Linus Torvalds explains the so-called Linux “Desktop” OS: ‘For the last 20 years, I kept hearing how Linux on the Desktop would go mainstream in “five years.” “One of the problems Desktop” Linux has is it’s not made for “normal people, and by normal people I mean, obviously nontechnical people…”‘
However, there are Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes that make great Companion and/or Secondary OSes to Windows 10 or Windows 11. EasyOS 3.1 is “an experimental distribution” that eliminates the need for ‘Pesky‘ Passwords ‘n annoying “Authenticate” popups that are demanded by the gross Linux ‘Nanny‘ (How gross is she? Ask Roy Munson!).
The easy-3.1-amd64.img.gz is just a 522 MB file that I used balenaEtcher to create a bootable USB. No other installing is needed. This EasyOS 3.1 version seems to automatically save all the settings I made, so there is no need to install it anywhere, unless you want to.
That’s what the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 drive looks like now, i.e. after balenaEtcher created it and after I have worked wid it. All my changes were saved automatically, and it’s incredibly *FAST* since it runs in RAM.
Containerized apps appear on the desktop as icons wid a padlock symbol on them. Apparently EasyOS is far more secure than most Linux Distros that are unable to run in RAM and Containers.
Here’s the DE w/o all the icons:
I could temporarily remove the three Containerized app icons (ones wid a padlock symbol), but they came back after reboot or restart. Remember, this is just an “experimental Linux distribution” focused on the simplicity of security, speed, ease of use, no Command Line Interface (CLI), everything configured by simple GUIs, Run as Root (has other options), focused on normal users instead of big Businesses ‘n Corporations, etcetera.
- More info on who the developer is: Barry Kauler – ‘Developed Puppy Linux, Quirky Linux, new EasyOS 2.3 ‘n new EasyPup 2.3’.
- More info on the EasyOS Distro: How and why EasyOS is different.
Do the “normal people” ‘trying‘ to use a Linux Distro as their main “Desktop” OS of choice ever wonder why their chosen Distro is soooooooooooooooooo much *BIGGER* than 522 MB’s? EasyOS probably has most of the same apps as those “normal people” use…EasyOS 3.1 is loaded wid apps! Some examples of bigger Distros: 1) Manjaro Mate’s “Minimal” ISO is 2.18 GB. 2) Manjaro Cinnamon’s “Minimal” ISO is 1.93 GB.
I didn’t check to see how much bigger the standard download sizes were, but apparently they have even more bloatware ‘n spyware in them than the “Minimal” versions do. What? Oh, the Linux ‘Nanny‘ tells you ‘there is no bloatware ‘n spyware‘ in your favorite Distro. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Well, go compare apps…EasyOS may have even more apps…they are loaded wid apps! Then try to figure out why the other Linux Distros need about 1,500 more MBs than EasyOS…
And also, a reminder: EasyOS is an experimental distribution. Very experimental. I play with new ideas, and some of those ideas are a work-in-progress. Bare that in mind, if some functionality is not as you might expect in a mainline Linux distribution. Having said that, you should find the experience to be pleasant. Please let me know if any problems.
EasyOS 3.1 is very impressive! For me, it is more of an experimental ‘Stepping Stone‘ to Puppy Linux, but the concept is probably a tad too advance for me to understand.
It has the Linux Nouveau driver for NVIDIA graphics cards, and I haven’t found a way to change to the NVIDIA drivers (like I can in Puppy Linux). Mr. Barry says he’s still working on that. Graphics are great tho. Hardware recognition is *SUPERB*, as usual.
Will probably move it into Tier Two on the Karmi’s Top 10 5 2 Linux Distros page. Being able to run it as a Fulltime Linux Root User counts a lot. It’s easy to install once, on a USB, and it automatically saves everything after that. Can be used on any computer, so it has excellent ‘Portability‘. Easy to customize. Fast ‘n secure…even more secure when using Containerized apps wid padlock symbol. I haven’t used the terminal once since “GUIs for everything.” No ‘Pesky‘ Passwords or annoying “Authenticate” popups constantly slowing down your workflow!
Thinking about trying Linux? Give EasyOS 3.1 a test drive!
Will add this post to the Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page…
Basically, if a Linux Distro doesn’t at least give you the option of being a Fulltime Linux Root User on it, then it is at least able to spy on you. That Linux Distro is focused on helping big Businesses ‘n Corporations, and they *ALL* want to know what their employees are doing.
‘Hence, the Ones who need a Password for everything, are the Ones who are Spied on. The Ones who don’t need a Password for everything, are running everything, and are doing the Spying.’
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!