Bedrock Linux is a Linux distribution created with the aim of making most of the (often seemingly mutually-exclusive) benefits of various other Linux distributions available simultaneously and transparently.
If one would like a rock-solid stable base (for example, from Debian or a RHEL clone) yet still have easy access to cutting-edge packages (from, say, Arch Linux), automate compiling packages with Gentoo's portage, and ensure that software aimed only for the ever popular Ubuntu will run smoothly - all at the same time, in the same distribution - Bedrock Linux will provide a means to achieve this. Watch a demonstration and read the introduction and FAQ for more.
The founder and lead developer of Bedrock Linux was interviewed on not one, but two Linux podcasts in the last few days: Linux in the Ham Shack and The Linux Link Tech Show. If you would like to listen in, both were recorded. Linux in the Ham Shack's podcast is not up yet, but you can listen to TLLTS here:
Look for episode 506 on May 22, 2013. The discussion veers away from Bedrock Linux after about the first hour.
Another news item will likely be put up once the Linux in the Ham Shack interview, episode 107, goes up.
The April fools joke for 2013:
The primary complaint about the Bedrock OS project throughout its history is that it is insufficiently user friend. To quote Jonathan Corbert of Linux Weekly News:
[Bedrock Linux] may be especially well suited for those users who have gotten frustrated with the way distributions like Gentoo do everything for them.
Clearly, this needs to be remedied. The Bedrock Linux developers feel very strong that if you're going to do something, you should do it right, and no Linux-based operation system has ever gotten the reputation for user-friendliness that OSX has. Switching to OSX is a necessity if the Bedrock OS is ever going to become truly user friendly.
From a technical standpoint it seems quite doable. The crux of how Bedrock works under the hood - chroot() - is available on OSX as well. Apple OSX is UNIX. Moreover, work to make things like CUPS or webkit work on Bedrock will cleanly carry over.
Really, there isn't any downside. This Linux thing was never going to catch on anyways. The upsides, though, are tremendous. Consider:
Rosetta - the PowerPC-x86 binary translator for OSX - is not supported on OSX as of 10.7 "Lion". What about those poor people who bought software like Diablo 2 for OSX in the PowerPC days? With Bedrock OSX, they can just use an older OSX release that supports Rosetta and play Diablo 2 on their shiny newer OSX!
The latest version of OSX, as of the time of writing, has some applications crash when a user enters "FILE:///" into a number of text objects, such as a Finder window's search box. Prior releases of OSX did not have this. You could simply use an older Finder release until this is fixed!
With Linux, the lack of standardization makes developing Bedrock OS a pain. If some obscure distro does things in a way the Bedrock developers are not familiar, it might not work out of the box as a client. OSX, however, has a known number of releases. We just have to support those. Much easier. Bedrock development will likely speed up greatly once the switch has occurred.
However, converting the base project will take about one year. Expect Bedrock OSX to be available on April 1st, 2014.
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