Linux United. No more Distro Wars.

Posted by usacomputertec on Nov 22, 2007 4:13 AM EDT
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Lets put the distro wars to an end and all work together. I know we may work on different distros, packages, and repos but as long as we don't put each other down or say we are better than others we stand a fighting chance.

One thing I’ve learned the hard way threw several business deals and by trying to release my own distro is that you should not bash other distros, people, or companies that do you wrong. I know that there needs to be a place like the BBB where anyone can find out the truth about a business or organization. This is not my job. My job is to provide a product that people can use and tell what cool new features it has. I’m even thinking about getting rid of my Microsoft bashing page. Of course I’ll be thinking about that a lot before I do it. PayPal may have stole money from me but I didn’t need to bash their company name by spreading the recordings over the Internet. I should have just reported it to the authorities like I already have and waited for a response. I do find it hard to apologize to PayPal for doing this because I don’t feel like I owe them an apology. I almost bashed another community online because they rejected me. I decided to do this post instead.

In the future I intend on just staying positive and leaving it to others that want to bash people. I’m not saying its right I’m just saying that word will get out. Justice will be served. It’s just not my job to do it.

I know about the distro war that has been holding the Linux community back. Ubuntu is a prime example of this war. (not to bash them just for an example) Their community has made it clear to me several times that they should be the only distro for desktop users to clear up confusion between distros because their distro is the best one and it’s the easiest to use. This is the kind of attitude that will bring us all down. Do I believe that my distro is better than Ubuntu? Yes I do for the purpose of giving my customers what they want. Does Ubuntu have more hardware support? Yes. I would use Ubuntu if no other distro had the drivers I needed. But am I going to say that everyone should use it instead of all other distros and that all other distros should be out of the picture? NO! If it weren’t for Vixta I would have never gotten the idea for the interface, if it hadn’t been for PCLinuxOS I would have never found a stable base, if it hadn't been for Ubuntu I would have never understood the frustration people have been going threw trying to learn the new GUI (Gnome). I give all the credit for my project to the rest of the Linux community and Jesus Christ. The ideas I had for Ultumix didn’t come from me. These ideas came from other distros and from the knowledge that God has given me. I am very thankful to be a part of something bigger and I don’t ask for credit. All I ask is that you help support the project if you like the distro.

Linux users have a couple complaints about my distro. One is the fact that all the icons for the most commonly used apps are on the desktop making it cluttered, another is that I have bad graphics, another complaint is that I don’t give enough credit to PCLinuxOS.

Windows users complained in the past that in Linux you can’t find the programs your after (thats why I put them on the desktop).

At this point I will accept any constructive criticism but before you complain please add a solution at the bottom of your complaint if you are a non-windows user.

I think that one stable distro that can use all the packages from all distros should bring all the communities together.

Ultumix’s main goal in the beginning was to bring all the distros, repos, and package types together into one distro that everyone could use for whatever purpose they wanted. PCLinuxOS is just a very good base to start from because the packages are so stable and there is an acceptable amount of variety in their repos. The things that PCLinuxOS does not enable you to do threw the GUI is install RPM files downloaded from the net and install debain packages. I would not expect it to allow debian packages to work anyway and that is still a problem in Ultumix v0.0.0.4.

Linux Time line (edited by me)

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Ultumixscreenshot Ultumix v0.0.0.4 Desktop

After getting all but one bug out of the system (the Grub picture) and making sure I didn’t have any offensive non-free packages installed I released Ultumix v0.0.0.4. Some don’t want me to call it a distro but rather a remaster of PCLinuxOS. Both are correct. Some say that I need to break away more from PCLinuxOS first and thats ok. They can call me a simple remaster until then if they like. It’s like saying GNU/Linux or Linux. Does it matter? GNU/Linux contains GNU Software. Linux is the Kernel. Nuf said.

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