Created: 2017-08-02 13:15
Updated: 2019-02-04 02:08
License: gpl-3.0


The current versions are based on the instructions at

gnustep-language/ This should be in SystemPreferences (the languages part)

Debian Menu system (thanks to the


/etc/skel is used for the me user to preconfigure the GNUstep applications, some tools, and Window Maker

Symlinks (thanks to the

  • /bin/open is removed, see
  • /usr/bin/open a symlink to /usr/bin/gopen (also do that for the manual page)
  • /Applications to /usr/lib/GNUstep/Applications/
  • /Users to /home/
  • /Volumes to /mnt

/etc/init.d/autoexec.bat run via /etc/rc2.d/S02autoexec.bat

# set the background color to a dark blue
echo "\033]P0015284"
# set the gray font color to light blue
echo "\033]P7ffffff"
# set no password for root
sed -i s,^root:.*,root::12522:0:99999:7:::, /etc/shadow
sed -i s,output=/usr/lib/GNUstep/System/Library/Fonts/,output=/etc/skel/GNUstep/Library/Fonts/,g /usr/bin/update-nfonts
# create a user called "me"
useradd me -d /home/me -m -s /bin/zsh
#chsh -s /bin/zsh me
adduser me tty
adduser me audio
chmod 0660 /dev/tty*
update-rc.d -f ssh remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f wdm remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f cron remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f knot remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f xrdp remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f klogd remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f samba remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f cupsys remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f motion remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f apache2 remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f hddtemp remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f portmap remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f sysklogd remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f tftpd-hpa remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f nfs-common remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f dhcp3-server remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f smartmontools remove > /dev/null
update-rc.d -f nfs-kernel-server remove > /dev/null
#echo "Please wait while the fonts are prepared..."
#/bin/su -s /bin/zsh -c "/usr/bin/update-nfonts > /dev/null" - me


Set a random background image

  • sed -i "s,/usr/share/WindowMaker/Backgrounds/debian.tiff,ls ~/Backgrounds/water* | shuf -n1,g" /home/me/GNUstep/Defaults/WindowMaker

Set a random nickname for the TalkSoup IRC client, if started, autoconnect to and autojoin #gnustep

  • sed -i "s,Nick = FIXME,Nick = shuf -n1 /home/me/.nicknames,g" /home/me/GNUstep/Library/ApplicationSupport/TalkSoup/ServerList.plist

Set display gamma at least to 1.6 (PC screens are too dark)

  • xgamma -gamma 1.6

Run the window manager

  • exec wmaker

Debian Packages

Since Debian Stretch (9) does not have the following software, we add them manually:

  • chess.app_2.8-1_amd64.deb, see
  • fontmanager.app_0.1-1_amd64.deb
  • fonts-blankenburg_0.1-1_all.deb
  • fonts-leaguespartan_0.1-1_all.deb
  • mrboom_3.3-1_amd64.deb
  • protracker_2.3d.r10-1_amd64.deb
  • textedit.app_5.0-1_amd64.deb (NOT YET)
  • zram-config_0.5_all.deb
  • (NOT YET), see
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