu?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest

On social media
Via my newsletter

Partner links

1. Attend Algorithm Conference, a top AI and ML event for 2021.
2. Reasons to use control panel for your server.
3. DHgate Computers Electronics, Cell Phones & more.
Hacking, pentesting distributions

Linux Distributions for Hacking

Experts use these Linux distributions for hacking, digital forensics, and pentesting.

Categories
Archives

The authors of these books are confirmed to speak during

Algorithm Conference

T-minus AI

Author was the first chairperson of AI for the U.S. Air Force.

The case for killer robots

Author is the Director of the Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence.

Why greatness cannot be planned

Author works on AI safety as a Senior Research Scientist at Uber AI Labs.