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The Latest Distro Trying For Commercial Success Uses Arch & Wayland

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Published on 05 July 2014 08:13 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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A new Linux distribution under development is among the latest dreaming of commercial success in hopes of finally conquering the Linux desktop and having their OS pre-installed on systems being sold in brick and mortar stores.

The project's founder, Andrew Bernstein, wrote into Phoronix this morning to share Operating System U. The short story is that he and a handful of other developers want to create "the ultimate operating system" built for the user. Operating System U is to be based off Arch Linux, run a modified version of the MATE Desktop Environment, and will use Wayland in place of the X.Org Server. Operating System U also plans to modify the MATE Desktop to make it better while also developing a new component they call Startlight, which pairs the Windows Start Button with Apple's Spotlight.

Those technical goals alone are rather lofty seeing as MATE doesn't even have Wayland support right now, and they hope to potentially have out a development release of OSu in a half-year. Pushing further, the developers hope Operating System U will come pre-installed on laptops and via partnerships with retailers will be the driving force for OSu consumer adoption.

To make all of this a reality, the team is going to try a Kickstarter campaign later this month to raise $150,000 USD for the development of Operating System U plus they're trying to rely on external funding as well. It's a nice thought, but that funding level probably won't go too far for a team of ten with very lofty goals. Canonical meanwhile has invested millions and employing hundreds of developers and still hasn't completely cracked the Linux desktop.

Good luck to the team and for those wishing to learn more can visit OperatingSystemU.com.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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