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Chakra GNU/Linux - Interview with the Development Team

Apr 17, 2012, 07:01 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Barnaby for this link. ]

"Q.) It?s been well over a year and a half since I first looked at Chakra 0.3 ?Ashoc?. It worked well for me, but your distribution has come a long way since. Can you tell us more about your goals for the upcoming release and in the more medium and long-term? How many releases are you planing per year?

"Chakra rolls fairly fast, and for new users, the first update after a fresh install is the most challenging. Therefor it was decided upon to have a new ISO out closely following the KDE releases, since an ISO older then about 6-8 weeks usually has that many updates that the first pacman -Syu is not easy enough anymore. So usually, there are not major plans for any upcoming release, an ISO just follows the ongoing development.

"Short term goals are akabei first. It is nearing an alpha release. Buildsystem is already adjusted for it, and 4-5 devs are working mainly on akabei alone to get the new package manager ready to replace pacman. This will need a lot of testing, and will only become available for all users, once we are sure, it is the better package manager then pacman, that we anticipate.

"Once akabei has replaced pacman, then other parts of Chakra will evolve a lot too. A true GUI frontend for all package-management will only be possible when pacman is no longer in use. Pacman was never designed for a GUI, and all GUI pacman apps Chakra has tried over the years, were never a true answer for a reliable GUI. The planned GUI frontend, shaman, will integrate package and bundle management.

"Tribe (the installer) still is not at all were we want it to be. To get the partitioning working simple and smoothly, both for a beginner and advanced option, a switch to udisks for partitioning is worked on. Plus it is being rewritten to use qml. Since Tribe is functional, akabei has a clear priority for Chakra, but will be the next in line, once akabei is finished. Other parts that need improvements in tribe are locale/language settings, boot loader options, and more disk options like RAID and LVM."

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