The Evo/Lution Linux Project

ElogoIn my years of using Arch Linux, I’ve thought it had potential for a much more diverse user base than what is commonly accepted as practical.  We’re offering Arch as great foundation to build upon, to a more diverse group of users.  We have created an easy to use cli installer, a user centric, community driven, friendly support community, and are working on documentation with these users needs specifically in mind, to turn these ideas into a reality.

 


Announcement Sep 10, 2014: Due to receiving a barrage of comment spam daily, combined with getting the new forums up, I’ve decided to shut down the comment feature on this blog.  I truly enjoyed the feedback and discussions here, and would encourage it to be redirected to the new forums. Thanks, Jeff

Announcement Sep 10, 2014:  The Evo/Lution Project gets a new website, forums, and a wiki is in process. On the todo list also include on site .iso downloads, bug tracking, etc.

New Evo/Lution website: http://www.evolutionlinux.com
New Evo/Lution forums: http://www.evolutionlinux.com/forums
New Evo/Lution Wiki: http://www.evolutionlinux.info
Evo/Lution Downloads: http://www.evolutionlinux.com/downloads.html
Evo/Lution on Github: https://github.com/EvoLutionLinux

 

Announcement Aug 23, 2014:  Lution-AIS 0.2  officially released! Evo/Lution continues to evolve! I’m excited to announce that an all new live CD, with Openbox-based Evo ISO +  new Lution-AIS installer is officially available for download.

The Evo/Lution Project continues to evolve, and as a result, the live CD has taken another bold step. Evo, the live Arch based CD, now uses the lightweight, minimalist, Openbox environment.  Lution, the original graphical installer, has been replaced by Lution-AIS, a command-line installer, Forked from the Arch install scripts by helmuthdu.

The new Evo/Lution live CD is the easiest to use, most flexible, powerful CLI installer ever designed for Linux!

A great video review of Evo/Lution-AIS by Matthew Moore

FEATURES:

- Supports BIOS and UEFI systems
- Available for both 32 and 64 bit systems
- Choice of the latest or LTS kernel
- Choice of seven desktop environments – most with multiple download options – and six window managers (any, all, or none of them)
- Choice of up to four display managers (login screens)
- Choice of four network connection managers
- Choice of up to three bootloaders for UEFI, or two for BIOS systems
- Supports Logical Volume Management (LVM) and Encryption (LUKS)
– Automated Virtualbox configuration or pick from the most popular opensource graphics drivers
- Add any number of personal user accounts

 Download:  https://sourceforge.net/projects/evolutionlinux/

The Evo/Lution Linux Project Forums

Evo/Lution On Github

New Evo/Lution Website http://www.evolutionlinux.com/

 

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NSA targets Linux Journal as ‘extremist forum': Report

LJ-Extremist-black-stampThe Linux Journal, a Linux user community website, has been flagged as an “extremist forum” by the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA).

This is another good example of the absolute FAILURE of the NSA to perform their job as originally defined, and this huge steaming pile of shit is funded by out tax dollars!!!

Read the article for details

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Funtoo Linux

Funtoo_logoFuntoo and Gentoo Linux founder Daniel Robbins has an interesting and refreshing take on the importance of developer attitudes. Listen to this interview of Daniel Robbins. http://distrocast.org/?p=150

 

Quote starting at 4:35, regarding developers:   “for Funtoo, it’s more important to get people who care about helping people and have the right attitude on the project than it is getting people who are technically skilled”

I really like hearing this from the Funtoo Linux project leader. I’ve come to learn this is an important aspect for me as a Linux distro user, community member, and contributer.

I’ll be taking a closer look and likely install Funtoo in the near future to check it out. Depending on how this test goes, this just may be a new Linux Distro for me!  I’ll be giving my opinion of Funtoo and test results here in the future.

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The Evo/Lution Linux Project

Announcement June 5, 2014: A positive, interesting perspective on Evo/Lution: http://linuxcoalition.com/2014/05/wrapped-a-little-too-tightly/

Announcement May 12, 2014:    Evo/Lution  has been downloaded more than 6000 times over the last month.

Announcement April 14, 2014:    Evo-0.9-12a.iso  is available for download on SourceForge. Notice the “a”.  This indicates that this is a thoroughly tested version with a confirmed md5sum.

Announcement April 14, 2014:    It was discovered today, the Evo-0.9-12.iso previously available on SourceForge for download was corrupt. During the upload process, something happened resulting in iso corruption. The md5sum did not match the tested version on my machine. My apologies, and sorry for any inconveniences.

