I’ve procrastinated writing this article for almost 7 months now.
With the next generation of my personalized OS looming in the horizon, I need to get this done right now. Otherwise it’ll never be done.
What is Krsnah Desktop OS?
Krsnah Desktop OS is a full-fledged OS based on Linux. Just like it’s sister OS is based on Android.
Now, when did I get my netbook?
I think I got it right after my smartphone.
Somewhere in late 2015 or early 2016, I think.
Let me check my records!
Okay! I have a Windows 10 ISO that dates back to Feb 2016. So I must’ve got it around that time.
My netbook came preloaded with Windows 8.1 and McAfee Internet Security. It also came with a goldfish malware thingy? What’s the word? Spyfish? SUPERFISH! Right. Thanks duckduckgo.
So I upgraded my netbook to Windows 10 and that didn’t work out quite well because it was just too slow. It was horrible!
At that time I was quite deep into the whole privacy thing. So I looked into Linux and decided to dive headfirst into it.
I can’t remember the first Linux distro that I tried. Was it Solus? Or was it Manjaro?
I think it was Solus. Solus was still quite new at the time and I was really enticed by the Budgie desktop. (Budgie became so popular later on, that a number of distros adopted it – Arch, Gentoo, Ubuntu, Debian and so on.)
So I tried Solus out but it was still quite new and didn’t have many of the packages I was looking for.
Since I was coming from Windows, I was looking for an advanced GUI firewall, network monitor etc.
I ditched Solus pretty quickly. Though I would return to it later on, amidst trying out different distros. When I needed to get back online, I would pop Solus in and get things running pretty fast.
I looked into Arch.
Arch was the most interesting Linux brand for me at the time. (It was also overly hyped. Gentoo is the best!)
I installed Manjaro and had it running for a while.
However, it had a lot of bugs and I was quickly becoming an angry frustrated computer guy because of it.
I bumped into Elementary OS.
Elementary OS is a beautiful distro.
It runs really nicely and smoothly.
But at that time, I had a problem with it. What was the OS name? Juno? No! It was LOKI! Yes! Loki! Thanks duckduckgo.
Loki was fast and smooth. But I could multitask on it because it didn’t detect my SWAP. As a result, it only utilized my 2 Gigs of RAM.
I think I tried out a bunch of different distros at that time. I checked out Fedora, Subgraph (anyone remember Subgraph? The entire privacy community was chattering about it. Then I downloaded it and couldn’t even get it to install. What a pile of crap! It was an alpha version and apparently it’s still on alpha all this time!
Who are the developers of Subgraph OS and what have they been doing all this time? Show yourselves! I’m gonna smack you in the head with a tray of eggs.) Debian, Sabayon, Ubuntu, and so on.
Then I checked out Gentoo. And I was very interested. I think I discovered Enso OS at that time, along with Trenta OS, Liri OS, Semicode OS, and I started noticing a theme.
I discovered the key to making your own distro.
Now everyone knows how Android works. Every Android phone basically runs the same OS, except for the minor (or major) tweaks that the smartphone company makes to the user interface, adding a few preinstalled apps etc.
The biggest difference in Android phones isn’t the OS. It’s the hardware.
Here’s how Linux works.
All developers, hold onto your seats! I’m about to crash your egos straight into the ground.
Arch, Gentoo, Debian, BSD, and Slackware are the forefathers of Linux.
Every Linux distro out there either borrows something from the above, or is based entirely on the above!
When you start going through all these distros one after another, constantly switching and trying to find the perfect fit, you come to realize that all these distros have so much in common.
Then come the desktop environments and window managers. If you’re running Gnome on Gentoo and Gnome on Debian, they’ll look identical.
No one will be able to tell the difference from a visual perspective.
The difference comes in the installers, the package managers, the init systems, and of course, some commands.
One of the problems with most distros is that they’re only customizable up to a certain level. You can change the wallpaper, dock location and transparency and font and some icons. But that’s it! And it is indeed enough for most people to be able to have their personalized desktop. But not me!
Another problem to be considered when selecting a distro is the availability of apps and how easy it is to build your own should the need arise.
Unfortunately, that problem has not been solved in any of the derivative distros. Often, developers will only package applications that they think the user would need. So you might not always find what you’re looking for.
Finally, the main problem to be considered when everything has been sorted out, is how smooth the OS runs and how much resources it needs. I’ve found some distros to be consuming 800+ Megs of Ram on first run, with no user apps running in the background.
And some lightweight distros only consume 300-400 Mb on idle, with no user apps running.
Usually these distros came with an ugly LXDE or Openbox window manager. And that just wasn’t cutting it for me.
If I’m going to spend 6 hours of my day looking at my computer screen, I don’t wanna be staring at a Windows 98 themed LXDE interface.
Plasma, KDE, Deepin, Pantheon and Gnome are heavy on system resources, whereas i3, LXDE, LXQt, Enlightenment and XFCE are quite lightweight and minimalistic. Mate, Budgie and Cinnamon are somewhere in the middle.
Arch and Debian had all the packages in the world. Gentoo is missing some. BSD is missing quite a few and Slackware, well, I haven’t tested it. And I don’t think I will any time soon.
I think a large proportion of Linux users are using Arch, Debian or one of their variants.
Now, every distro has some bugs. But the worst bugs came from Arch and it’s derivatives.
The most complex and time consuming is Gentoo. It really takes a while to set things up on Gentoo.
The above section of this article was written on Tuesday, 13th October 2020.
It’s now Tuesday, 20th October 2020. And I have absolutely 0 willpower to finish this article right now. Maybe in the future. Until then, that’s all you get.