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By Patrick Fox
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Proof of Concept

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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About

I want to allow everyone to have easy access to GNU/Linux technology by offering it free of charge on a dedicated platform (website with information, forum and downloading) - an operating system derived from Ubuntu distribution and able to be installed on an external disk such as a USB key.

This system, which I have named "Libre OS USB", will offer data persistency on its support, unlike an ordinary live-cd, for use as a mobile office or in troubleshooting. The most common free applications will be preinstalled and others could be added by its owner. It would also be possible in a few clicks to configure the language of the interface and the keyboard layout, and eventually to reach the Cloud services of your choice - if internet access is available.

A password-protected welcome screen would allow the user to access the interface and unlock the encrypted personal directories of his choice. Based on the latest version of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, the system will be able to boot from a USB key on any 64-bit PC, in fact from almost any PC manufactured in the last ten years.

Being an independent computer programmer, I want to find sufficient funds to enable me to devote time and complete my project. The desired economic model is to raise funds every two years, in line with the Ubuntu “Long Term Service” versions which are the raw material of the Libre OS USB system. I will also provide every 6 months intermediate versions based on the latest version of Ubuntu. My aim is to distribute my operating system free of charge and eventually create a community of users and contributors around the project.

Risks and challenges

Technically I have already resolved any obstacles with a Libre OS USB system that matured in version 5. In France I have already sold some copies on USB key. The product has been appreciated and I now wish to have more ideas and feedback from users at an international level. This would ensure that this operating system remains free and can continue into the future.

Since this is a computer tool, it requires that the user has some knowledge about the running of his computer, especially about the choice of the boot device. This is because the system support is a key or a disk connected by USB. My system supports both Legacy and UEFI boots with or without Secure Boot.

After considering the means to finance this project, I think that using crowd-funding at an international level will make the product freely available (for downloading) to everyone, which should contribute to its future success.

At every major change in Ubuntu's Long Term Service (every 2 years), the project will need major development and will require new funding. However the idea with this first international funding is to allow the project to go ahead and to allow me some remuneration.

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    Encouragement

    To encourage me completing the project. You will be able to download the system once achieved and access documentation.

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    Receive the product on a 16GB usb key

    In addition to access downloads and documentation I will send you the system installed on a 16 GB usb key wherever you are in the world.

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    Receive the product on a 32GB usb key

    In addition to access downloads and documentation I will send you the system installed on a 32 GB usb key wherever you are in the world.

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