My investigation of over 100 Linux distributions has taken me into uncharted quarters. EyeOs was on such uncharted waters.
In the beginning, in the haste of completing the first 100 (tested) tests, I would download anything and everything and test them and write a little brief, sometimes with very little sentiment.
EyeNux was one of them and it escaped my careful evaluation.
But I love “the small is beautiful” principle and all the small ones which included WordPress, Moodle, MySQL, MySQL Admin and PHP (TurnKey Derivatives) were placed in a small 20 CD case for future use and reference.
They were in cold storage for sometime.
All of them in someway or other are server oriented and not desktop oriented utilities where Apache is essential for proper functionality and I never tested them for in depth analysis.
I am a desktop user and not a server administrator.
My entry to Cloud computing is late and the fact that I could not get any worthwhile desktop functionality from JoliCloud, I decided to investigate. I registered myself with Jolicloud and started digging deep and I accidentally bumped into EyeOs and suddenly it awakened me that I had an OS with some Eye catching name (forgotten EyeNux but remembered only the eye part) in my attic.
After 24 hours of searching (out of over 400 Linux CD/DVDs) I found the CD Case and in the second page or the CD cover slip, I found the EyeNux.
An installable small Linux OS.
It is more of a Web OS.
Before that I downloaded the tar file of eyeOs and extracted it and I tried activating it (not installing by definition since it is a web base utility and not a desktop) for about two hours in my PCLinuxFullMonty desktop and I could not run it.
My computer is a desktop not a server running Apache so this tar file extracted could not be activated to run in my Linux desktop.
Then for another two hours I tried to find an iso file of EyeOs and I could not find one.
Desperate I went in search of the EyeOS in my archive. One important benefit of downloading and archiving old Linux distribution is that when one wants to test it is available to you and no need of wasting hours and hours looking it in a web archive. I downloaded it from Distromania, strangely enough and Distroamina site is now defunct. I had the similar problem with PocketWriter Linux which is a Slackware derivative.
One cannot find an iso file of PocketWriter in the web.
We are in this consumer age and the moment we get a new gadget we dump the old one unceremoniously.
There were no updates for EyeNux from 2007 and a wonderful idea has gone into hibernation.
It is 310 odd MiB distribution with 30 odd MiB Web OS desktop (i.e eyeOS).
It is Mandrake based or may be Unity based and is a wonderful little distribution. This distribution should be revamped with 2.5 WebOS of HP (if it is released to Open Source) instead of 1.2 eyeOS.
I will paste a few of the original visions below for your perusal.
EyeNux is a new kind of Operating System which allows one to use one’s own personal data and applications from anywhere in the World, at any time. EyeNux application is based on the Linux Kernel, a very stable and a fast Operating System, and uses the eyeOS Desktop, a totally Web Based Desktop Environment.
So, with eyeNux, one can simply connect to the on line (or local, if you don’t have an Internet connection) eyeOS Desktop, manipulate the files, play games or do whatever one intends to do without having to install anything.
EyeOS is an Open Source Platform designed to hold a wide variety of Web Applications over it. EyeOS was thought as a new definition of Operating System, where everything inside it can be accessed from everywhere in a Network. All one needs to do is to login into the eyeOS server with a normal Internet Browser, and access one’s personal desktop, with one’s own applications, documents, music and movies.
EyeOS is scalable, so everyone can port an existing PHP application to eyeOS and create a meta-package for installing it.
Currently, with the base system one can find a full suite of applications bundled, some for private use, like the file manager, a word processor, a music player, calendar, notepad or contacts manager. There are also some groupware applications, such as a group manager, a file sharing application, a group board and many more.
EyeOS is Open Source, licensed under the GNU Public License version 3 (GPL3), which means that one can have one’s own private eyeOS server for one’s Family and Friends, Company or Web Network, completely free.
But it also means that one can browse through the eyeOS source code and access the eyeOS development tools to customize the system and develop new applications that fits one’s specific needs.
If one wants to start using eyeOS, one can join the International eyeOS free server, or create one’s own eyeOS server easily and be able to decide who can join it and customize it to the group needs.
Unlike other services one has to do the maintenance oneself.
Creating one’s own eyeOS server is actually very easy. All one needs is a web server with PHP support, and even without that, one will find complete solutions that will install all one’s needs to start using eyeOS in a few minutes.
EyeOS is all about centering the work and entertainment to a single place.
EyeOS is all about removing compatibility issues between applications and operating systems.
EyeOS is all about taking one’s life everywhere.
As one can see, the idea behind eyeOS was not to have an Operating System inside an Operating System, or a browser inside a browser.
EyeOS is another step in the digital era and it is a cloud within a cloud.
JoliCloud and EyeOS
If you want to join the cloud with your existing paraphernalia that goes with your email identity, JoliCloud is for you. One can make a Jolicloud U.S.B stick but one does not need even that if the browser is cloud ready like Google Chrome.
Just type Jolicloud in Google and register with a name and your email.
Once one is with the Jolicloud and integrating one’s favorite utilities is breezy and is seamless.
This is something one should not miss.
What is Eye OS?
This is a tiny Web OS that is sponsored by free software Sourceforge Foundation.
It is the cutest Linux package one can have.
One can integrate all one’s blog sites with Jolicloud and one need not carry even a Pendrive if you have a thin client access but Google Chrome is essential and I believe a tablet with android or Kindle will get one connected.
Whole world is going to change with cloud computing whether you like it or not.
One can synchronize with Dropbox but there is no Ubuntu One at the moment.
I hope Ubuntu One will fix this problem soon.