A new upload process will be implemented to prevent a repeat of this error in the future. A text file containing the proper md5sum will be uploaded to SourceForge prior to the iso image. This text file will be labeled as follows:

Evo-[version#].iso-md5sum

Every new iso released will be verified for correct md5sum after uploading to verify CD image integrity.

The Evo-0.9-12.iso was removed from SourceForge. This version will be re-upload to SourceForge as version Evo-0.9-12a.iso, following an upload first, of the md5sum verification file:

Evo-0.9-12a.iso-md5sum 

Please be sure to use the md5sum provided in the uploaded file before the one provided by SourceForge. If everything is correct, the checksum provided in the file will match the one provided by SourceForge, and it should also match the md5sum you get from the downloaded .iso.

 

Announcement April 6, 2014:   Sent Linus Torvalds an email asking him to consider switching from Fedora to Arch using Evo/Lution to install. I read he prefers an “easy to install” Linux distro.

 Announcement April 5, 2014:  We’ve set up a new Evo/Lution Forum today. Lets please use the forum for all future discussion of Evo/Lution. Thanks, Jeff  http://evolution.boardhost.com/index.php

Announcement April 4, 2014:    Due to demand to include KDE in the Lution Arch Linux installer, as of today there is a separate Live CD to install KDE and Razor-QT. The new CD is Evo-QT-0.2.iso. I need  testers and feedback for this new CD. More QT based systems possibly added in the future, depending on demand.

Announcement March 26, 2014:     As of today, the name Fu-rch will no longer be used for this project. The installer is currently going through a re-branding process to remove all references to “Fu-rch”, and the name will be replaced with the new project name, “Evo/Lution”.

 

The new project name:  The Evo/Lution Linux Project

The new live CD name: Evo

The new Arch GUI installer name: Lution

All future releases will reflect these name changes

 Download Evo/Lution

The Fu-rch  project has evolved from an idea, to something that is rapidly expanding and seems viable as a proper Linux project. This will require the former Fu-rch Project, now known as the Evo/Lution Linux Project, to make changes to keep up with demand, and properly support the new users.

A new website www.evolutionlinux.com is in the works. It will have everything in place to properly support the new users who used the Fu-rch GUI Installer, and those in the future who will use the Lution Graphical Installer, to install Arch.

The project direction, ideas and goals will remain unchanged. This name change is to eliminate any possible misconceptions or misunderstanding surrounding the former name.  The Evo/Lution Linux project believes the new name more appropriately represents the current and future of this project. Sorry for any confusion or issues caused by the former name or the name change in general.

 

 

It’s been said that Unix/Linux, and specifically Arch Linux is

The operating system by developers for developers

Quotes from the Arch Linux Magazine article, Arch Is Not a Democracy :

Arch is really a “Cooperative Anarchy”

The Arch development team itself is a “Voluntary Oligarchy”

 

 

The Evo/Lution project is a paradigm shift opposing that view

Evo/Lution is for the users of Arch Linux

Our goal ….. Making Arch User Friendly and Easy

Our Motto ….. The operating system by the users for the users

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The Evo live CD is an Arch based OS that cannot be installed. It is simply a platform to run the Lution installer.

The Lution GUI installer is made to install Arch Linux. It has options to install anything ranging from the Arch base, to base + the packages you select, including complete turn key desktop environments.

The installer downloads all the packages you select from the Arch repositories during the install process so you always end up with a current snapshot of Arch.

An Fu-rch Video Review

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 Evo/Lution on SourceForge

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An Evo/Lution Community …. Lets Think Outside The Box

The Facts

I’ve used Arch Linux for a little over 5 years. During this time, I contributed to the Arch community as a token of appreciation for use of the high quality, free of charge, Arch Linux distro. As an Arch community member, I contributed via the wiki, and donated monetarily. During the early years, I’d often browse the forums to read posts, reference the wiki, and read everything I could get my hands on about Arch Linux. In the beginning, my thoughts about the community were all good. As time passed however, I slowly began to feel a negative vibe from within the Arch community. The way some of the top ranking community members interacted with their subordinates began to wear on me. Many of the decisions made by the same top ranking community members also bothered me. So fast forward to today. I no longer consider myself aligned with or want to be part of the Arch community, for various reasons.

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I believe it’s fair to say the Arch community is primarily oriented towards attracting users who can contribute to the Arch coding and related chores. Arch Linux discourages the casual Linux users from using Arch by the implementation of rules. One of these rules that I strongly oppose is GUI installers being prohibited and not allowed to be discussed on the forums.

