What is the Gigastrand OS - Right out of the box, the Gigastrand OS aims to be the easiest, best supported, and most cross-platform
compatible Linux distribution ever devised. You will be able to give
this to ANYONE and have them able to use it.
The Purpose of the Gigastrand OS - The Gigastrand OS is designed to be
"transitional Linux". That is, a Linux OS specifically designed to bring
more people who don't use Linux into Linux.
This means that the OS has to be developed in a way that is "user-centric". That means building in things like cross-platform compatibility and fast, easy to use support.
The Details - We are planning 2 versions of the Gigastrand OS. The first, is the Open Version. This will be a limited version built entirely on free software. It will feature many of the enhancements we are planning for the operating system just none of the premium features. This will be distributed through Linux4Everyone in both retail and single disc packages.
The second version is the Premium Version. This will have some really cool, kick-butt stuff that you would normally have to purchase separate from your OS and figure out how to install yourself. This will be sold at a premium price through Gigastrand pre-loaded on its PCs and through Linux4Everyone as a standalone retail product.
Community Enhanced - The community aspect of this project will be greatly enhanced. We will - of course - accept any development assistance when offered, but we are also reaching out to other companies and projects to include them in this release. Any good idea that fits we will attempt to implement.
Further to that end, any good idea that is implemented will be rewarded. The Gigastrand OS will donate 100% of the proceeds it makes to the supporting technologies that make up the system itself to help fund further development and help keep free software free.
Where Your Money Goes - Your donations will primarily go toward funding the development and production of the Gigastrand OS. While Gigastrand already has most of the talent and resources we need to begin, talent needs to be paid and resources can do nothing by themselves. Additionally, we are planning to bring additional non-free resources to bear - particularly with the Premium Version.
The Gigastrand Operating System is a project worthy of your support. Everyone who donates will get a credit mention on the OS page. Even if you can only donate a small amount, we will make sure everyone will benefit in some way. After all, our mission is Making Linux Possible for Everyone.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Risks and challenges
Many of the challenges we face are simply because much of what we are trying to do has never been done before. It is not just developing and implementing the support technologies, but we are proposing to use those technologies in a way that they may not have been intended to provide maximum support to the end-user.
Putting a Linux OS together is not really that hard. Putting a Linux OS together the way we want it to is much harder. We acknowledge the challenge and will rise to it.
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