New users are often intimidated by the amount of time and effort required to customize a open source operating system to work on their devices after a fresh installation. Same goes for old users planning to buy a new laptop. It is often difficult to figure out if a new model will work in harmony with Linux or other open source OSes. Distroshare is a new online service trying to solve this problem.
Custom open source distro images for users by users.
The intent is – you can search and find the exact customized distro for your hardware or model and use it without solving the same problem twice. You can even test drive them from USB instead of installing on your hardware first. Where will the images come from? Users like you who sometimes spend months in customizing a OS create them and share for the benefit of others. Isn’t that a great advantage of using open source? Closed-source OSes can’t be redistributed at will like this!
The shared material can be in the form of images or scripts or how-tos. Security is of prime importance and there are provisions to make sure the images are safe and clean of malware. However, 100% security cannot be guaranteed in this kind of OS image sharing approach and the authors request to bring any issues to their notice so they can remove the rogue packages.
Every device is different. Every device needs different customizations. If the problem of repeat customization is solved it would be a great achievement. This is why the success of Distroshare is important. At the time of writing you will find only one image uploaded by the creators of Distroshare but let’s hope we find many more soon.