Like every January 1, a new year begins. 365 days to enjoy all the possibilities of free and open source software. You will find several suggestions inta list of New Year's resolutions for Linux users and fans of free software.
Of course, these are only suggestions and if you search you will be able to find many other things to do.
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New Year's resolutions for Linux users
Install Unusual Linux Distributions
It's true that many of us are compulsive installers, but we almost never go beyond common distributions. 2023 is a good time to try others that require a little more of our attention and skills.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
It is a distribution aimed at the corporate market and requires the payment of a subscription, however, there are several ways to try it for free.
Traditionally, CentOS was used by companies that did not want to pay for Red Hat technical support. CentOS was first a stand-alone distribution that was compiled from Red Hat's source code. Over time, the company began to collaborate more closely with the community in charge of the project.
When IBM acquired Red Hat, things changed and CentOS became the test bed for future Enterprise releases. That is to say that a certain technology is tested in Fedora, then it is implemented in CentOS and, when it is finally mature, it is added to RHEL.
As often happens in the world of open source, IBM's decision led to the emergence of several alternative projects and competitors such as SUSE Linux and Oracle offering free versions. Red Hat's response was to extend the terms of its free license for developers.
Traditionally it could only be used on a machine for testing purposes. It can now be used in production for free on up to 16 computers including major public clouds, such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. In the latter case, the costs of using the platforms will have to be paid.
In order to access the program, you must register at this page creating a Red Hat account or signing in with your GitHub, Twitter, or Facebook credentials. Please note that subscriptions are handled from this page.
It only remains to download and install the distribution.
You will wonder why you should do it.
Red Hat is not only the most widely used distribution in the corporate sector, It also develops tools for working with containers, cloud deployments, and application creation.. In addition, you can download a complete documentation of these.
linux from scratch
If you don't like existing Linux distributions or you want to understand the function of each of the components of a Linux distribution, this is what you are looking for.
linux from scratch it is not a distribution. It is an instruction manual on how to get and assemble all the parts to create your own Linux distribution. The project has a continuation called Beyond Linux From Scratch that allows us to bring it closer to any of the usual Linux distributions.
The project also includes additional documentation, patch repositories and automation tools of the construction of the distribution.
As I said above, installing LFS will not only give you a better understanding of what each component of a Linux system does, you will also be able to try replacing packages at your own risk.
Last year I already did the test to install this operating system based on the Android source code for mobile phones on an old smartphone and was very happy with the experience. This year I plan to revive a Motorola G5 Plus by changing the video module and transforming it into my main phone with the LineageOS equivalent of Android 12.
It is worth mentioning that Not all phone models are supported by the official variants, but if you search on Google you might find some developed by third parties. Or, you can create it yourself. The documentation is extensive and can be found all over the web.
I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy start to the year and invite you to tell us if you have any New Year's resolutions related to open source. Below is the feedback form.