Greetings everyone. The last week I was (and still am) deep dived in technical tests for our Version 2. Main Problem so far: If we upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 as a base we are faced with the fact that our Building-Tool we used so far to produce our final relase-images (Bodhibuilder from Bodhi Linux) won’t work anymore. And on Version 18.04 with KDE Neon it would still run, but our goal really is to present a Version 2 of iBuntu with Ubuntu 20.04 as Base and KDE 5.19 on Top, so we definitely need a Solution for 20.04.
So I thought ok, there is a guy from germany who coded his own fork of the good old remastersys script, wrapped in python this time, and this could be the trick: Let’s just fork his project and adjust it for our needs..
But hell after 23 test-builds so far I am almost at the point of giving up. First it didn’t boot at all, than I decided to merge some of the functional code of the Bodhibuilder into our new iBuntubuilder – than switched several times between ubiquity and calamares as default-installer – just to now being stucked with a installation that ran through but than won’t boot up after Installation. And this is not only a problem of the builder. This is also one of the many “bugs” (or let us say “features”) of KDE. In fact KDE is so full of these things, it hang up during my tests and development-phase several times, I found out that we will have to do a lot of customization to bring you features like Symbols of mounted devices on desktop and so on… really if not all peoople around me would say they just love the look&feel of KDE we definitely would stick with gnome, since gnome is maybe more simplistic but hell, compared to KDE it’s stable like a mountain.
Since I wrote the first version of this weekyl Blog-entry things changed, I got our builder to work, made a own GUI with PySimpleGUI for it and yes, now we can begin the “real” development of Version 2.0 of iBuntu, based on KDE.
But still I think it will be a lot more effort for me this time to give you really the almost-full mac-like experiance, since with KDE i can’t get things as easy to fly like it would be on Gnome. But we will see.