Updates on Drauger OS 7.5.1

A lot has been going on lately behind the scenes with Drauger OS! And some of it is not so great.

Firstly, we would like to announce that Drauger OS 7.5.1 Beta 1 will be delayed. We had initially planed to release this version in August of 2019, but this is turning out to not be possible without some sort of break through. So, we are having to push Beta 1 back. We will not announce at current time when Beta 1 will be released because:

  • We do not know how long it will take to get Calamares working
  • We are currently debating whether Drauger OS 7.5.1 should be based on Ubuntu 18.04 or Ubuntu 20.04
  • We are in the process of handling some bugs in Drauger OS 7.4.1
  • We do not have the man-power to develop both Drauger OS 7.4.1 and 7.5.1 at the same time effectively.

Lets go through each of these issues.

Starting with Drauger OS 7.5.1, we will no longer ship SystemBack for both system installation and back up. Instead, we are moving to another, dedicated, system installer. We are currently investigating Calamares but are seriously looking at making out own, in house installer. However, we would rather not do this as it could overburden the development team. However, it is looking increasingly likely that that is what we will need to do.

Before we ever decide on whether we will use Calamares or not, we need to decide what Drauger OS will be based off. The past several versions of Drauger OS have been based on Ubuntu 18.04. However, during development of Drauger OS 7.5.1 we had to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.04. Using this as our base is less than ideal since it will reach End-Of-Life in December or January. At that point, it would be better to base it off Ubuntu 19.10, which is still in alpha. But even this is less than ideal since a full beta cycle for new versions of Drauger OS is 6 months, using up all but 3 months of the 9 months of support Ubuntu 19.10 will receive. At this point, we are left with two options: regress our code base back to Ubuntu 18.04, or delay Drauger OS 7.5.1 until Ubuntu 20.04 is available. Neither option is desirable. But, we are more likely to wait until Ubuntu 20.04 due to this giving us more time to work out kinks in our development process and provide longer support than what Ubuntu 18.04 currently has available.

Beyond these issues, we are also currently in the process of handling some bugs with Drauger OS 7.4.1. In past versions of Drauger OS, some methods of detecting what operating system is running would report Ubuntu. Others would report Drauger OS. This is due to a single file located at /etc/lsb-release. This file dictates how the OS registers with various applications. In Drauger OS, we have modified this file so that in parts it registers as Drauger OS, while in others it registers as Ubuntu. This was done to get apps to recognize Drauger OS, while at the same time ensuring PPAs still worked.

At current time, we are attempting to tackle this issue so that more apps will recognize Drauger OS as such, and to make sure that PPAs still work. We are doing extensive internal testing in order to figure out how to best approach this. Thankfully, our efforts are paying off so far and you can expect to see these changes on your Drauger OS systems in the coming weeks.

Finally, we would like to point out that we only have two developers, myself, who handles most of the development on the OS itself, and Logan L Johnson, who handles the website, and helps with UI/UX. We hope that as the Drauger OS community grows that we will be able to gain more developers so that we can more easily multitask and get more work done on more projects.

Beyond all these issues, we thank you for your understanding and support as we work through all these issues we are having to bring you the best gaming experience possible on Drauger OS.

Sincerely,

Thomas Castleman

Lead Dev

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