Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
If there were a Linux distribution which appealed to the most common type of computers users, they would be using it already. Some barriers to adoption we can’t remove; the fix relates to things we can’t control. Yet, in my rant on "rolling release" I tried to point out there is at least one thing we could do differently, if we would -- make some effort to support fixing previous releases still in heavy use. That way we can offer something to the one part of the world's computer users we have neglected.
There are several ways to approach this, and I’ve received good ideas from people far smarter than me. Since I am loath to harass anyone over buying into my crazy notions about Linux promotion, I have been working on some of these ideas myself. Apparently the craziness is communicable, because at least two developers have contacted me to explore a new Linux distro, or at least modify one (meta-distro) which isn’t so far away from our shared vision.
One of the developers is delving deeply into a wide array of projects. These include GoboLinux, Autopackage, and the Rox Desktop. He feels competent to handle it this way, but realizes it will take time. Meanwhile, the other developer is working with me to make some modifications in a current project just so we can test the market, as it were.
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