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In my years of using Arch, I’ve always thought that the distro has much more, newer Linux user potential than the Arch community will tolerate. It’s my opinion that Arch could be an awesome alternative for the fairly new Linux users if a complete and proper source of documentation was available. This is where the Arch GUI installer along with an alternative community oriented towards these Arch newbies come into play.

Fu-rch Community Direction, Ideas, and Goals

Lets fork and or expand the Arch community by offering an alternative. Lets not fork the already excellent, Arch OS, or create another derivative distro. We would use the freely available Arch Linux code similar to the way the CentOS project uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) code.

The Fu-rch community would differ significantly from the Arch community.

The Fu-rch community will be completely democratically governed.

The Fu-rch community will welcome all levels of Arch Linux users including the new.

One of the main purposes of a forum would be for users to contribute wiki upgrades. Any forum posts seeking help that had the subject available in the wiki, would be replied to with a link to the appropriate wiki section. If the wiki section proved inadequate for the op, he would be encouraged to post why along with info to clarify. This would remain on the forum, as a source for other users searching for info. Other users also finding this info useful would give a vote of approval.

The users would be encouraged to find solutions to problems by referencing the Fu-rch forum and wiki, the Arch Linux forums and wiki as readers only, Google, man pages, etc.

If it was discovered by a user that info was lacking in the Fu-rch wiki, posting the appropriate missing information on the forum, with a link to the wiki page would be strongly encouraged.

The Fu-rch forum would also need more informal sections, for the more traditional subjects. The members would be encourage to communicate there about all other subjects.

A top priority within the Fu-rch community will be to make all registered members feel welcome and comfortable, by implementing a much more relaxed atmosphere than is the case of the Arch forums.

 

The Fu-rch wiki

In the Fu-rch community, the wiki would be the focus, rather than the laborious task of maintaining and upgrading code as in a traditional Linux distribution. This alternative Arch community would use freely available Arch code.

Initially, a copy of the Arch wiki content would be transferred to an Fu-rch wiki.

Contributions and changes to the Fu-rch wiki would be democratically selected through a message board as follows:

The contributions and changes to the Fu-rch wiki will be applied to the message board and added to the wiki by a group of voted in users.

Any new contributions, changes or conflicts would be decided by the community through an “approve” vote count under the posted contribution.

example: A user finds the networkmanager section of the wiki missing important info and not clear. Then that user comes up with the appropriate missing info, and posts it to the message board. Then all other users who also found the wiki lacking, and agreeing that the new info posted in the message board clearly covers the original wiki deficit, would add an “approve” vote to be counted . After a threshold number of “approval” votes are made, the content is added to the wiki.

This threshold number will also be set by a community vote, and will be subjected to change by a community vote.

Various Linux skill level users would have an equal say in the direction and information contained within the Fu-rch wiki. Therefore, it would eventually be a quick, easy, accurate, and complete source of information to turn to upon having questions or problems that all skill level users would find useful.

It’s been pointed out that the purpose of a wiki is to allow anyone registered to make contributions. The Fu-rch method of democratically controlling the wiki additions by a voted in group really wouldn’t take away anything except preventing a small number of normally operated wiki contributers running rouge and attempting to take ownership. If a wiki contribution was deemed to be an addition via vote count, it seems likely if it was deleted or changed beyond recognition, a contributer or voter would speak up and the transaction records would show who was responsible.

Long Term

The long term lofty goal of the “live DVD Fu-rch distro” would be to surpass the distro watch ranking of Arch Linux, but more seriously, for the Fu-rch wiki to undisputedly surpass the usefulness of the Arch wiki for the average Arch users.

Another long term goal would be to enable Arch Linux to become the unchallenged first choice, after a newbie Linux distro user seeks more. This would be accomplished through Fu-rch providing a GUI installer, combined with more accurate, condensed, complete, and single sourced wiki information than is currently allowed by Arch.  (a few cases of many suggested improvements not allowed by Arch, this , this ,and this ) The Fu-rch wiki would be oriented towards a wide “skill level” range of users, from the somewhat new Linux user through very experienced Linux gurus without douchbags prohibiting improvements.

 

Thoughts

I can understand (from the Arch Linux community perspective), some of the “newbie repellent” rules Arch has implemented. Delivering the Arch Linux code is undoubtedly, a very time consuming and difficult task for many behind the scenes volunteer developers. The higher the average Linux skill level of the community members, the more efficient the whole process of maintaining and distributing Arch Linux becomes. In the case of Arch Linux, I also understand why it really wouldn’t make sense to vastly expand their user base with an influx of less skilled Linux users than the community is currently comprised of.

