Bringing Linux Customization to the End User
Various flavors of linux exist. Ubuntu has a lot of derivates for different use cases: education, office, low-memory, … .
How can we allow the average users to customize their own linux distribution?
The User Interface
A simple user interface can be a website as prototyped by codersos/create. The users can choose among different flavors of the UI, programs an packages. Next, they submit their customization to a server and get feedback about the build. When the build is done, they get notified or download the file automatically.
The architecture consists of several components:
- The website for the user
- The logic (proxy) to create a build
- The build services (Travis, self-hosted, gitlab-ci, …)
- The repository with the linux build
- The meta packages to keep older builds updated
The user goes to the github pages served website. A specification is created. This spec can be downloaded, loaded, sent to the proxy. A proxy is chosen by the website based on availability.
(2) Build Server is Chosen
The proxy chooses a build sever to send the spec to.
- Travis and Gitlab-CI
In these cases the proxy passes the specification to the repository by creating a commit with a tag and pushing this.
This is an own build service.
A way to recognize whether a build was successful/which state it has, … is communicated back to the website.
(3) Image Build
The repository is built by the build service. The correspnding image and output is pushed to a release somewhere.
During the build, the meta packages are used. They allow updating the resulting distribution in the future.
Problems are discussed in issues.
In order to spread the knowledge, students can not merge their own pull-requests but those others. (Inspiration)
The APIs are defined and discussed first:
- We keep the architecture clean
- development details do not creep through several repostories and increase required expert knowledge for contribution
- The development speed is constant
- We document and talk wich is a basis for collaboration
- connect to wifi
- turn notifications off
- browser start page is event
- presentation tools like libre office are installed
- owncloud/nextcloud to share files and slides, authenticated
- onedrive, dropbox?
- same user/password
- Programming clubs?
- environments and languages
- see CoderDojoOs
- Home & Office
not sure if this is important as there is so much
Tools like customizer exist as a GUI and can be automated using continuous integration servers such as Travis. The pager about the live-addon-maker provides further research.
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