Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Warren Woodford And The Linux Distro Market

Filed under
Linux
Interviews

Warren Woodford is the man behind MEPIS, one of the first ever GNU/Linux distributions that tried to be more friendly to the user. In this quick interview he talks about the distribution market, the different strategies that are followed and his opinion on what all distributions should do in order for the Linux desktop to grow and prosper.

When you decided to begin the development of MEPIS in 2003, the aim was to create a truly user friendly distribution. Now that there are many really user friendly distributions and many more user friendly than MEPIS, what is the role that your project plays in the distro-world?

I was not aware that there are many distros that are more user friendly than MEPIS. That’s good news.

I maintain MEPIS for my own use, and the use of the MEPIS Community. Together we try to have a desktop distro that we think is easy to use, and a place where you can get friendly help when you seek it.

I, for one, am not trying to play any specific role in the world of Linux distros. MEPIS just is what it is, and if you like it that’s great, and if you like a different distro better, that’s great too.

rest here




More in Tux Machines

The Linux desktop-a-week review: LXDE

Over the last two weeks I’ve run nothing but LXDE as my primary Linux Desktop Environment (other than a few excursions into Android land). Been using LXDE. Been enjoying LXDE. But I have practically nothing to really say about LXDE. I feel like, after all this time, I should have something interesting to talk about. But I just plain don’t. It’s fast, blisteringly fast. And it’s damned lightweight too. After that, things get pretty boring. Read more

LG’s first SoC debuts on 5.9-inch G3 Screen phone

LG announced its first SoC, a Cortex-15 and –A7 octa-core “Nuclun” with LTE-A Cat.6 tech that debuts this week in a Korea-bound LG G3 Screen Android phone. LG Electronics has decided to follow in Samsung’s footsteps and create its own ARM system-on-chip for its mobile devices. LG, which has mostly used Qualcomm processors in the past, announced an octa-core Nuclun SoC, which will debut on a 5.9-inch, Android 4.4 based LG G3 Screen phablet that will go on sale this week in Korea. Read more

Neptune OS 4.2 Features a Refreshing KDE Desktop

ZevenOS-Neptune 4.x branch is called "It's all about you" and it was initially made available back in June. This is the second update for the distribution and the devs have refined some of the features and have added some new packages into the mix. The system is based on KDE, but don't expect to find a regular stock version implemented. It's clear that the devs have put a lot of effort into making the DE experiences unique. Users can immediately recognize what distribution they are looking at just with a glance, and that's always a good sign. Read more

How to Get Open Source Android

Android is an astonishing commercial success, and is often touted as a Linux success. In some ways it is; Google was able to leverage Linux and free/open source software to get Android to market in record time, and to offer a feature set that quickly outstripped the old champion iOS. But it's not Linux as we know it. Most Android devices are locked-down, and we can't freely download and install whatever operating systems we want like we can with our Linux PCs, or install whatever apps we want without jailbreaking our own devices that we own. We can't set up a business to sell Google Android devices without jumping through a lot of expensive hoops (see The hidden costs of building an Android device and Secret Ties in Google's "Open" Android.) We can't even respin Google Android however we want to and redistribute it, because Google requires bundling a set of Google apps. Read more