Arisblu 1.0 Territ Release Plans

I want to make this clear, Arisblu 1.0 Territ was NOT supposed to be a feature rich release, and for good reason. This blog post is to explain: Version naming, features of Territ, and the goals of Arisblu 2.0 Paky. Since I am in school, and not many people are helping with the project (thank you to those who are), there is a lot of work left on Territ which will be nowhere close to the builds of future editions. Territ will have 2 point releases after 1.0. Let's explain how Arisblu is being built, and why this is extraordinarily difficult.

Arisblu's Building Difficulties.

The Magic Numbers of 72 and 30

Arisblu is one of three operating systems, the other two are Arisred and Arisblack. The total ISO count  of all three is 75, and that is not taking into account the newer desktop environments whom will be joining the Aris* (a.k.a. ArisAnywhere) on official support. We even have an equation to solve how many ISOs we will have to make for a given version of the OS.

 BASE_COUNT ( OFFICIAL_DESKTOPS * 2 ) 

The equation for Arisblu 1.0 Territ is 3(5*2), which is 30. This will also work for our mobile OS's coming later, and Arisred. For all current Aris* operating systems it is 3(5*2)+3(6*2)+3(1*2), which is 72. Now we jumped from 216 to 75 to 72. 75 was a mistake, as the math was done wrong. Now I remember talking to PizzaLovingNerd who makes borderOS, which we are in a "who can release first" competition. He brought up a point I can see being a misconception, and even though logically broken, it is an issue that I realize I should explain. 

No, 75 ISOs will not confuse the user, that's just the fact, let me explain why. One, a beginner would really only need to pick from three operating systems, and given their pros and cons compared to the other systems. They can simply evaluate the best base for their install. Now there are 10 ISOs, which can be separated into Libre and Normal. There will be an explanation of what those mean, and the user can pick. Once picked, they have 5 desktop environments, which we designate one "best for new users." For now the BFNU option will be TDE until Cinnamon (one of the two new desktops) comes into the equation (literally). The user will, in reality, not have many choices. 

Community Editions & Strict CE Policies

Since Aris* is going to be the foundation for Fivnex, a company I am working on, there of course will need to be slightly more strict situations for CE's. Due to Aris* being a user friendly and consistent OS (as to remove issues with choice overload), community editions will be highly restricted with what they can include. Window manager CE's will get more lenient rules as they make sense. Now, something we did not mention in the article about community editions are mods. This was an idea I had not too long after posting the article. CE's will get four main descriptors: DE, WM, AE, and DME. DE for desktop environment changes. For example, we plan to not officially support LXDE or LXQt, the only reason for that is that we simply feel like if it was to be added, it should be a community edition (as they will give it more love, care, and attention). When the LXQt community edition exists, it is DE. We are still finalizing the rules, and when Aris* 1.2 releases, there will be official rules on the matter. Something we aren't supporting are window managers, because again, we feel the community would give them more love and attention. WMs will have fewer rules to follow, because WMs are (by nature) less feature focused than DEs. AEs are actually known as "Application Editions," which are a lot like Ubuntu Studio-type deals. They will be as strict as WMs, but separate rules all together. Lastly there is DMOD, also known as Desktop Modification Edition. Let's say you want to make Arisblu Gnome (another future desktop) look like Ubuntu, that kind of deal. These have more rules all together, BUT the good thing is that there are practically infinite ways to make these. You can make cinnamon look like Windows 10, XFCE look like Gnome, Gnome like MacOS, or whatever other creative ideas. Now of course DMEs, due to their near infinite nature, will not get their own website, but rather their own page on a bigger website. Like Carrd.co, but for a very specific purpose. 

Version Naming

This part is short, but there are three points to the version name. Firstly, the version number is based on which release it is. 1.0 Territ is the first edition of Arisblu, so 1. Then there are point releases, which will keep the same name as the full release. Point releases are usually either major bug fixes or delayed features. Then there is the name. Each name is a combinations of words. Territ, for example, is "terraform it," because we are building the scheme to properly terraform Arisblu. Paky is "Package" but with a "y" at the end because we can. Arisred versions are much different, as in it is date. Let's say Arisred released April 30th, 2021, which is my 18th birthday. The version will be 2021.04.30. I hope that helps with understanding versions. Neither, for a couple releases at least, will have LTS releases. 

Concluding Statements

While Arisblu has a lot of work and information to process, we can promise that we will do our best to keep everything well and good. Wish us luck, as we bring one OS to the world, where no matter the use case, people benefit. If you want to work with us, please ask on Twitter! We will be happy to have more members. The more active the better.

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