My New Favorite Linux Distribution – MaBox Linux

A new Linux distribution that has quickly become my main OS on my home computer.

It’s been awhile since I posted anything on my website. We are, of course, still in a pandemic, but I’m in Texas and as of writing Texas is coming out of one of the worst freezes and winter storms in modern history.

This has given me plenty of time to play with my 20 year old hobby: installing Linux distributions.

Linux distributions are a dime a dozen these days. Most are based on somebody else’s distribution. Ubuntu is based on Debian. Mint is based on Ubuntu. Sabayon is based on Gentoo. Manjaro is based on Arch. So on and so on. Some are independently developed, like Gentoo, Red Hat, Arch, Debian, Slackware and so on.

Many distros specialize in certain ways, like for education, penetration testing, being as much “Windows-like” as they can for newbies, et cetera.

Imagine my surprise when I suddenly stumbled on a new distro that’s so revolutionary that I just had to make it my main distribution! It’s called Mabox Linux.

Now, Mabox is based on another distribution – Manjaro – which in turn is based on Archlinux, and it is using a desktop environment that I would never ever have considered making my main DE – Openbox. But let me tell you. Wow.

This distribution is not only wow – beautiful. It’s very functional, very customizable and in every way the perfect desktop environment for an operating system because of the special optimizations they have applied. I’ve included a screenshot of my desktop below. The only thing I’ve added is my own customized conky with the time in hours, minutes and seconds.

Customization is both easy and frustrating. For example, I recently discovered how to add items to my panel and I did add some items. Now I want to rearrange the order the items are in the panel and I can’t remember how to get back to the config file. So it’s a challenge, but wow. Look at the screen and the functionality. Not bad at all for an Openbox desktop environment.

If you’re looking for a Linux distro to satisfy you needs, this just might be the one. So download your ISO today.

Screenshot of slightly customized installation of Maboxlinux, a very good Arch/Manjaro Distro that uses a highly customized Openbox as both display manager and desktop environment.

How to Get Firefox to Play Amazon, Netflix and Hulu Vidos on Archlinux

The main reason I always install Google Chrome on any linux distro I happen to be running is that Chrome will by default play videos from Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu without a hitch, whereas Firefox will not. In fact, neither will Chromium.

This is because Google has built proprietary flash graphics inside of Chrome.

However, after listening to several podcasts about how Google is sharing our information and how tracker cookies are being placed on our machines without our knowledge or consent by Chrome, I decided to have another look at the problem of getting Firefox to play online video content from the above mentioned providers.

This tutorial is for ARCH LINUX. If you’d like a similar fix for FEDORA LINUX, then click here.

Fixing Video for Arch Linux

Here’s what I discovered: It’s an easy fix.

First of all, I recommend you to install yay, which is an alternative to yaourt. To do this simply go to the command line and type in the following:
$ git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay.git
$ cd yay
$ makepkg -si

Once yay is installed then you need to install flash as follows: yay -S flashplugin
$ sudo pacman -Syyu firefox

Next, if you haven’t already, install Firefox as follows:
$ sudo pacman -Syyu firefox

At this point, I needed to reboot and/or logout and login. I then loaded Firefox and navigated to Amazon Prime videos. Try to watch a video and it will give you an error, but you’ll notice in the upper left corner of Firefox a little message will appear that says something like “Enable DRM content?” Click yes, and from that time on you’ll be able to watch Amazon Prime videos, Netflix and Hulu all from withing Firefox.

Now you can ditch Chrome. They’re tracking you.