Well, it's that time of year when the jolly, bearded fat fellow (yes, I know that describes me, but I am talking about) Santa makes his annual trip, with a sack full of goodies.
I would like to identify what you would LIKE to have in a Linux Distribution, that you don't already have, in the one, or ones that you use.
I will give you an idea of what I myself am looking for in a moment.
But first I will disclose that I have a vested interest, whatever that is worth, in learning ... what users want.
You can read at
about the chance, one in a million, circumstances I experienced 14 months ago, in having Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr MERGE with Zorin OS9 to become a new Distro. Initially I called it Zorbuntu, then renamed it TimNet. You could start at page 1, where the link takes you, or start at page 8 and work back, up to you.
My early New Year's Resolution is to get this bugger into a workable shape, if possible, to "get it out there", as eg No. 340 on Distrowatch. Earning Dollars and cents is not an issue - I would have to get into Server technology or something to make a buck. It's just something I want to do, to help others find the best from their Linux Experience.
My (long-suffering) wife and I live in a Linux household, running multiple Distros - currently 14 on three computers, and more to come.
So I am starting to get a good idea, I think, of what different Distros have to offer, what you can expect to be across the board, what is individual to a Distro, love it or hate it. What you have to learn or re-learn moving from one to the other. RPM-based compared to Debian-based or other. You get the picture.
Two words or phrases that spring to my mind at the moment are:
- Numlock - I like the OS to remember my choice from last time whether Numlock is on or off. Some do and some don't. This used to apply just to desktops, but now a number of laptops (including this Toshiba Satellite I am writing from) incorporate a keypad. My passwords have both numeric and alpha characters in them, and so it is useful for me to have Numlock on.
- Grub Menu at start, and "time is up, boot" - Using multiple Distros as I do, I notice that every time I put a new Distro on, the newbie usurps the position of the Distro that previously lead the leaderboard, and takes Number 1 spot - numero uno. What if I don't want that? What if I wanted it to be, at Number 3, or Number 4? A lot of Distros give you the option of 10 seconds to make up your mind, Sabayon goes for 3 seconds, gotta be quick, but it's now at 2nd spot since I put Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa", Mate, on, yesterday
- Installer - Can you walk away for a coffee or a pee, or do you have to sit there in case it prompts you for interactive input? And for how long?
OK I lied that's 4 or more issues, if you count them.
With 2., above - I know I can install and use Grub Customizer, or edit grub config, to make some modifications, to customise, but what if I want this just straight out of the box?
So you have above some of MY wish list - what about yours?
If you try to limit yourself to 2 to 3 items for your Stocking, that would be good, and I will try to collate them, over time.
Specify environments, and Distro versions eg not just Ubuntu, but Ubuntu Mate 14.04LTS or Ubuntu Unity 15.10 Wily Werewolf, DEs (Desktop Environments) eg Mate, KDE, Cinnamon, Enlightenment, Xfce, whatever.
Go for it, and
Enjoy Linux - I do
BTW Hope Santa fills your stocking ... stay well, and stay safe