Here’s some probably unexpected news: While it may look like things are slowing down if you just consider this blog, there has been a lot going on behind the curtain. So far I’ve given a few hints but now its time to reveal a bit more information.
Project EERIE was created with two goals in mind: I wanted to learn more about the nuts and bolts of Linux and I dreamed about creating a new distribution – both for learning purposes again and to change a few things I was never happy with the other distros. And while I was at it, it seemed like a good idea to share it. Still I wasn’t sure if I’d have the endurance to stick to that project. And of course I had no idea if anybody would actually care for what I was trying to do. Luckily those concerns proved to be false.
The monthly hits of the blog are increasing and finally people even start to write comments. Also the amount of people who don’t just read one or two entries but also visit the About Eerie page grows. Better yet: I’m in contact with two other Linux users who’d also like to build a new distro. While there’s still a lot things to be discussed actually quite a bit of work has already been done. We’ve done some tests which enable us to make important decisions. In fact I have already built a test distribution worth of over 500 software packages (about 2.6 GB compressed data). We’ll have to start over once we’re done with planning. But building these was a very informative task and will surely be very helpful in the future.
A step ahead
Since things are going nicely imo, I decided to make a step ahead and get a domain for the distribution to be. Today elderlinux.org was registered! Right now there’s no content there, yet. But you can now use the new URL blog.elderlinux.org to reach the EERIE blog. For now it redirects here.
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There are a few things which I’d like to do in the near future. Of course I’ll continue with the toolkit tests. But I’ll also try to set up my own WordPress installation and will perhaps transfer the blog completely over to my own space. We’ll also have a forum where we’ll discuss all the issues of the distribution to be. Everybody is invited to join us there. There are almost always some points where people are not happy with their (otherwise) distribution of choice. Tell us what you think! What makes a good Linux distribution? What are annoying issues with the existing ones? What are things that should be experimented with?
We’ve already got pretty clear ideas of where we want to go with ELDER. I’m going to save the details for a later post but one thing that I can already say is that it’s going in a light-weight direction. And while that word is often a bit, well, unsubstantial, be assured that we really mean it. What we have in mind is a desktop distro with a rather small base. It won’t exactly be minimalistic – just very light.
As the name ELDER suggests, it should also run well on older machines. Everything that needs a strong CPU and tons of RAM is strictly optional. If all works as intended, you will be able to do some pretty nice things on newer machines but it should also allow you to resurrect some of your old pre-Pentium 4 machines – and actually put them to some use!
Back to work
While we’re pretty confident that we’ll be able to cook up something any help is appreciated. Feel free to contact us if you consider lending us a hand. There are plenty of fields where some work could be done. Whether you want to discuss your ideas on how to organize the file system, whether you’re an artist and would like to contribute some nice artwork or whether you even think you have no special abilities but are interested in how a distribution is planned and created – just join the discussion. We’re all hobbyists. Linux is meant to be fun. And if one thing is certain then it is that there’s lots of fun to be had in the process of creating your own operating system.