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SnowBird Linux: a week later

Posted on: 15/08/2013

It’s been a week since SnowBird Linux has been released to SourceForge and I must admit I’m pleasantly surprised at the response. There have been a little more than 250 downloads and this shows that the distribution certainly has an audience who want a pre-configured system with sensible defaults.  As mentioned in the release announcement, SnowBird is now growing from a closed corporate project to a public audience with broader expectations.

Gathering user feedback will be essential for the ongoing development and success of the project.  In this sense some of the changes for the upcoming minor release have been posted on the forum, feel free to add software requests/reviews if you would like a program to be considered for inclusion in the remix or if something bugs you.  As a rule of the thumb I include one program per category and it must have a broad appeal and/or be essential for the proper functioning/work-flow of  a typical user. Stability, functionality, user experience, security and popularity are the next criteria for review/inclusion.  In the coming weeks I’ll be looking at more contributors who can help with the branding and user interface, mainly artwork, icons, custom wallpapers, getting started guide and a logo, so stay tuned if you’re a SnowBird Linux user.

Since SnowBird is a remix based on Fedora 19, the next major release will be on the heels of Fedora 20, so I have decided to used a hybrid rolling model where the initial release will always be available on SourceForge but there will also be a continuous release where the latest errata will be applied and/or the inclusion of enhancements (deprecated, dropped or new packages). It’s most likely similar to the Fedora nightly composes but more stable and tested 🙂

One Week in the life of SnowBird

One Week in the life of SnowBird Linux 19

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