Keeping up with the Robinsons

August 13, 2012

. . . Or not keeping up with the Robinsons, as the case may be.

I know what Karlie Robinson is up to, thanks to Facebook. But poor Karlie: Todd has his nose pressed to the monitor all month, walking the walk of the talk he talked last month, when he said he was putting out a distro a day for the month of August. Like clockwork, Todd is putting out a distro each day and has done so, so far this month.

Allow me a white-flag, hands-in-the-air moment: I surrender! I give up. I can’t keep up with Todd’s herculean project. Rather than sample each distro every day as I had planned, I am going to go about this as if the 31 Days 31 Distros project is a buffet, taking the ones I think I would like and going back to my table to enjoy them.

[Confession: I’ve only tried 00 SING and 01 UNITE so far. So shoot me.]

Nevertheless, here’s the menu so far, taken from Todd’s page on the daily releases (also, you can download the ISOs from links on Todd’s page):

00 – SING (SING is Not Gnome): This pre-event release was built to be used to create the 31 Flavors in August 2012. Although it resembles Gnome 2 in layout, it’s designed to give speedy access to the functions that will be used most when creating custom operating systems.

01 – Unite! SOHO: Release #1 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Unite! SOHO. Like Unite, it’s sort of Windows 7ish on the desktop. This desktop will run on as little as 256MB of memory, however 512 or more is recomended.

02 – Debina Live VTWM: Release #2 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Debian Live VTWM. There was a time when the VTWM was as exciting as a new smart phone operating system is today, perhaps even more so. It’s huge feature was a desktop that could be configured to be several times the size of the of the screen (in this install 6 x screen size).

03 – Debian Full House: Release #3 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Debian Full House, a live Debian release with all four major desktops installed (Gnome-2, KDE-4, LXDE, and Xfce), along with their standard desktop apps.

04 – KDE3 Reborn: Release #4 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is KDE3 Reborn. This is a remake of the original Karlie custom release using the same visually stunning red graphics as the original. KDE3 Reborn has been re-made with the newer TDE (Trinity Desktop Environment) version.

05 – Eazel Imagined: Release #5 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Eazel Imagined. Eazel was working on a desktop surrounding the Nautilus File Manager which they created. Their business plan involved selling online storage services to be accessed by Nautilus. Yes they were ahead of the cloud computing times, but it failed when venture capital ran out. This release is what I imagine a modern file-centric clean Eazel desktop to be like.

06 – Child-Proof: Release #6 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Child-Proof. This release is for children ranging from 3 to 10 years old. It features a few learning game suits, as well as child safe browsing.

07 – Xfterstep: Release #7 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Xfterstep. This release was designed as a gui-configurable Afterstep alternative. The very first window manager I used on an open source desktop was Afterstep. It drew me into a world of alternatives and imagination that was severely lacking under Microsoft Windows and the MAC desktop. If you like the Afterstep window manager, you sould like Xfterstep.

08 – Lubuntu Google Kiosk: Release #8 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Lubuntu Google Kiosk. Per request, this is a release featuring a Google Kiosk login where the browser brings all the google services together while remaining somewhat bullet-proof. It’s ideal for public situations and can run entirely from a CD, and can be optionally installed. An administrator login is also included.

09 – Spaceman: Release #9 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Spaceman. This is a Lubuntu 12.04 release with all updates applied, and SpaceFM installed as the default file manager. Anyone who appreciates a file manager that can be configured to do just about anything should love SpaceFM.

10 – Desktop Development Center: Release #10 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is the Desktop Development Center. The DDC is a full desktop operating system complete with an extensive list of office software, the Webmin Control Panel, and a fully functional web server complete with PHP5 and mysql integration. The is the release I would use if I were primarily doing web development work.

11 – Wheezy Live LXDE: Release #11 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Wheezy Live LXDE. This is a requested Live Debian Wheezy (-testing) release. Wheezy has become quite stable, and is scheduled to become the new -stable release in Feb. 2013.

12 – Enlightened Libre: Release #12 in the 31 Flavors of Fun is Enlightened Libre. This release is something truly special. A completely Libre release with the Enlightenment Desktop Environment. It’s built from Trisquel as a base, and using the Trisquel repository to make sure to keep it 100% Libre. Then Enlightenment was added and Libre graphics used to create a visually stunning release.

Keep up the great work, Todd. More on this as the month continues.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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