In closing, id like to emphasize it would be the goal of the Fu-rch community to attract all the potential Arch users that the official Arch community really doesn’t want. Bring em on average joe and jane Linux users and Welcome to Fu-rch.

 

 

Review

 I’ve received some confused responses regarding what exactly this project is about.  This is likely due to the unorthodox method of operation of the live DVD and specifically the way the installer works.

I also believe there’s equal confusion regarding the proposed ideas behind building a new Linux community.  This entire project is founded on ideas that have never been carried out within the Linux distro ecosystem.

To be clear, this project is not a proposed fork of Arch, or a new derivative distro.

This project is a proposed alternative community based on the Arch Linux OS when installed via the Fu-rch GUI installer that the Arch Linux community prohibits.

 

 Addendum Feb 25 2014 

It has been brought to my attention that the name of this project, Fu-rch could be interpreted as the “Fu” part of the name meaning something other than For the Users. This is not the case and as I have stated here, Fu-rch stands For the Users of Arch, rather than Arch by developers for developers.

As for the image of the founder of Linux with his middle finger extended as the Fu-rch GUI installer logo, anyone using Linux should know this was clearly directed at Nvidia, and has since been retracted by Linus. The choice of using this image was to provoke “thinking and behaving outside the box” of what’s accepted as normal! The Arch Linux community prohibits the use of or the discussion of GUI installers. The Fu-rch installer and the forthcoming community came about by thinking outside the box!

I’m really not stuck on a name for this project, and could just as well name it  Ty-rch as in Thank You Arch, (that just sounds really wrong though). Just as is the case of CentOS relying on RHEL for it’s very existence, the Fu-rch project wouldn’t be possible without Arch ……..  questions, suggestions, preferences, comments welcome.

 

 

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Evo/Lution GUI Arch Linux Installer Ready For Testing!

Screenshot - 02022014 - 10:17:25 PMI’m excited to announce the Evo/Lution GUI Arch Linux installer is ready for testing. This live CD will boot up Evo Linux with an Xfce desktop and is ready to go with the Lution, the Arch Linux GUI installer!

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This is the first time in the history of Arch Linux that a GUI installer has been available!

Evo/Lution is an “authentic” Arch Linux installer, it does not install a distro derived from Arch!  The live CD comes loaded with the Lution GUI installer, gparted for editing the partitions your HDD prior to installing Arch, pacaur AUR, a command line AUR package installation helper, and pkgbrowser, a GUI Arch repo and  AUR package browser.

The Evo/Lution installer is different than most current Linux GUI installers in the following ways

First, this installer, to complement the rolling release model Arch uses, actually downloads all the packages to build your new Arch install during the installation process. To be clear, if you used this installer on say Monday, then again on Friday of the same week, the individual packages in each installation would be different due to the constantly updated packages in the Arch repos. This assures you always have a current snapshot of Arch Linux installed with the most current packages from their repos.

Second,  it’s different in that you can change the list of individual packages installed on your new Arch installation if you have preferences. This feature would likely interest the more experienced Arch users as they will have established what they want to have installed regarding individual packages. This would also be great way to preload propriety video drivers.

Because of the above mentioned attributes of the Evo/Lution installer, it’s mandatory to have a working network connection to use this installer. The Evo/Lution installer will also vary considerably in the time it takes to install, based entirely on the speed of your network connection. Slow network connection = lengthy install time. 

For a platform to run the Fu-rch installer, I created Evo Linux, an Arch Linux + Xfce derived, live CD. Then I added a modified version of the cnchi installer Lution to it. Most of the development work had already been completed. I combined them in an .iso image using the archiso application to create a live CD.

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Fu-rch.installerThis project offers the perfect solution for all the Linux newbies out there curious about Arch Linux, but not willing or able to go through the daunting install procedure. 

 

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I’ll follow up with a detailed yet simple instruction set here on the blog so anyone may duplicate my efforts. I also have a github account I’ll get set up with everything soon for any coders / programmers interested.

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Below are screen shots of an Evo/Lution installed, Arch Linux + default xfce4 configured desktop. Notice no additions or configuration alterations. This is all left up to user preference.

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The three screenshots above show a fresh as configured xfce4 Arch install using the Fu-rch GUI installer.

The three screenshots above show a fresh as configured xfce4 Arch install using the Fu-rch GUI installer.

