Today, I've sat down to begin work on the newbie guide for issue 155. The first part of my day was great fun. I read through everyone's suggestions (60+!) and made a note of everything that I should include. There were so many helpful suggestions, it really was interesting :-)
The second part of my day has involved trying to decide which distribution to base the guide on - this has proved to be frustrating.
It seems that, while looking at the Linux desktop eco-system as a whole, it's getting pretty close to perfect, there's no project that pulls it all together in to what I imagine would be the perfect distribution. So, after spending some time thinking about which distribution to base the guide on, the pros and cons of each, here's what my perfect distribution would look like:
- Ubuntu's installer and support for proprietary drivers.
- Ubuntu's boot up and shutdown sequence - their patched grub is a small but important improvement.
- Ubuntu's software center, with Pacman as the backend.
- Mint's support for multimedia codecs, including DVD playback.
- Gnome Shell with a shutdown button turned on by default.
- RHEL or Debian's solid kernel and associated lower level stack.
- Arch's rolling release for userspace applications.
- Arch's kiss approach to configuration.
What do you think? This doesn't seem like that much to ask for...
Just to throw in a little controversy, too, I don't see why all distributions can't be built around the same packaging system and just be respins of the same distribution. What am I missing here? How much effort and time in packaging would be saved! This wouldn't take away choice, people could still respin with whatever packages and settings they liked, it would just create a stronger base.
Anyway, it's time I stopped procrastinating and decided on a distribution for the newbie guide. Have a good afternoon!
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