Cross-posted from: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/112089348 ... Az3e6TRovY
After thinking deeply (I know, it happens) about upcoming technologies, new concepts, blah this, blah that....
Here's my thinking.
Aim for a stable Evolve OS release *around* December. Now I'm going to re-emphasize that. *AROUND*. Not guaranteed, but rough guide, ok?
Support for 2 years for version 1 of Evolve OS.
No rolling release.
Mostly static base system with updates when needed (security, bug fixes that do not break things and aren't security issues.)
Up to date applications. This is your userland stuff, like LibreOffice, Firefox, VLC, the usual stuff you'd expect us to have.
Evolve OS 2, ~2016, you must be able to update from Evolve OS 1 transparently. How this is handled is something we'll think about later. Really.
Evolve OS 1 will still only ship as x86_64. If we gain resources for Evolve OS 2, we'll consider other arches. Given that Evolve OS 2 would be 2016-2017, it makes little sense to support 32-bit, 2 years and a bit from now.
Evolve OS will only concern itself with being a user friendly Linux distribution, and advancing concepts in user-friendliness. Like, managing the low level stuff for you.
What it wont be: A tablet OS. A server OS. Anything apart from a desktop Linux distribution.
What it will have:
Ease of use and installation.
Budgie Desktop based on GNOME3.14. GNOME base will not update again during this 2 year period. Budgie and GNOME will recieve bug fixes and updates that are applicable - but we will not seek to chase version numbers.
We will not chase linux kernels, glibc versions, etc. You will have a *stable* base. To some, that means old. To us, that means reliable.
This is final. Thanks for your time in reading this
Thanks also for feedback from people from various conversations on G+ and the forums.