I am almost completing 18 months come end of March of downloading and testing Linux Live CDs and lately few of the DVDs.
All good things have to come to an end and with Sinhala Linux coming to the scene without fanfare or funfair after a long delay, I will be concentrating on that instead of the Live CDs but with occasional reference to them (not full time as it used to be for nearly 18 months).
Real reason for this venture was the boring one year election campaign and as a diversion tactics of an intellectual nature.
The things I learned was enormous.
Sinhala Linux coming at the tail end was quite a surprise.
It looks as some of my critical comments are taken with serious attention and lot of my audience is not Sri-Lankans but Americans and far way web browsers.
I believe my comments were only academic and may be some times constructive but lot of things not intended by me has / have happened.
In the Grand Finale, I would like to list few.
1. Multilingual Distributions are coming from EU and South America which is pretty good.
2. French is also becoming a leading language of distributions.
3. Light weight and multiple editions are hitting the bench.,emulating PCLimux. Sabayon (Gentoo), Salix(Slackware), Aptosid (Debain), Fedora (Redhat) and Zenwalk are examples.
4. Some dormant like Korora coming out of the attic.
5. Distributions are looking at others to emulate or improve the Linux image.
6. Dominance of Ubuntu is diminishing and Ubuntu also looking for an image lift.
7. Redhat has come out of hibernation.
8. Debian is showing its prowess and slowly and rightly embracing the changes. Lot of live editions including Sinhala Linux edition.
9. Flame wars are becoming less intense but critical and constructive.
10. With all these I am becoming rejuvenated at my twilight years and old and young are coming together for a Grand Finale.
11. Puppy (front pocket) and Knoppix (piggyback) remain my favorites.
12. Pendrives are ubiquitous.
Only criticism I have is the children programs (except gCompris and few others) and games have been neglected.
Morphix, Myah and Adios are slow to wake up from hibernation or slumber.
Young chaps take them out of the attic and put some the grandpa influence on the map and make some really grandiose games and creative activities (for children and grandpa like me) and reinvigorate the Linux spirit of the yesteryear.