For a while it has been known that a new installer has been in the works. I would like to go ahead and announce that it will be available on the next RC for all versions, including the server. As it will be the first public release, the old installer will be included in case of serious bugs with the new one, if they do indeed happen. The installer will be logging everything it does, so should it crash or work incorrectly, all of that information can be retrieved and fixed.
Now, I’m not a graphic artist, but here’s a work in progress shot of one of the installer steps:
When all of the actual UI work is done, it will be handed off to the Adonis Linux graphic artist to make it look as good as possible. What you can’t see is the back end, which is still undergoing a lot of work. There was a decision made and that was to allow users to customize packages during the install. For the regular versions, this means being able to install dropbox, netbeans, etc before even booting into the system. As this project continues, I’ll change what is included based on what users desire. This decision means two things:
1. The iso is going to be larger because of the extra packages. A minimal iso without these is being considered.
2. The base system without these packages will be smaller, as result of some things not being installed by default. I’m trying to find the balance between what to install and what to leave out.
This leads me to the server version of Adonis Linux. It too will feature the same installer, however it will obviously focus on various tools for maintaining the system, such as web,email,dns, etc. Installing the desktop environment will also be optional, allowing you to use less resources at idle. To help maintain Adonis Server, a very thorough web UI is being worked on. It will allow you to monitor and manage your server from any computer with internet access. A phone friendly app is also being considered as well, so you can always know what is going on no matter where you are. This project is still in the planning stages, but it will begin being worked on shortly.
The installer should see it’s finishing touches done by the end of August, at which point it will being seeing a variety of testing on various hardware setups and configurations. Lastly, there is one more thing that should be mentioned, of some importance. The end of this month the 30th, to be exact, is the 1 year anniversary of when I first started this project. The goals have changed; windows compatibility is no longer my goal. To provide a complete system that is both beautiful and easy to use is my goal. It is my passion. Someone once told me that “You are windowizing linux.”. At first, I didn’t know how to take that. They then went on to say “The UI of Windows and the freedom of Linux….that is perfection.”. I know I have my heart in the right place now; this project has already become so much more then I could have ever asked. To anyone who has ever tried it, tested it, given advice, reviewed it, even mentioned it, I thank you all. It’s been a wonderful ride so far.