Evolve OS, a Linux distribution that is in the works and aims to marry both modern and traditional trends, has been announced.The new Linux distro is built by Ikey Doherty, the same developer who made the beautiful SolusOS. Even if that project is now done with, the developer wanted to make something different from what users can find in the Linux ecosystem.
As it stands right now, most of the operating systems are divided in two major camps, with very few exceptions. One holds the modern desktops, the progressivist developers, and the rest. The other camp is home to the traditionalists, the people who liked how the desktop looked 10 years ago and who don't want things to change.
What if someone tried to combine the two opposing camps into a modern traditional operating system with a beautiful desktop?
“Evolve OS is an independent Linux distribution that intends to be both modern and traditional at the same time, easing the transition for new users from other operating systems, or indeed other Linux distributions. As a project, new concepts and ideas will be tested within EvolveOS, with the hope of pushing these ideas into larger projects, who cannot themselves engage in so many new ideas and sidetracks.”
“Everyone and anyone is encouraged to jump in and start helping. Evolve OS provides a compact and nimble base, whilst offering a traditional yet modern desktop, up to date user-land applications and a wealth of experience in the development of Linux distributions,” said Ikey Doherty on this website.
The Evolve OS developer wants to follow a simple set of rules and has defined the goals of the operating system. First of all, the project will feature the Budgie desktop environment, which is based on the GNOME 3 stack. Some work has been done already and users can test it in OpenSUSE.
The distribution will also try to implement some new applications developed specifically for this OS, it will be completely open source with a few exceptions (the video drivers for example), it will be as stable as possible, and users must have access to the latest packages, be they Firefox or VLC.
Users can test the operating system even if it's still in the pre-Alpha stages, but it's not really usable right now, unless you want to help with the testing on various hardware configurations. The first complete version with a desktop environment and other packages will be ready in a couple of weeks.