More community and some development news

Another article was written about Drauger OS! And yet again, we have had more community interaction!

This past week, Linux Insider wrote an article reviewing Drauger OS. I say specifically it was a review this time because they actually gave their opinion about some of the things we do, and actually gave Drauger OS a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. A number of things they bring up we hear a lot from articles like these, but others they brought to light were very helpful, and highlight why we love any article written about Drauger OS, no matter the light it’s painted in.

Some of the things they pointed out, like how the boot animation tends to say “Ubuntu 7.4.1” instead of “Drauger OS”, complaints about shoddy UEFI support, and complaints about the default desktop configuration are things we hear often and either are not sure how to fix just yet, cannot fix yet, or have no intention of fixing right now, respectively in this case.

That being said, we are investigating the boot animation issue, and are beginning to consider changing the default desktop layout. As for the layout of the desktop, if you do not like how it is configured by default, we encourage configuring it how you like. This is part of the reason we use Xfce: it’s highly configurable, while also being very lightweight and stable.

Moving on, some of the things they pointed out we also had not realized ourselves. While they did not come right out and say it, we were able to see that the documentation we provided that they were referencing was outdated. Thus, we updated this documentation so it now better reflects the current state of things. And this perfectly highlights why we enjoy seeing any and all articles about Drauger OS.

We currently have two people contributing to development: Myself, and Mr. Logan L Johnson. Since Drauger OS is not even a year and a half old yet, things are bound to slip through the cracks. As such, when others make the time to give Drauger OS a shot and then write about it, we find very often that in their testing they tend to notice issues that otherwise we would never have seen. Thanks to this, we are able to fix these issues in a matter of a few minutes after we have read the article sometimes. Other times we may not be able to do much of anything for now, but knowing about the issue is important none-the-less.

So, before moving on to the next topic, I would like to take the time to thank those who have taken the time to try Drauger OS and write about it online. Even if your opinion of Drauger OS is less than favorable, having a third party bring attention to it, and point out any issues they find is extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

Moving on to the topic of development news now, things are going slowly, but are going. By the end of the week we should have a new release of mrai ready to go on our GitHub, Currently, we are in the middle of converting the front end to C++, which is a monumental task seeing as how complex it is. However, by going back through all this code, we are able to fix performance issues, or other bugs, or even add new features.

Once we complete rewriting mrai, we will turn our attentions back to steam-login-session as we have been attempting to rewrite parts of in C++ as well and need to debug it more before we can upload it to our repositories. After this, we are not sure which app will get rewritten yet, but we will rewrite at least one other app.

Thanks for reading the latest episode of the Drauger OS Blog! Be sure to check out the latest episode of our blog, coming out Wednesday, September 11th, 2019!


Thomas Castleman

Lead Dev, Founder

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