I was reading some of the posts on Vasper’s Blog about Haiku distros.
I noticed a few people wanted only Haiku and no distros at all.
Well, unfortunately for them, distros will be coming out. We already have Pingwinek & Vasper will also be doing his own. And I wouldn’t be surprised if many more start being made.
Now, I do have 2 ideas that’ll be helpful.
First idea is how to reduce the number of distros that will come out.
Haiku, CD1, will basicly be the OS with next to no real applications bundled in. Well, why not create a 2nd CD, with all the applications and programs, as installable packages. People can then either boot the CD2 or run installer on it and select the program packages they want to install onto the Haiku. This way, new users don’t have to search for the applications, download and install them. An Application / Game CD would make things much easier for everybody (and makes a lot of sense).
CD2 should be done by a group of people working together, tested out and sent to Haiku for final approval / acceptance.
And gives the added bonus, that it should reduce the number of new distros (give less reason for people to create their own distro - so maybe we’ll see fewer distros down the road?).
Second idea has to do with naming. There needs to be a rule (the only rule I see necessary) that the term “haiku” can not be used in the name of distros.
Ie: We shouldn’t see names like:
Only official Haiku should use the term Haiku in its name. This should eliminate confusion with official Haiku.
Distros will eventually come and we need to be prepared for them. How many is still not known. Idea #1 will reduce the need for distros and idea #2 should eliminate confusion with which is the real “official” Haiku release to new users.
PS I don’t mind a few distros (5 or so), especially if they offer different optimization and customizations. But, I really wouldn’t want to see lots & lots of Haiku distros coming out.