Quetzal: A Live OpenBSD System
The word Quetzal is intertwined with roots of
ancient Mexican and Central
American civilizations. In Náhuatl Quetzalli
means a "rich green
feather". Quetzal is a beautiful and extraordinary bird, with green
and red feathers.
The male has long green tail coverts, and the female is more "elliptic".
A fundamental god of ancient
Mexican and Central American cultures is Quetzalcoatl a creature
unifying the bird and Serpent (Coatl). A quantum superposition of
Heaven and Earth...
Here we shall deal with another Quetzal-a live DVD/CD system,
based on OpenBSD. The system
contains a full OpenBSD installation, and a collection of
selected applications. Our window manager of choice is
Its geometrical simplicity, modularity, performance, stability and
internal architecture, match nicely with the philosophy of OpenBSD
and UNIX in general.
Operating system level is 3.9-RELEASE.
- Symbolic Mathematics Package Maxima + wxMaxima Frontend;
- GNU Image Manipulation Program-GIMP + Full Help/Docs;
- Scripting Language and Graphical Toolkit TCL/TK;
- Object Oriented Scripting Language Python;
- Graphical Toolkit wxWidgets + wxPython;
- Common Unix Printing System-CUPS;
- Internet Messaging System Gaim;
- Complete TeX distribution;
- Text Editor SciTE;
- Remote Desktop;
- PDF Viewer Xpdf;
- File Manager Rox;
- OpenOffice.org Suite;
- Thunderbird Mail Client;
- Firefox Internet Navigator;
- Audio Player XMMS + MP3 Plugin;
- GhostScript & GV Postscript Viewer;
- Dockable Clock, Moon Clock & Audio Mixer.
A user manual for Quetzal is available at the download section of Micho's
[quetzal.pdf]. Among other things, it explains how to install
Quetzal locally (on the computer hard disk) and how to set up a
simple remote-booting environment via DHCP/PXE. The same article can be
found at "/quetzal" subdirectory of the DVD.
There is an extended version of Quetzal, featuring XFCE4.4 Beta2 with
its new Thunar filemanager and icons-on-desktop
(see screenshots 7 and 8 below). To initiate XFCE start X with
These are high-resolution 1152x864 screenshots, each image is about 300-400K.
The compressed DVD image "weights" about 500MB. The uncompressed
image file is about 1.6GB. At the moment, only a DVD version is available.
The root password is set to "quetzal".
bzip2 compressed ISO image
extended version with XFCE4.4 beta2
Please, consider downloading during night hours (Mexico City time), in
order to minimalize the impact on the Institute of Mathematics
Stockholm University (ftp & rsync):
Besides bzip2 compressed images, the mirror site provides ultra-compressed rzip-ed versions, too.
I am indebted to Mexican Council for Cience and Technology (CONACYT)
for partially sponsoring this project.
The mirror hosting space and bandwidth are provided by Stockholm
University in particular many thanks to Janne Johansson for kindly setting up this mirror.
The Quetzal distribution includes selected original works by the following
I am very grateful to these authors, for kindly allowing to
incorporate their artwork into Quetzal. See "/quetzal/ARTWORK"
for a more detailed information, complete artwork listings, and
- Barbara Kämper: http://www.barbarakaemper.de (a collection of themes and
iconsets, in particular theme/wallpaper at screenshot 5 and 7, and iconsets at
screenshots 5, 6 and 7).
- Brad Cover: http://americanpsycho.deviantart.com (a collection of
background images, in particular wallpapers at screenshots 1, 2 and 6).
- Stanko Kostić: http://www.skostic.com (a collection of photographs, in particular
wallpapers at screenshots 3, 4 and 8).