rufwoof, wow what an explanation!
Although have been a Linux user for over 9 years now (approaching the same for primarily Linux Mint), am a typical Linux Home user, just like those who runs Windows. Customizing software isn't my greatest strength, the exact opposite, am a lot more familiar (& interested) with Hardware than software. Still to this day, have to Google my way through fixing my own OS's, as well as those for others. When I can't find the answer (regardless of brand), will create a Topic in the appropriate section here.
I've tried for years to open tar.gz files to no avail, unfortunately there's little interest to independent writers in creating these articles in easy to understand terms. If it's 'quick & dirty' that's OK, as long as a novice can comprehend. Seems like many whom posts these much needed Linux tips speaks to their audience as though a doctor speaking to patient in their terminology, rather than plainly stating the diagnostics & how to move forward.
That's also what turns off many in regards to Linux usage, while I can run the OS as is & maybe adding a PPA from here or there, a .deb installer when needed (after all, that's easy), for the most part, that's all I've needed to survive with Linux Mint. I can even dabble a bit with Puppy (FatDog64), although not as well since the Slacko conversion. Going from a Ubuntu (or rather Debian) based distro to whatever 'BSD', there's at least two major known ones, would be too much culture shock for me to comprehend. Nor do I have the desire to do so, largely based upon that (the new learning process), my age & health, it takes a lot of time & effort to switch from one Linux family to the next.
What I was speaking of above, for the average user (the masses), a prebuilt Puppy distro that's updated regular would be perfect for everyone to make secure transactions w/out having to learn the equivalent of what was once called algebra when I went to school (BTW, I flunked badly ). It was the grades from most of my other classes that moved me to the next from year to year. Well, there's tens (if not hundreds) of millions of computer users who only knows 5% (or less) of the power of their current OS, regardless if Android (Google), iOS, Linux or Windows. Most of us doesn't care to code & create packages, we simply want to get to Point A to Point B in the fastest, secure manner possible. That's where a nice Puppy build could come in, even if not weighing in at a massive 3.8GB.
Remember, I'm speaking of the masses here, not enthusiasts who wants to code everything, few wants to return to the pre-Win95 days of computing, where there were only basic functions available. Which for many, was still (for the most part) only email access at the time. Until Windows 2000 came along at my former employment, never had a real browser. Only after XP was released, did the masses jump on the Internet, when Dell created a price war that benefited most everyone, for the first time ever, at the price of $400-500, anyone who wanted a PC could have one. It would be years before I had a PC, instead had a far more expensive notebook that was second hand, although only six months old, needed for my job (BYOD became mandatory or face dismissal/demotion). The masses loved these computers because everything was so easy to use, a child could run XP powered PC's.
With the security issues ahead of us that may never be fully resolved for the untold number of devices on the market, that's what we need, a prepackaged OS that's easy to jump into & run. Even if it has to first load from slow optical drives, once in memory, the media can be ejected & use the available features for secure, safe Internet usage. Then for general usage, can run whatever OS installed & properly maintain, which will vary from one brand of OS to the next. Who knows, then many of the same would be more willing to adapt to an easy to run Linux distro.
Point being, the average Home user will never understand how to run RAMDisks, even though these has been available for Windows a decade. Plus all of these scripts needed, many cannot even create & run a .bat file to cleanup their temp files in an instant, let alone root permissions, mounting partitions, etc. Most doesn't even have a drive image schedule, over 9 years back, I learned this via the University of Hard Knocks. Lost all of my data, my OS, everything when getting my first dose of Linux via WUBI (installed Ubuntu inside of XP) & hosed with Computer Janitor installed on Ubuntu. This is what I never understood, WUBI (Ubuntu) was a Windows installed app, so therefore, didn't have full access to all of the hardware. I could boot into Ubuntu installed in this manner, yet couldn't boot into XP for the life of me, so wiped the slate clean & began new, with dual booting instead.
Today, I'd know how to fix the issue with an XP install CD, yet it was what I didn't do that hurt the most, in creating a drive image. The worst part about it was one was given to me for Christmas, still in it's box at the time. Once that happened, I became a fan & very vocal about backup. Unfortunately here we are in 2018, backup drives are at all time lows in pricing, yet backup rates are no higher (as a percentage of users) since the turn of the Millennium. Otherwise, many tech forums wouldn't exist, a recent backup image can get anyone out of many common issues, to include drive replacement, as well as infections.
Point being, this is the same crowd that needs an easy to use loaded Puppy the most, because we can't seem, no matter how hard we try, to get more users to image their OS. Many of the same doesn't perform regular Malware scans & why Windows 7 (& Vista) shipped with a spyware catching app in Windows Defender, MSE (or any security) was still optional. This ended with Windows 8, Defender was installed security that ran frequently, although drained lots of resources & didn't live up to the hype of the original MSE release, which was highly praised initially.
It's not just myself that I'm concerned about, if that were the case, a Linux Mint distro on optical drive is perfect, my most used apps are installed & have even updated Firefox in Live mode. A customized Puppy that's basically click & shoot would be ideal for anyone who cares enough about identity fraud to have a safe, secure browsing session & that's my point. Having that for everyone, and displayed where more folks will see they have options. Such as on this forum, in the Headlines section would be ideal, because it'll be forbidden to step into a Windows section & jump off sides pushing Linux. Just as it would be for those members to come here & do the same.
I'll be fine, can adapt to calling in orders if needed like I once did & my wife still does, items arrives in about the same timespan. Don't need online banking, there's an automated system to call from a landline (not a VoIP one) or cell phone to check balances, transfer money, make credit card payments, all are under one roof. And could remove most of my business totally away from email if needed. Yet the masses won't do that, that's why I resurrected this Topic & hopefully will be seen by someone interested in creating & releasing such a secure distro. The US Air Force once had one created quarterly, I used these at times, were fairly well for a 400MB ISO & included Adobe Reader (optional) & shipped in both PAE & non-PAE versions. Just discovered it's been rebranded & have discussed the distro long ago (2nd link).
Even that was better than nothing, it was just that the word wasn't out, just so happened to run into it looking for secure bootable ISO's long ago.