1. Operating SystemThe choice was ovbious for me : GNU/Linux, what else ?! I've choosed to go for a Gentoo distribution, letting me install only what I need and customize everything from the boot to shutdown process more easily than with another binary based distribution.
2. X11 windows managerLike for the distribution, there are plenty of choice... I've choosed the good old FVWM. My choice was guided by the fact that I don't need a full desktop with unuseful bling-bling everywhere on the screen but with a fast to start and easy to configure environment.
3. Booting using frame bufferThe boot process uses the frame buffer environment to display a nice background picture and a graphical progress bar instead of the ugly text only booting phase.
More to come later, with all the setup details...