Part of our work at Endless OS is around the usability of the GNOME desktop, guided by user testing. We're looking for test subjects for a 1-hour session, who are tech-savvy experts—e.g designers/developers, animators/…—with exposure to various devices & platforms. Bonus points if you're based near someone in the team—e.g. London—so we can put a laptop in front of you. Ping me here or to firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested!
@avalos I can probably guess and I doubt we will reach agreement as a result, but, what are you referring to here?
@wjt EndlessOS is the typical “closed source BUT with open source components” development model, because, according to you, Endless people, “wE cAn'T maKe it aLL oPeN sOuRce.”
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/vm7ow1/comment/ieanssa/ may be of interest if you are genuinely interested in the answer!
@wjt Super interesting. Protecting the brand and the non-profit need to discourage commerical use makes sense. Are there software components in Endless which are not open source such that I couldn't (with some work) make an image that is the exact same but branded TrevorOS or whatever?
1. The nvidia proprietary driver – you could just leave it out
2. Part of the module that implements https://www.endlessos.org/post/making-pcs-more-affordable-for-millions-of-people – again you would just leave it out, and one day I hope to have the resources to replace it with a open-source replacement
3. The thing that actually turns a load of debs into an ostree commit – we plan to open-source this but haven't had time. But it doesn't form part of the resulting OS
That's it, off the top of my head.
@wjt Enforcing a trademark is one thing, but there is no indication here that EndlessOS source code is even available. I see no link to your GitHub, whereas even shy Open Core businesses at least put the GitHub icon in the footer of the webpage.
"Free download" and "Redistribution policy" says to me that this is freeware.
stating the obvious
@wjt people can't figure out how to turn on wifi. all the things that are exposed if you click on the top-right, need to be visible and exposed as they are on every other desktop environment.
Open social media for the UK