ToriOS : How to get involved.

Torios : How to get involved

ToriOS is a GNU/Linux Operating System built for very old computers (NON PAE) and for those who are interested and brave enough to build their own system the way they like from a fully working base with GUI and minimal installed packages by default.

Before we start the above is quoted from the ToriOS website. However ToriOS is for people of any computer ability.  ToriOS essentially comes with a basic set of tools that can be used as a base for installing the packages you want or need.

Firstly if you want to get involved you should get check out the project website at  Here you can find out more and a little about the small but dedicated team behind it.

The ToriOS project has two mailing lists, one is a general list and the other is to discuss issues around the development of the system.  List subscriptions are managed from Launchpad.

Please sign up to the main list from this page in the first instance.   The main project page can be found at

Where we need help

At present we need help with :

Testing and bug reporting (if you are unsure how to submit bug reports via launchpad we can help with this, just ask) otherwise just sending to the list and being able to describe the issue, allows others to reproduce and confirm, or perhaps you can confirm the same issue,  it is equally valuable.

Documentation.  I am the main documentation lead for the project,  and the current manual can be found here.

The manual is currently  being written with LaTeX which is a document preparation system.   I am mostly using Overleaf for this.  It would be beneficial to get the manual(s) so more than one person can contribute to this.  Perhaps take what I have so far and use HTML / CSS. (see items 2 & 3 in links below).  But as a team we need more help doing this, given by other suggestions below on support / complementary documentation.

I have suggested that we need a good documentation for

OBI ;  One button installer,  this is a separate project to create a text based installer but is the installer that is used by ToriOS.  If we can create or keep documentation for OBI updated then it really helps,  this same document can then also form part of a specific install manual for ToriOS.

JWM : JWM is the default window manager,  again good documentation for this, would help the ToriOS project too.

General ToriOS specific items, are part of the manual I am writing,  but by having separate documentation it keeps everything small and manageable.  So contributions to this are very welcome.  Forking the manual to gitbook and markdown is another way to contribute as it should be possible to keep both manuals in sync.    If you sign up to github then you can sign IN to gitbook using your github account.

Installation Manual(s): Would just cover installation

Screen shots of applications: These are more than welcome and can be used on the website,  in promotional materials and in documentation.   Screenshots of specific items such as JWM settings manager helps multiple projects tool.

Testing Manual:  This can help people new to testing,  but also allow us to identify issues so the developers can work on fixing.  Testing can involve installing on a spare computer (recommended), Install into a virtual machine or dual booting*.

Dual booting carries all the usual risks of data loss if you are not careful and requires manual partitioning and you really need to know what you are doing.

By just using the OS you are helping with the project.  by helping with documentation just by sharing how to do something you are able to help and reduce the workload for others.   For example I am trying to describe each application in the menu system,  provide information on version and perhaps a screen shot of each.  So just by looking at the way this is presented and helping fill in the blanks is really appreciated.

DEVELOPMENT:  Last but not least we need help with the actual development of the system or system components,  help to fix bugs,  write or improve components is essential.   Help ToriOS on its roadmap to version 2.0 and beyond.   Please  join the developer list (4) to discuss development with the team.

DISCUSSIONS and FEEDBACK: We are an open community, small but dedicated, so if you join the discussion you can be part of the development process, regardless of who you are, experience level etc.

We look forward to people joining the team, contributing to free software and being part of something much much bigger.

1. ToriOS Mailing list

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