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Old 21. Aug 2013, 03:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I love Linux and I don't care if it was created in a basement or its created by hundreds computer engineers with unlimited resources. Good is good right? There have been a number of distros that I have tried that were just plain good. Some of those were developed by small groups of enthusiasts who created a distro that reflects what they found best in Linux. Then their are distros created by large groups with lots of resources that were plain awfull. Honestly I just want a distro to work and to be intuitive. I have seen some very beautiful desktops that failed to be reliable enough for everyday use. I have seen distros that could change from Gnome2 to Gnome3 to Cinnamon to Mate to Unity and still couldn't run Libre office without crashing. Mint has been named the No. 1 Distro by many who make a living by reviewing Linux. I have to agree Mint Mate (in my case) is wonderful. Its easy on the eyes and also does its job.

Sadly I think the Alpha personality in the conference room has shaped some of the worst operating systems ever. Once they create the monstrosity they insist it will catch on while relying on its base of followers who will except the monster because they are being told its good.

In the end I'm learning that its relatively easy to develop a Linux Distro but its much harder to keep it relevant. Its also hard for developers to admit that their creation should be allowed to meet a peaceful end. Above all I hope Linux will remain free which will enhance the creative juices that will surely produce some really amazing stuff.
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Each to their own I know, but I really wonder about the true usability factor of some long established and well known distros for the average user or new Windows migrants. On this basis, what possible use therefore is there for Fedora unless you use a remix like Korora? IMO the best of these is still enjoying a lingering death and yet in usage terms it was light years ahead of the parent distro.

http://fusionlinux.org/2013/05/07/fu.../#comment-1809

Fuduntu is another one that is already gone.

The problem is that for every great spin/remix there are a slew of also rans which only serve to confuse folks and muddy the waters. Consequently, a lot of these are likely to get overlooked = poor support = low incentive for the developer = loss of interest in the project = bye-bye world.
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Old 22. Aug 2013, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In the end I'm learning that its relatively easy to develop a Linux Distro but its much harder to keep it relevant.
Yes, it's easy to develop a Linux distro. All you need is to be a geek, have an IQ over 50, and have hundreds of hours of spare time. But, to make a good Linux distro is hard, and so only a small percent of distros are good.
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But, to make a good Linux distro is hard, and so only a small percent of distros are good.
Have you ever created a Linux distro? If you have, then you are more qualified to make this statement than I. What I base my "opinion" on is the vast number of distros I have tried, either by installing them on my spare partition or running them on virtualBox. In my quest for the Holy Grail, the perfect Linux operating system I have found some very good distros developed by relatively small groups of individuals with limited resources. Bodhi Linux is one of them, admittedly I was critical of it when it first came out but then thought of it as a revolutionary Linux platform employing the enlightenment desktop. My one criticism was that it was not suitable for a beginner however they have made great strides to make it newbie friendly. Solus OS is another example of a good distro that was created with limited resources but the main guy had deep roots with Debian. (I believe) My point is that these distros seem to be dying on the vine due to limited resources.

I have tried a number of distro's that closely resembled those of the same basic genre. I suspect Remastersys may have allot to do with this. Please read this tutorial by Dedoimedo Remastersys - Create custom Ubuntu (live) CD - Tutorial

At the end of the day, I'm not bothered by the so called fly by night distros nor do I mind trying the giants of the Linux world only to find that its awful. I like doing this as a hobby so I can then give my opinion afterwards, for better or worse
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(I really doubt new distributions are able to add anything new.)

I tend to agree, in fact I wish some of 'em would revert to what was "old" but worked fine and looked great.

This one promises to be different but it's taking soooo long in development.

http://www.maui-project.org/
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