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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:51 am on October 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Arch, , Budgie, Cinnamon, , Deepin, , , Enlightenment, Enso, , Gentoo, Gnome, i3, init, KDE, , Krsnah Mobile OS, , Liri, LXDE, LXQt, , Mate, Openbox, Pantheon, Plasma, , Semicode, Slackware, , , Ubuntu, XFCE   

    A Brief History Of Krsnah Desktop OS 

    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.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:18 am on October 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Krsnah Mobile OS, , operating system, Samsung   

    A Brief History of Krsnah Mobile OS 

    My phone model came out in 2015 running Android 5 Lollipop. The only upgrade that came from the manufacturer was Android 6 Marshmallow about 2 years later. By then I had already installed a Russian build of Marshmallow that worked pretty well for me.
    I installed Android 7 Nougat at around the same time but the battery drained too quickly and the bottom half of the screen flashed on low brightness. Therefore I moved back to Marshmallow and stuck to it for almost 3 years.

    Krsnah Mobile OS was based on from Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow after several tweaks. It was my first attempt at building a personalized mobile OS that catered specifically to my needs. It had major UI changes with a brand new launcher and was fully rooted and debloated. It still ran Google Play Services though.

    Krsnah Mobile OS v2 was based on Android 8 Oreo. It was my first major upgrade since Marshmallow. It included MicroG. I experienced a major issue with the WiFi connectivity where the phone would go into bootloop when connected to the WiFi. I managed to fix the issue from the developer settings. The OS wasn’t as smooth as Marshmallow though. The battery didn’t last as long. I had to charge it everyday, sometimes twice a day, for long usage. It carried on the UI launcher and theme settings from Marshmallow. It couldn’t run Orbot though. And it couldn’t receive phone calls.

    Krsnah Mobile OS v2.1 was another attempt at Android 8.1 Oreo that fixed the WiFi bootloop issues from a fresh install. It used a different launcher and several tweaks in the theme. It got rid of MicroG and ran barebones Android. There were some app incompatibilities and I had to use alternative apps to get around the problem. The major issue was that it kept hanging, all the time; e.g. while playing music, when receiving phone calls, when using apps etc
    This problem had to be fixed urgently.

    Krsnah Mobile OS v3 is the build on Android 9 Pie. It only lasted for a few minutes of use. Since I had directly tested the upgrade from 8.1 Oreo to 10 on my phone, the rollback to 9 Pie seemed like a letdown. Android 9 Pie seems like a half-baked version of 10. It seems like an incomplete OS with many missing features that were finalized in Android 10 release. While 9 Pie was certainly an improvement on 8.1, it wasn’t worth spending time on since I had already tested Android 10.

    Krsnah Mobile OS v4 is built on Android 10. Doesn’t use MicroG. It runs smoothly, is quite fast and doesn’t hang or go into random bootloops. It is free from all bloatware. Battery lasts longer than the previous generations and even more so on standby. The UI launcher and theme are carried on from Krsnah Mobile OS v2.1
    Had an issue running AdAway but it’s now fixed. Also couldn’t run Greenify as there seems to be an app incompatibility. Greenify would randomly close by itself. Haven’t done a comprehensive test on it but everything seems to be good at the moment.

    With that said, I have also installed Krsnah Desktop OS v4.
    This is the first desktop build that directly coincides with the Mobile OS build and with the same number of iterations.
    More on this coming soon.

    — Tuesday, 31st March 2020

     
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