Fool me once

So here we are, days away from the next Ubuntu release, this one LTS, and there’s something missing from the landscape, in a manner of speaking.

If you remember the Gutsy release, you’ll recall the hubbub that surrounded the Fluxbuntu RC, promised and … somewhat delivered, in part, not quite fulfilled, but not altogether unsatisfactory.

I haven’t heard a peep this time, aside from the standing disclaimer on the Fluxbuntu wiki, or an occasional cryptic note from “my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who” heard it on IRC that there would be an 8.10 release.

And to be honest, I don’t know if I’d be interested even if I had heard something. It’s hard for me to get wound up over Fluxbuntu after two quasi-releases and something akin to a home page makeover. I know, I know: It’s tough putting together an entire distro, troubleshooting, debugging, keeping your customers satisfied.

But there’s a huge number of people who are interested (Fluxbox fans are a very vocal group), and probably a comfortable fraction of them are capable of building a Fluxbuntu, or perhaps just willing to try. I still say, if the present crew doesn’t have the time or interest, pass it off to someone who does.

In the mean time I’ll be checking out CrunchBang, which uses a very smooth Openbox desktop and is rolling along quite confidently, and PUD GNU/Linux LXDE edition, which installs the freshest LXDE desktop over an Ubuntu system, and looks to me like a very cool option.

Of course, if you’ve heard otherwise, let me know Fluxbuntu is still alive. I’d like to think it true, but I’m not holding my breath this time.


3 thoughts on “Fool me once

  1. Philip

    I am glad to hear/read that you are planning to give CrunchBang Linux a try. I value your opinion and I would be interested to know what you think. I have a working copy of 8.04.01 that I will hopefully be releasing in the next few days. If I were you I’d wait for that as it has quite a few improvements over the last version; including the latest Openbox release and numerous other improvements as suggested by users on the forums. I’ve also included several applications that I’ve read about here on your blog, Osmo PIM for example šŸ˜€

    Anyway, love to know what you think of the new release once it is available. Cheers.

  2. gtcaz

    Really too bad about Fluxbuntu. I hope it does revive. I’m typing from it right now on my super-old iSeries Thinkpad, and it was the first distro that installed cleanly, was reasonably fast, and (most critically) got my wifi working.


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