 

I strongly believe in giving credit to where it’s due. The Lution installer is based on the cnchi installer developed by Antergos Linux. These guys have obviously put a lot of good ideas and hard work together into creating the Cnchi installer and I want to congratulate them on doing a great job.

Fu-rch is dedicated to the Arch Linux community members, Scimmia and Lahwaacz and the others who support them.  To be clear, it was to these two, who motivated me to move forward and create this awesome project. I firmly believe in finding the best in any situation one may encounter in their life. As such, I have a very good feeling for the long term future of this project and feel many stand to benefit as a result.
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Evo/Lution, The Arch Linux GUI Installer Project Progress Report

FurchI’ve been building and testing live DVD .iso images of  Arch with cnchi installed in vbox. Cnchi is the Antergos Linux installer. I have not secured a paid developer at this point, which has motivated me to proceed on my own for the time being. This has been a major learning experience for me, getting a github account setup, building a live CD of Arch Linux with an xfce desktop environment, modifying cnchi to remove Antergos branding, getting it to use the Arch repos only,  learning more about Gimp to make graphics than I had ever wanted, etc…. So far, I have a one out of one attempt, made a successful authentic Arch Linux base install with the Fu-rch installer in Virtual Box. Next will be testing the live .iso for real hardware installs.

ScreenshotMy goal is to get a rough test version available for testing, get it up on github, and hopefully at that point, either hire a developer as originally planned, or possibly attract some volunteer help. No time frame at this point as I have a full time job and this is just a hobby project.

 

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Consciousness and the Power of the Human Mind

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Click here to watch Quantum Communication

The Quantum Communication documentary is a 2.5 hour long low-res video, and there are some aspects that are questionable, so why watch it?

Because it describes some of the most thought provoking ideas on the subject of consciousness and the power of the human mind ever. It also contains some startling revelations about how science is on the edge of proving some profound concepts regarding human consciousness originating at the quantum mechanics level. One of the most bizarre premises of quantum theory, which has long fascinated philosophers and physicists alike, states that by the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality.

Preview:

At the outset, this documentary comes off sounding like some kind of conspiracy theory, with some of the biggest names in physics gathering in the 1920′s to discuss the power of the mind to create or influence reality. If that meeting was a conspiracy to keep the truth from the people so be it. The conspiracy theme soon gives way to something much more fascinating.

This is definitely a must watch documentary for those inquisitive about the potential of human consciousness. Does our current culture distract and discourage us from being able to utilize a vast amount of untapped higher level consciousness and an additional “sense” that most remain unaware of?  The potential of a higher level of human existence and the interrelated implications for mankind are some of topics discussed in this documentary.

Whatever your thoughts are on the “conspiracy theory” tones within this thought provoking film, I’d highly recommend enduring them to access the rest of the quality information within.

Watch the documentary, Quantum Communication

Check out the interview of Dr. Stuart Hameroff below. He has some very interesting theories on the subject or consciousness. The possibility of consciousness originating within the brain on a quantum level is a very basic overview of his area of expertise. A truly refreshing and fascinating view relating to the “hard question” of consciousness. Could humans possibly be biological computerized “receivers” of consciousness originating from a different dimension? Could life and consciousness be related to the fundamental quantum nature of the universe?

 

 

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Arch GUI Installer Status Report

Did some de / re-branding of cnchi tonight after work. Here’s what I’ve got so far. As you will see, I’m NOT a graphics artist.  Was definately prettier before I transformed it. lol

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Here’s a link to an original cnchi  PKGBUILD and binary pacman package, cnchi-0.4.3-1-any.pkg.tar.xz     http://www.jeffstory.org/file_server/cnchi.PKGBUILD/

 

 

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The Antergos Installer

This installer seems really familiar, like from my distro hopping Ubuntu days. It even has an option to install just the base system! A nice looking easy GUI installer, just strip out all the other install options, debrand the graphics….

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Located PKGBUILD files for this installer and dependencies, built and installed on my desktop system to verify it’ll run. Going to try installing on a current vbox xfce4 install next.

https://github.com/Antergos/antergos-packages/blob/master/py3parted/PKGBUILD

https://github.com/Antergos/antergos-packages/blob/master/libtimezonemap/PKGBUILD

https://github.com/Antergos/antergos-packages/blob/master/cnchi/PKGBUILD

Update 1/14/14

These PKGBUILD’s won’t build on a currently updated Arch system. I did get cnchi running on two non current updated Arch systems, one being a vbox install.

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