First things first: We saw the results of the poll we did – and the majority of you wants a Version 3. So we will consider making one in 2023.
Even more since we recently realized that our competitor “PearOS” got dark – the Homepage wasn’t reachable anymore for a long time.
The Homepage of them is back again in the meantime, maybe also because of this post.
Now let’s take this as an opportuinity to point out some differences between our two projects.
First of all, i know their Homepage looks fancy. We are more simple structured but rock solid. It just works. And we don’t have Ads on our Homepage. So the fancy PearOS Site comes with the price of being full of Ads. And at the end of the day our both homepages are just a nice way to a download-link for the iso which is what most of you are looking for.
As you know, PearOS’s also switched completely to ArchLinux as their system base since their system “nicec0re” – and their focus is on a system which offers you lot’s of animations, blurs, effects and other stuff.
We on the other hand still and always will use Ubuntu as our system base. Otherwise the name “iBuntu” wouldn’t make sence, we than would have to rename “iArch” or “iDontknow” 😉
So PearOs = ArchLinux, iBuntu = Ubuntu
So in a conclusion what should you choose? If you want ArchLinux and like your system to be experimental, go for PearOS. If you want Ubuntu as a base and like your system to be rock solid and stable, go for iBuntu.
Now a few words to our upcomming Version 3 which will be Gnome-based again, since Catalinux will reach EOL next year. It will be Ubuntu 22.04 based and will have MacOS Monterey as design. And yes, it won’t have a global Menue once again since still, Gnome 3 just doesn’t offer that option.
We also will develop a KDE-Neon based Version that will have the latest LTS-Version of Ubuntu (22.04) as OS-Base, the newest Plasma Release for KDE and Mac Ventura as design pattern. But this will be than “Version 4” and a successor to “Lix Sur” – and since we just released Lix Sur 2.1 I don’t see the need to rush with the next Version right now. We stabilized Lix Sur on Ubuntu 20.04 and got rid of the flaws and bugs Version 2.0 still had. So no need to hurry for yet another KDE-based complex Version.
Ubuntu 18.04 – the base for Catalinux – is reaching “End of Life” by Canonical in April 2023, that means from that time on, it won’t recieve any more updates. And that means we also than will discontinue supporting and advertising Catalinux – and a successor to Catalinux is needed.
So expect Versions 3 to come out before April 2023 – and Version 4 somewhat around Summer.
Like I said, I am not in a hurry here with the KDE-Version, I only will do it because the majority of the voters wanted it but I am totally honest with you, I don’t have stakes in this. I do it because you want it but my heart is and will always be with Gnome.