State of the Project Address for the Lazy Person

We understand not everyone has the time or inclination to watch a 15 minute, poor production quality video by a guy with no cinematography experience and too much time on his hands. We also understand not everyone bothers to watch videos because they may have some sort of hearing impairment. Or, you may just want to know what ELSE we’re up to. So, I’d like to quickly share with you some of the highlights from our State of the Project Address, to get everyone caught up.

Version Number Convention Change

Right now, Drauger OS has a version numbering convention like so: 7.x.1

In the next version of Drauger OS, we are dropping the final .1. Historically, this was used to indicate how many attempts it took to generate a working, bootable ISO image. However, ever since Drauger OS 7.4.1, we have been able to generate working ISO images with a high degree of reliability. Furthermore, as time has passed, that reliability has continued to improve. So, we are dropping this suffix to make version numbers easier to remember.

Because of this change, the next version of Drauger OS will not be 7.6.1, but simply 7.6. However, Drauger OS 7.5.1 will not change version numbers. Changing the version number of Drauger OS 7.5.1 could cause all sorts of issues, so we just aren’t going to bother with it.

Drauger OS 7.6 Codename Reveal

In our State of the Project Address, I go over the codenames of previous versions of Drauger OS before finally revealing the codename for Drauger OS 7.6. I won’t be doing that here. Instead I’ll cut right to the chase.

The codename for Drauger OS 7.6 is: Strigoi

Since I assume most people don’t know what a Strigoi is. Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Strigoi in Romanian mythology are troubled spirits that are said to have risen from the grave. They are attributed with the abilities to transform into an animal, become invisible, and to gain vitality from the blood of their victims. Bram Stoker's Dracula has become the modern interpretation of the Strigoi through their historic links with vampirism.

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Creation
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The encyclopedist Dimitrie Cantemir and the folklorist Teodor Burada in his book Datinile Poporului român la înmormântări published in 1882 refer to cases of strigoism. The strigoi can be a living man, born under certain conditions:

* Be the seventh child of the same sex in a family
* Lead a life of sin
* Die without being married
* Die by execution for perjury
* Die by suicide
* Die from a witch's curse

Types
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Tudor Pamfile in his book Mitologie românească compiles all appellations of strigoi in Romania strâgoi, [...] or vampire. The types described are:

* Strigoaică: a witch.
* Strigoi viu: a living strigoi or sorcerer.
* Strigoi mort: a dead strigoi, the most dangerous. They emerge from their graves in order to torment their families until their relatives die.

So essentially they’re vampires from before vampires where a thing. The main differences being they aren’t necessarily undead, but can be living people. Also, being bitten by one more than likely won’t turn you into one.

If you want to learn more about Strigoi, you can read more about them in this Wikipedia article.

A new GTK theme

We’re making a new GTK theme, called Nocturn, for the next version of Drauger OS. Why are we making a new GTK theme? Great question!

Put simply, making a GTK theme isn’t hard with the right tools. Furthermore, the right theme can create a feeling of consistency and attention to detail. Finally, it gives us more control over the look of the final product. So that we can get things looking exactly how we want.

If you want to check out the Nocturn theme, or contribute to it to make Drauger OS look better to your eyes, not just ours, you can get it from our Github!

Logging Directly into Steam Big Picture Mode now working!

That’s right! The feature that has been broken for far too long is now up and working. The package is also much smaller because the code is much more simple. It may be more restrictive and take a little while to log out though. If you have any issues, feel free to let us know in an issue report on our GitHub!

system-installer updates

The past couple months have seen a lot of upgrades and changes to system-installer. Mainly these have been bug fixes and a couple performance improvements. However, we’ve also made some improvements to the UI to help it look better. And, the big new thing: btrfs RAID support for your home partition!

Starting in the next ISO refresh, system-installer will have support for creating btrfs RAID arrays. These can be either RAID0, RAID1, or RAID10. Currently, they only support the minimum number of drives for each RAID type (so 2 drives for RAID0 and RAID1, 4 for RAID10). This feature needs more testing still, but overall it seems to be working well in what little testing we have done already.

Drauger OS Game Night #2

Now for the bit I’m sure most people are interested in. The next Drauger OS Game Night!

The next game night will be held on May 22nd, starting at 7:30 PM EST.

We’ll probably play some Minetest and some Unturned. Both are free to play, and have very low system requirements.

We will play other games as well. Nothing beyond these two has been decided yet.

We’ll also be using the Mumble voice chat application to hang out. The Mumble server we will be using is hosted by our great friends over at Nixnet.

Also, very important:

We are not requiring anyone to be running Linux for this. While we are, of course, biased towards Linux, if you don’t have a Linux computer available or you don’t feel comfortable gaming on Linux for some reason, all these apps and games work on both Linux and Windows. So, feel free to join on whatever platform you prefer!

Furthermore, all users will be expected to follow the Drauger OS Community Guidelines. To summarize what this means: Be respectful of others.

Unturned

Unturned is sort of like an indie Minecraft meets zombie-apocalypse. It relies heavily on scavenging, crafting, and teamwork. It also has a somewhat even mix of stealth, combat, and Minecraft-like building, crafting, and otherwise socializing. The game is open-world and due to that, adapts to the way you prefer to play. So there is something for everyone in this game.

You can use this widget to install Unturned from Steam:

Minetest

Minetest is an open-source Minecraft clone written in C++, C, and Lua. Anyone who has played Minecraft should be able to pick up Minetest and know what to do.

To install Minetest on Windows you can check their website here.

For Android, you can install Minetest from the Google Play Store or F-Droid.

For other platforms, just run the appropriate command:

  • Linux
    • Debian-based including Drauger OS, Ubuntu, Pop!_OS, Linux Mint, etc.
      • sudo apt install minetest
    • Fedora, Red Hat, etc.
      • sudo dnf install minetest
    • Arch-based including Manjaro, ArcoLinux, etc.
      • sudo pacman -S minetest
    • Others
      • Snap
        • sudo snap install minetest
      • Flatpak
        • flatpak install flathub net.minetest.Minetest
  • MacOS 10.10+
    • brew install minetest
  • FreeBSD 9.1+
    • pkg install minetest minetest_game

For details on how to connect to our very own Minetest Server (which we will be using for this game night), check out this Wiki post we made on how to do just that.

Mumble

Mumble is a free, open-source, low-latency voice chat application. The server we suggest (Nixnet.services) uses encryption by default in it’s communication with your client. So it’s also got reasonable security and privacy measures in place.

For details on how to install Mumble and connect to the Nixnet servers, check out this Wiki article we made explaining exactly how to do that!

Conclusion

I look forward to hanging out with everyone online during the next Drauger OS Game Night! Also, I hope you enjoyed the bit of trivia about the codename for Drauger OS 7.6! If you need any help getting Mumble or Minetest set up and going, feel free to hop into our Discord Server or Telegram group. Our community would be more than happy to help you out, no matter what OS you use!

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