Group: Super Administrators
Joined: Sep. 2003
||Posted: Dec. 11 2008,00:32
With much thought over the last couple of years (yes years) I've come to the conclusion that the relevancy of having a sub 50MB distribution is diminishing daily. With this in mind I believe that its time to modify the goals of this distribution.
Instead of being a fixed size DSL should have a fixed goal, namely, running fast and well on older hardware. Older needs to be defined; I'm thinking about 10 years old. This way the target is fixed yet the target capabilities can change with time.
So, DSL should stay compact, yet grow to give a fuller desktop experience. Applications should be functional and speedy, yet reliable and usable in today's environment without stressing out older hardware.
Sankarv pointed out that it would be a great advantage to offer both a 2.4 and a 2.6 kernel option. I think that's a great idea which would allow for the widest amount of hardware compatibility.
I'm concentrating on application and lib updating first, then we'll address a 2.6 kernel later. We already have a good base with the 2.4 kernel.
Okay, so that's the grand plan, now there's a thousand steps to take. I'd like feedback on applications. What do you like? What should remain behind? What's worth modifying? Keep in mind the goal of running well and speedy on 10 year old hardware. I think this means no GTK2, if you disagree with me please state your case.