After taking another pass at a bunch of Linux distributions, I feel it's important to detail the most important things to me.
This can now be here to act as a kind of checklist for considering a distribution.
Before I even begin ∞
- A decent website which includes philosophies and the other things I need to know.
- Active development.
- Rolling release.
LiveUSB, or the installer can be placed on a USB stick.
- n/a, it seems that isohybrid makes this universal.
- A decent community, especially if the distro is more complex. Forum, wiki, or whatever.
Documentation, especially on prepping the liveUSB.
Entirely unrelated to RedHat.
Other hardware supported ∞
- Raspberry Pi gets a pat on the head.
- CubieTruck get bonus points.
- Pandora gets additional bonus points.
Pyra (Pandora 2) gets a reacharound.
Software omitted ∞
- I don't want another init as "optional". I want a distribution to have a firm stance against it.
I'm thinking of going back to a 32bit distribution. I have very old binaries I'd like to get going again without fucking around with a chroot.
Avoid gvfs, udisks.
Consider MATE (a fork of GNOME 2) as a desktop to avoid some of the other bloat others have.
Software included ∞
- A package manager with dependency resolution.
Testing out a liveUSB ∞
Automagical bootloader installation and maintenance.
A proper textmode resolution and font.