"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."