Operating System U Fails To Live Up To Its Goals

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 29 September 2014 at 11:07 PM EDT. 28 Comments
Back in July we wrote about the Linux distribution based on Arch and powered by Wayland aiming for commercial success to compete with the likes of Ubuntu. Well, that distribution has now thrown in the towel.

Operating System U aimed to be the "ultimate operating system" for users with being powered by Arch while being user-friendly and powered by the MATE Desktop atop Wayland (although MATE on Wayland has yet to exist). Operating System U also solicited community ideas after some initial backlash and they were on their way to a reduced funding goal of $50k USD (compared to $150k) to make their commercial Linux distribution a success.

After launching last month on Kickstarter, the project has turned into a failure and all development has ceased. Operating System U by Andrew Bernstein only raised $1,948 of its $50,000 goal over the month-long period for the OS that claimed numerous advantages over Ubuntu and Windows 8. Andrew then posted, "Unfortunately OS U was unsuccessful. I truly, truly appreciate everyone who backed us, but unfortunately since we where unsuccessful, combined with other circumstances, OS U will not have any more continued development."

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