Live Image Based on Slackware Live

Hot Dog (Linux) on a (USB) stick

To write the image to a USB drive:

$ dd if=/path/to/file.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=1M

/path/to/file.iso is the file name of the image file.

/dev/sdX is the USB device to write the image to.

Run as root. Be careful not to write to the wrong drive.


Source Code

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The design goals of HOT DOG Linux include:

  • Graphical user interface based on retro computer systems including Windows 3.1 Hot Dog Stand, Amiga Workbench, Atari ST GEM, and Mac Classic and Aqua
  • Custom lightweight Objective-C foundation
  • Bitmapped graphics, low DPI displays
  • No Unicode support by design

HOT DOG Linux uses a custom lightweight Objective-C foundation on top of the GCC Objective-C runtime. The style of Objective-C is completely different from the one Apple uses, everything is basically id.

By design, Unicode is not supported.

Low DPI displays are preferred, since the graphics are bitmapped and fixed in size. The preferred aspect ratio for HOT DOG Linux is 5:4 in landscape, and 3:4 in portrait.

HOT DOG Linux does not use Automatic Reference Counting. It causes problems with type-checking during compilation (it is too strict).

HOT DOG Linux is an acronym that stands for Horrible Obsolete Typeface and Dreadful Onscreen Graphics for Linux.

How to compile and run

$ sh

$ perl

To run the window manager:

$ ./hotdog runWindowManager

To run the iPod style interface:

$ ./hotdog


Aqua mode uses 'compton' for window drop shadows and 'feh' to set the wallpaper.

Some of the Perl scripts use the JSON module.


Aqua Screenshot 1280x1024

Amiga Screenshot 1280x1024

Windows 3.1 Screenshot 640x480

Atari ST Screenshot 640x480

Mac Classic Screenshot 640x480

Mac Color Screenshot 640x480

Mac Platinum Screenshot 640x480

ALSA Mixer Panel

$ hw:0

HOTDOGbuntu -- Ubuntu compatibility

HOTDOG can be run on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

See the NOTES-Ubuntu file for more information.


Copyright (c) 2020 Arthur Choung. All rights reserved.

Email: arthur -at-

Released under the GNU General Public License, version 3.

For details on the license, refer to the LICENSE file.