…and so it has begun all of a sudden.

It is a simple project that I am currently working on.  For the longest time, I have been looking for a main operating environment for all the computers that I do things on, such as posting to this blog and putting together the magazine which I am sure by now has been seen as dead.  Rest assured, that it is not.

Anyway, the distribution that was one of the best before I got my ASUS notebook from Justin Breithaupt was none other than PCLinuxOS.  It is well put together, and with the Mini-Me 2008 CD, I went off to do a re-master.  It is mainly a learning experience for me, but I want to share it with others.

Why LiGNU?

I know there has been some naming convention issues with many of the *nix distributions out there.  Some call it Linux, others call it GNU/Linux.  The title of this re-master is the combination of both words.  It signifies that the system runs off the Linux kernel and contains GNU software running on top of it.  To me, it works much better than saying “slash” or “plus” in between words, especially when trying to avoid the glazed over eyes look from a potentially new user of such software in the first place.

What is LiGNU?

Simply put, it is an operating environment for personal computers (Intel and Intel-compatible) that is based on PCLinuxOS.  The 2008 Mini-Me edition is used as the foundation with additional software installed via the Internet.  The user interface is tweaked so that Microsoft Windows users may be more comfortable migrating to a new system.

I welcome any and all input.  What applications would you recommend for the new user of any *nix-based system?  How should the menu be arranged?  What shortcuts should be placed on the desktop and how many shortcuts should there be?

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