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Open Source Designers Workstation

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Hackweek VI


The aim of this project is to make an appliance with suse studio that caters to the majority needs of visual creative designers. it will look fantastic, contain only what is needed for most design tasks and be ready to use instantly for a wide variety of design workflows.
The project requires the following

  • Building some packages (marked with * )
  • Setting up overlay files
  • Documentation and walkthroughs
  • Testing
  • Website + artwork

Appliance Summary:


Optional Software

  • Sparkleshare
  • Git, bzr, mecurial, svn
  • Boab

Non-foss software:

Skype, opera, adobe reader (evince should still have pdf viewer association through nautilus) Resources:

  • Palettes
  • Brushes
  • Templates
  • Fonts + google fonts + more
  • svg clipart


  • Plugins
  • Theme
  • Shortcuts
  • Good defaults


  • Introduction
  • Screencast walkthrough
  • Tutorials

User benefit:

Many designers are unaware that open source tools can best meet their workflow needs as an integrated solution.

Setting up a workstation and then configuring things is already hard enough for the initiated and impossibly time consuming for the curious.

We need a designer friendly open source workstation with sane defaults and a useful setup


Desktop Publishing:

Bill needs to make a billboard for an upcoming conference.

He has a high quality DSLR camera to capture images. His photos will require quick sight-editing at time of download and possibly more advanced editing later.

Bill will have to make and edit various illustrations in a vector format with colors based on a commonly used palette.

Bill wants to use new typography from an easy to mange font library.
He may also need to manually edit his chosen fonts for the job.

Bill will then need to create an advanced PDF with custom print and cutting instructions for the billboard. He will manually specify spot colors for his printer to add to the final print run.

Bill needs to share his experiences, chat to his stakeholders and friends via, aol,msn,yahoo etc bill would like to record a screencast of the whole process which he will edit and put online.

Bill wants to do all of this for free

Bill is a top bloke


icons/user_comment.png A. F. wrote: (7 years ago)

I have all the custom config & themes done.

software building and testing are the most important missing pieces

icons/user_comment.png A. F. wrote: (7 years ago)
icons/user_comment.png J. P. wrote: (7 years ago)

Pretty cool. Imho this is something we might present in a news.opensuse.org article?!?

What I do miss is Krita (krita.org) - in case Bill would like to paint using his tablet. And surely Digikam for photo handling, it's darn powerful, duplicates some functionality with Darktable but has a lot more.

Last change: 7 years ago
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