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Mangaka OS (32-bit)

Jarret B

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With the seemingly great obsession with Manga and Anime there should be a Linux distribution dedicated to the topic. Great news! There is! The Operating System (OS) is called Mangaka which is the name of the creators of Manga. This article covers only the 32-bit versions, but another article will cover the 64-bit versions.

Background

Japanese comics are called Manga while Japanese animations are called Anime. There can be a great distinction between those created in Japan and those in other countries. The details of the drawings can be stunning.
Manga and Anime are not considered a simple thing in Japan. The graphic designers are considered artists. The story-telling is a literary art form in Japan and taken very seriously.

NOTE: If you have not seen Anime before let me suggest a movie by Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli is considered a Japanese sister company to Disney. Disney has released many of Studio Ghibli's movies re-dubbed in English. A movie you may try is 'Spirited Away'; but remember it is a based off of a Japanese Fairy Tale.

Mangaka OS Versions

There are currently seven versions of Mangaka, but this article only deals with the first three which are 32-bit versions.
The first Mangaka OS is called 'One'. It is based on Ubuntu 8.10 LTS which is no longer supported. In Japanese, 'One', means 'sister'. Mangaka One is made for older PCs and has low hardware requirements.
The second Mangaka OS is called 'Chu' and is based on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS. The support for this version of Ubuntu has also expired. 'Chu' in Japanese means 'kiss'. Mangaka Chu is supposed to be mainly used for laptops, but will work on a desktop system. The hardware requirements are more demanding than Mangaka One.
The third 32-bit version of Mangaka OS is 'Moe'. 'Moe' is based on Ubuntu 10.04 and is no longer supported. The Japanese meaning of 'Moe' is 'cutie'. This Mangaka version is meant for a NetBook PC. The hardware requirements are between Mangaka One and Chu.

NOTE: To see the hardware requirements perform a search for the specific Ubuntu version listed for each Mangaka Version.

You may wonder about using these since the Ubuntu version is no longer supported. Even if you use them as a Live CD/DVD it is worth a look. The wallpapers included are amazing! You could look over the wallpapers of each and copy off the ones you like.
If the Live version looks good to you and you want to try the OS then you can install it. The main download page can be found at https://sourceforge.net/projects/linuxmangaka/files/?source=navbar.

Mangaka One Installation

Installation is easy for 'One'. To start, you need to download the ISO file from https://sourceforge.net/projects/linuxmangaka/files/One/linux-mangaka-one-final-2008.iso/download.
Once you have the ISO file you can burn it to a CD or a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Thumb Drive or USB Stick. Boot from the device you burned the image to and let the OS boot. On some of the Mangaka versions a black screen will appear and you must press 'ENTER' to continue the boot process.
Once loaded click on the Desktop icon. Once the window opens click on 'Install' in the right pane. The installation should start and give you various prompts to configure the installation as needed.
The initial prompt is to select the language. Once you have made your language selection click on the 'Forward' button.
The configuration of the Time Zone is prompted next. Make your selection and click the 'Forward' button.
Set the keyboard type to your preference and then click 'Forward'.
The next screen is to set up the disk partitions for the installation. You can select either 'Guided' or 'Manual' and configure the drive space as you need it. When done click the 'Forward' button.
It is now time to set up the user account you will use on Mangaka One. Type in your full name, user name, password and such as required. The 'Forward' button will not be enabled until all required fields are entered.
The last screen shows all of the configurations made in a list. When you verify that all are as they should be click 'Install'.
The installation may take 10 minutes or more depending on your system. Once done you will be prompted to 'Restart' or 'Continue Live CD'. Once you do restart the system, remove the CD or USB Stick and reboot.
Mangaka One is now installed and usable as shown in Figure 1. If Root privileges are needed the default password is 'one'.

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FIGURE 1

Mangaka Chu Installation


Installation is simple for 'Chu'. To start, you need to download the ISO file from http://sourceforge.net/projects/linuxmangaka/files/Chu/linux-mangaka-chu-final-2015.iso/download.
Once you have the ISO file you can burn it to a DVD or a USB Stick. Boot from the device you burned the image to and let the OS boot. On some of the Mangaka versions a black screen will appear. If the black screen appears press 'ENTER' to continue the boot process.
A menu should appear showing the first choice as starting the Live version of the OS. Select the first option and let the OS load into Random Access Memory (RAM).
Once loaded an icon one the desktop is labeled as 'Install Linux Mangaka Chu'. Double-click on the icon and the installation should start and give you various prompts to configure the installation as you need.
The initial prompt is to select the language. Once you have made your language selection click on the 'Continue' button.
The next option is for the OS to verify there is at least 15.2 GB of drive space and an Internet connection. You only need the 15.2 GB of drive space. Once it is detected you can click on the 'Continue' button.
You are now presented with the option to set up the drive for the installation. Make your choice as needed and click 'Install Now'.
The next step is to verify the changes will be written to disk and you must click 'Continue' to accept the changes to the drives you configured.
Set your Time Zone and click 'Continue'.
Choose your keyboard layout and click 'Continue'.
The installation may take some time to complete depending on your system. Once done you will be prompted to 'Continue Testing' or 'Restart Now'. Once you do restart the system remove the CD or USB Stick and reboot.
Mangaka Chu is now installed and ready to use as shown in Figure 2. Any time you need to use the Root password it is 'chu'.

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FIGURE 2


Mangaka Moe Installation

Installation is easy for 'One'. To start, you need to download the ISO file from http://downloads.sourceforge.net/pr...a/files/Moe/&ts=1435253351&use_mirror=skylink.
Once you have the ISO file you can burn it to a DVD or a USB Thumb Drive. Boot from the device you burned the image to and let the OS boot. When a prompt appears for 'boot:' you must press 'ENTER' to continue the boot process.
At the menu select the option to start the Live DVD.
You will be prompted with two possible user names to login to the OS. Select 'Admin' and type the password 'mangaka'.
Once the desktop is displayed click on the icon for 'Install RELEASE' to install the OS to the hard drive.
The initial option you must set is the Language. Once selected click on 'Forward'.
Next, you need to select your Time Zone the click 'Forward'.
You will then be prompted to select your keyboard layout. Once done click on 'Forward'.
Set your space usage on how the drives will be configured and then click 'Forward'.
Now you will be required to set up a user account for the OS. Once all fields are completed you can select 'Forward' to continue.
Finally, you will need to verify all of the settings you made. Once you are satisfied with the configurations select 'Install'.
Wait for the installation to complete and you will be back at the desktop for the Live OS. You will then be prompted to 'Continue Testing' or 'Restart Now'. Make your choice, but when you do restart the system remove the DVD or USB Stick and reboot.
Mangaka Moe is now installed as shown in Figure 3. If the Root password is needed for any reason it is 'mangaka'.

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FIGURE 3

NOTE: The installed version looks exactly like the Live OS and even has the icon on the desktop to install the OS. The 'Install RELEASE' icon can be deleted when the OS is installed on a hard drive.

Applications


The Mangaka OS versions come with applications to read manga and watch anime. Another program, 'Aegisub', can be used to add and modify subtitles on videos – especially anime. Each version has different applications tailored for the manga/anime fan, but the overall OS has everything most users generally need.
Even if you aren't a fan or know about manga or anime give the OS a try and see what you think. Doumoarigatou (Thank you)! Sayounara (Good Bye)!
 
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