Nitrux are creating an Operating System for everyone
Hi there! Meet Nitrux. Powered by Linux, AppImages, KDE Technologies, and Qt.
This funding campaign has three main objectives:
- Contribute to keeping our online services up and running.
- Allow the developers to hire new talent to work on Nitrux full-time. At the moment, we're a team of 6 people working full-time on the distribution and its projects. To achieve our goals within a reasonable timeframe, we need to add more people to the development team eventually.
- Support and help fund other free software and open-source projects that Nitrux relies on.
What we are working on.
Welcome to the #NXWorld
Nitrux is an operating system based on Linux. Nitrux works without any need for a traditional installation. The operating system as a whole resides in a single file and directory on your device, making it easier to organize with your other data. We provide an operating system already preconfigured for the most common tasks, included is a web browser, an office suite, various utilities including a text editor, a file manager, a calculator, music player, video player, and drivers for better hardware support, etc.
Nitrux takes the Ubuntu sources and brings it to a whole new level. We have built Nitrux with the goal of not depending on the Debian package manager (dpkg) or its extended set of tools APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) to manage the operating system. In fact, APT is not part of Nitrux anymore.
Nitrux focuses on the use of the AppImage format as the primary method of software distribution for the operating system.
A free and modular front-end framework for developing fast and compelling user experiences.
A set of templated controls and tools based on QQC2 and Kirigami shared among the Maui set of applications. MauiKit helps to quickly build UIs that follow the Maui HIG and bring ready to go tools for different platforms, such as Android and Linux.
- Cross-platform. Components ready to easily use and that work on Android and Linux.
- Convergent. Easily create applications that work in mobile devices and desktop computers.
- Built with Kirigami. MauiKit is built using the KDE Kirigami framework and Qt Quick Controls 2.
A new horizon for Linux distributions.
We have aimed to make znx simple and easy. Simple to understand and maintain and easy to use for potential users.
What does it do?
znx deploys the ISO image into the storage device, makes the device bootable, and creates the data partition where the user data is kept across reboots. Once that the ISO has been deployed, the user can restart and boot into the storage device to select the system.
How is it different than using an installer?
znx follows the concept of AppImages, which is that software isn’t “installed,” but it is instead deployed. That means that you don’t get lots of files and folders distributed in a filesystem but just one file, same with znx, instead of unpacking the squashfs file (the compressed filesystem that holds the actual OS) and extracting the contents to the target device (thus “installing” the OS the traditional way). The OS remains as one file which can be updated using a zsync file for differential updates (so-called delta updates which is what znx does, similarly, AppImageUpdate performs updates to AppImages only updating the bits that changed) or replacing the entire file, i.e., downloading a new ISO that replaces the old one.
Where is my data stored then?
Any file that the user creates is kept in the data partition. To install new software (desktop applications like Firefox, LibreOffice, etc.), the main method would be to get an AppImage. These AppImages are kept when the user updates the deployed ISO to a new version.
Alright, but what would be the benefits of using znx?
An immediate benefit is that multiple systems can be deployed at once, which allows the user to perform rollbacks and switch between them. When a new version of the distribution is available, the user would only have to download the differential zsync file instead of having to reinstall the system, think like OTA updates on mobiles. Or instead of having to rely on pre-compiled binary packages (like Debian packages, RPM packages, etc.) that can lead to unmet dependencies, broken packages, and related inconveniences during full-system upgrades, the user would download the new version entirely or use the differential zsync file.
It also would provide a way to have a factory reset method available at any moment, i.e., immutable filesystems. Or for businesses, znx would be able to offer an OEM-mode that would facilitate the deployment of the operating system.
Say goodbye to dual-boot.
VMetal allows users to run Windows in parallel to Nitrux to provide users of access to Windows software; meanwhile, they can still use their Linux desktop at the same time. VMetal is not a wrapper or a compatibility layer; meaning that Windows is accessing directly the hardware that it utilizes.
VMetal, unlike other popular virtualization options for end-users, provides almost native performance when it comes to games which are the primary focus of this feature. However, this is not limited to gaming, users who are looking to make Linux their primary operating system but also do other tasks such as content creation with commercial software will see the benefit in using their favorite tool with their newly found love for free and open-source software.
VMetal eliminates the necessity for dual-booting WIndows in a single computer and continues on our philosophy of keeping things simple. The Windows operating system remains as a file in the user’s computer, precisely in the same way that other Linux distributions remain a file that znx boots, and in continuation with our focus in AppImages where applications are also contained in a single file.
Running Windows software in Linux had been a problem, until now. With VMetal all the software that has been unavailable until for Linux is now ready to be installed at the click of a button. From Adobe software to the newest AAA titles, passing through your favorite DAW program and more.
VMetal does not make use of libvirt, Virt Manager and neither does it make use of the ACS override patch for the Linux kernel, as using it would compromise the security of the system. VMetal also does not do binding and rebinding of the PCI Express device that would result in the graphical session of the host presenting problems. Please read the FAQ for more information about VMetal.
Sponsor us. Help Nitrux achieve more together.
We build Nitrux because we love it, and there is no pressure to sponsor; however, we do welcome anything that you can spare. By sponsoring Nitrux, you contribute by giving the development team a regular and predictable income to cover our hosting, development, and hardware testing costs. Donated funds are used to finance the needs of the project, including, but not limited to, hosting/server costs, equipment, and funding the work of the people behind it. You can donate any amount you want. The team behind Nitrux will appreciate all donations as they will help bring this wonderful project to the same level of quality as that of the much larger, top-tier projects.
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