Would Linux survive if Ubuntu died?
Today in Open Source: What would happen to Linux without Ubuntu? Plus: How to make a custom Linux distribution, and a first look at Semplice Linux 5
Would Linux Survive the Death of Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is one of the best known and widely used Linux distributions. What would happen if it suddenly died? Would Linux survive? Foss Force examines these questions as it ponders Linux without Ubuntu.
If after failing with the Ubuntu Edge campaign it was suddenly announced that Canonical were withdrawing funding what would happen? Would Linux be crippled forever? The answer is clearly no. Linux was around before Ubuntu and it will be around long after Ubuntu ceases to exist. Each and every one of the distributions above could base themselves on Debian.
If Canonical removed funding from Ubuntu it would undoubtedly continue as a community distribution and it would probably find itself blending back in with the rest of the Linux world. I believe that if Ubuntu failed and disappeared, another distribution would spring up and fill the void that Ubuntu left behind
I think that the overall effect of Ubuntu on Linux has been a bit exaggerated. There are plenty of other desktop distros available that are either as good as Ubuntu or are downright better in some ways.
So Linux would not just survive the loss of Ubuntu, it would continue to thrive. Ubuntu has certainly helped promote the use of desktop Linux during its life, but Linux has grown far beyond needing any one distribution to survive.
How to Create a Custom Linux Distro
DistroWatch has a question and answer section in the DistroWatch Weekly newsletter. This time around a reader has asked how to create a custom Linux distribution.
Building-something-new asks: I am interested in building my own custom distribution. What tools are available to help me do this?
DistroWatch answers: The right tool for building your own custom distribution will vary depending on your level of experience and just how unique you want your distribution to be. For instance, if you would like to base your distribution off of Ubuntu (or a derivative of Ubuntu) you can use a nice point-n-click graphical utility called Ubuntu-Builder. The Ubuntu Builder software allows you to take Ubuntu (or a distribution based on Ubuntu, such as Linux Mint) and customize the system. Ubuntu-Builder features a nice, friendly interface and allows the user to easily test and rebuild the Ubuntu ISO image. This allows for a great deal of customization on top of an existing distribution base.
Another way to go would be to use SUSE Studio. The SUSE Studio website allows users to build custom operating systems using the packages and technology which are available in openSUSE. The SUSE Studio website helps users create ISO images and virtual machine images of the customized operating system. The website is fairly straight forward to use and gives the user access is a large selection of software.
More adventurous people may want to look at Linux from Scratch.
I think it's great if somebody wants to do this for fun or to take real control over their Linux experience. It's not something I'd really want to spend my time on though, given how many really good desktop distros that are already available.
Would you build your own custom distro? Tell me in the comments below.
A First Look at Semplice Linux 5
DistroWatch has another interesting story about Semplice Linux 5. Semplice is a Debian-based distribution that proffers to improve Debian a bit for desktop users.
My time with Semplice was, in a word, okay. I realize that's not a ringing endorsement, nor is it meant to be dismissive. Semplice, overall, performed well, it comes with a lot of good software and I think its system installer is nicer than Debian's, at least for desktop systems.
The administrative tools Semplice comes with are helpful and, with access to Debian's repositories, the distribution gives us a huge pool of software packages from which to draw. The project stays fairly close to the cutting edge and users will need to be mindful of that if they wish to avoid downtime following package upgrades, but at the same time it gives us a chance to experiment.
In short, my first impression of Semplice is the distribution looks nice, makes a few improvements over plain Debian (at least for desktop/laptop users) and comes with a good selection of default software. However, it does have some rough edges.
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I haven't used Semplice before, but it looks like an interesting Debian spin. I'll have to check it out for a possible review on Desktop Linux reviews.
What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.