Yes, I know and acknowledge the criticism by many newcomers into the Linux camp about the sheer abundance of Linux distributions. Particularly since many of them are basically based on the same family roots (Debian, Ubuntu, Arch …) and even share the same desktops it’s hard for a n00bie to decide on a nifty system. But no problem, a whole army of eager bloggers is trying to help you with your first steps into the new computing world. They sort the millions of distributions out for you and give you definite hints and tipps about what to do and what to use.
Too bad that all those bloggers recommend totally different stuffz. Ask Orca what she finds a good beginners distro … and then ask Joe Collins … and you’ll get two different answers. Yeah, it’s mighty confuzzling. 😦
Buuuut, back on topic, an answer you won’t get of neither Orcsi nor Joe would be Apricity Linux. Yes, the developers of Apricity have given up and closed their web presence earlier this month. Don’t ask me why. I kinda liked Apricity as it was a Arch based distro and Orca’s a huge Arch fan. I installed it on MiniMe but never got around giving it a real test run. Didn’t even do the initial update and today found out there is nothing to update anymore. 😮 So, whoohoo, I have a free vacancy on one of my desktops. 🙂 LOL
That brings me to another topic. Maybe I’m a girlgeek (which I doubt) but I have three desktop computers adorning my workdesk; two of them completely devoid of any operation system. I’m not rich, those computers aren’t the best, and rather very cheap they were too. And South Africa ain’t a computer wonderland like the USA where you have an over abundance of computers available for everybody. Still I got THREE of those fukers right here on my table!!! So I really wonder when people are telling me they can’t install Linux since they are afraid to ruin their recent Windows installation. Fuking get a new second hand machine for cheap from Craig’s List or eBay or some cheapo Chinese shit from Ali Baba or Ali Express or stoop low and rob the neighbourly thrift shop! And then you’ll have a wonderful machine to play with Linux.
What irks me probably even more is that term “MacOS look-alike Linux distribution” to describe Apricity. MacOS looks like Linux/BSD, not the other way round. And with all those dockys and planks in modern distros I get the feeling that most are MacOS look-alikes. Nothing wrong with that I guess. Macs are famous for their ease of use. So what? So fucking what??? Mac is Mac, Windows is Windows, Linux is Linux. We have no reason to hide what we are, we’re not standing on shoulders of giants that aren’t our own!
Anyhow, on with today’s article:
But now I’m becoming kinda angry. I mean it’s absolutely the dev’s business if they are producing a Linux distro or not. It’s their hobby. But I guess as soon as you go public with your project you must make sure to have enough man-, girl- and computing power to support your own distro with everything that’s needed. Download and release mirrors and a lively forum and documentation to find answers to all our questions. Once your distro is out in the open people are relying on it … and on you and your team! Entering the Linux scene with a big splash, making a fine distro, and huge announcements, even with its own logo and opening to much fanfare is one thing. Closing the doors shortly after and going with a whimper rather than a BANG is another and has no dignity.
Anyhoo, with Apricity out of the way the distro hunt has become a slight bit more easy for you newlings. Well, if you’re a dedicated follower of this bloggy here you’ve found your fave distro already long ago, based on Orca’s recommendations. And then you found your own best distro which meets your requirements even better.
Might I ask my readership what system y’all are using? I’m really interested. Are you on any Linux at all? Or are you boringly on Windows or Mac? Send me love letters!