Distrubution Ideas

Discussion topics, Linux related - not requests for help

Moderators: ChrisThornett, LXF moderators

Distrubution Ideas

Postby RoosterMan » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:36 pm

So, I've been interested in possibly making my own distro project. Yes, I know there are too many, but there are still areas where I see large gaps. I will list a few of my ideas, and I'd like to hear some of your own input or ideas.

Libre Beginners Arch: (Parabola + Deployability = Paratrooper)
It seems that currently there is not one fully libre and fully modern distro. This would essentially be based on Parabola, a libre version of arch, but instead of initially booting into a command line or desktop environment the graphical installer would provide an easy method of choosing desktop environment, included applications, and whatever else is needed.

Alternative mobile phone OS: (PocketHack)
What annoys me most about Android, iOS, or Windows phone is purely who they are made by. And now Meego and Maemo have been canceled. Why not just get a cheap Chinese smart phone and build a legitimately good and customizable OS? Far too simple.

Heavy Ram-based distro: (Puppy linux for big computers = Bernard Linux)
There are many computers with 4-6GB of ram. Why not create a full featured distro that is as lightning fast as Puppy Linux? (If you haven't tried it, just try the liveCD from the last LXF.)

What are your ideas? (And maybe some input on mine)
User avatar
RoosterMan
 
Posts: 14
Joined: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:38 am
Location: California

Postby RoosterMan » Sun May 06, 2012 6:11 am

Humorously late bump
User avatar
RoosterMan
 
Posts: 14
Joined: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:38 am
Location: California

Re: Distrubution Ideas

Postby guy » Sun May 06, 2012 12:17 pm

RoosterMan wrote:Libre Beginners Arch: (Parabola + Deployability = Paratrooper)
It seems that currently there is not one fully libre and fully modern distro. This would essentially be based on Parabola, a libre version of arch, but instead of initially booting into a command line or desktop environment the graphical installer would provide an easy method of choosing desktop environment, included applications, and whatever else is needed.

Perhaps you could help make the Arch/Parabola installer more developer-friendly in this respect.

Alternative mobile phone OS: (PocketHack)
What annoys me most about Android, iOS, or Windows phone is purely who they are made by. And now Meego and Maemo have been canceled. Why not just get a cheap Chinese smart phone and build a legitimately good and customizable OS? Far too simple.

There are other smartphone distros out there. I'm sure one of them could do with a hand.

Heavy Ram-based distro: (Puppy linux for big computers = Bernard Linux)
There are many computers with 4-6GB of ram. Why not create a full featured distro that is as lightning fast as Puppy Linux? (If you haven't tried it, just try the liveCD from the last LXF.)

Full-featured + lightning-fast = ridiculously large amount of effort. I can't think of a distro that would reject help in this direction.

Personally I would like to improve the user experience for debian/gnome, maybe by backporting cinnamon or improving the printer driver install experience.

I can see no value in creating a new distro unless I belonged to a specialist community with customisation needs beyond any existing distro.
Maybe that's just your own name at the top of the credits ;)
Or how about one optimised for use of Raspberry Pi in (teaching) microcontrol and programming? I could enjoy getting into that.
Cheers,
Guy
The eternal help vampire
User avatar
guy
LXF regular
 
Posts: 1078
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:07 pm
Location: Worcestershire

Re: Distrubution Ideas

Postby Rhakios » Sun May 06, 2012 1:31 pm

RoosterMan wrote:Alternative mobile phone OS: (PocketHack)
What annoys me most about Android, iOS, or Windows phone is purely who they are made by. And now Meego and Maemo have been canceled. Why not just get a cheap Chinese smart phone and build a legitimately good and customizable OS? Far too simple.


Do I recall that there is actually a problem with this idea? Something to do with the fact that the radio part of the OS can't be fully hackable? Back in the days of the Openmoko project, there was something about this...
Bye, Rhakios
User avatar
Rhakios
Moderator
 
Posts: 7634
Joined: Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:18 pm
Location: Midlands, UK

Re: Distrubution Ideas

Postby guy » Sun May 06, 2012 1:59 pm

Rhakios wrote:
RoosterMan wrote:Alternative mobile phone OS: (PocketHack)
What annoys me most about Android, iOS, or Windows phone is purely who they are made by. And now Meego and Maemo have been canceled. Why not just get a cheap Chinese smart phone and build a legitimately good and customizable OS? Far too simple.


Do I recall that there is actually a problem with this idea? Something to do with the fact that the radio part of the OS can't be fully hackable? Back in the days of the Openmoko project, there was something about this...


Should be possible to implement the radio/telephony interface driver as a proprietary blob - just like most Linux hardware drivers :(

In fact I can't think how else the existing phone distros can have got round the licensing issues.

Of course, if the Oracle-Google case spins out that APIs are copyrightable then the whole industry will be in deep cacky-poo :roll:
Cheers,
Guy
The eternal help vampire
User avatar
guy
LXF regular
 
Posts: 1078
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:07 pm
Location: Worcestershire

Postby Rhakios » Sun May 06, 2012 5:03 pm

Well, I looked it up, it actually had something to do with the open hardware aspect of it, though it would need the software to make it work.
Bye, Rhakios
User avatar
Rhakios
Moderator
 
Posts: 7634
Joined: Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:18 pm
Location: Midlands, UK


Return to Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 0 guests