This project's funding goal was not reached on October 19, 2012.
About this project
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.
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Gigastrand has a vision of a purpose-built operating system that appeals to a wide-variety of people and aids Windows and MAC users in the transition to Linux. Ubuntu, Linux Mint and others have done a beautiful job of creating an OS that appeals to most of what Gigastrand sets out to do - but not everything. The areas that we feel Linux Mint does not cover are areas for improvement and areas that fit well into the Gigastrand model.
The short answer is that the Gigastrand OS is designed to be "transitional Linux". That is, a Linux OS specifically designed to bring more people to Linux. This means that the OS not only has to be easy (and a lot of Linux OSes are really good at it) but it also has to be able to do whatever the user asks of it and in a way that the user can figure out by themselves.
Let me give you a for instance. Have you ever sold someone on the idea of transitioning to Linux then, during the process, some stupid little piece of hardware or Windows program that user "can't live without" gets in the way of a full transition? Yeah, me too. In many cases, if they have to run Windows for that program or hardware they might just as well RUN Windows and not have to worry about doing anything else.
That is what we are trying to do. The OS 1.0 will lay the groundwork for all this to happen. We want it to be easy and highly compatible with built-in support for whatever the user requires.
We have a really good idea on how to make it all of the ideas work together, but this is somewhat uncharted territory, that is why we are taking 6 months to get it right.
Actually, yes. If you take a look at the project schedule at http://www.gigastrand.com/OS/tasks.htm we provide for 3 release candidate (RC) schedules before the deadline. If any of those releases make the cut, we will release the OS to the public ahead of schedule.
We borrowed the phrase from Linspire. It means that you will have access to any Gigastrand Software we are developing prior to release. Most of our pre-release software will be a closed BETA test cycle so, to get access to the testing versions of the software, you must have insider status.
This also means that as we are releasing testing versions, you will be able to download them for free and try them out. You can then send us feedback on how well it worked on your system.
I know I am describing a BETA tester, yet there will be other rewards beyond just being a BETA tester.
A regular Insider has access to the Insider program for a pre-determined length of time after which the Insider status needs to be renewed. A Lifetime insider pays a higher premium but never has to renew.
Yes. After the Operating System release, we have other software development projects that will be bringing forth. Insiders will have access to those software titles as well.
The act of creating a commercial distribution does not negate any advantages of open source nor does it mean that the operating system itself will not be open source.
The problem with giving away a free system is that you rely solely on donations to your project to continue development. This is sustainable (as Linux Mint, Ubuntu and others have proven) but leaves little left to give back to the technologies that support the OS.
By making the distribution a commercial one, Gigastrand can cover the costs, continue development, and give the profits back to the open source projects that help make up the system.
I think people who work very hard on creating some really good software only to give it away for free deserve our support. Gigastrand is creating this operating system as a means to do just that.
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