I won't get many other chances to talk about the thoughts spinning in my mind, though I doubt there'll be many people replying to this. If nothing else, I can load these thoughts off my mind for others to read.
Basically, the thoughts are about making a strongly gaming-focused Linux distro, as a wider-supporting alternative to SteamOS. Priorities is on:
• Supports for game providers
• Having as many programs as one would be familiar with from Windows, while prioritising programs with native Linux support (standard Chrome and Vuze would replace more Linux-focusing equivalents)
• Maintaining a decent legality (No game-console emulators, apart from DOSBox to play freebie GOG.com games)
• A good interface (Something like Chrome OS's menus or Cinnamon would be great).
This would basically mean that being open-source would have a very low priority, which would probably annoy Linux fans.
I'm among the Filly fandom's worst programmers, which would make compiling from scratch very undesired. I was sort of hoping for a base Linux structure to which I could simply add packages and other included programs, to which an evening of research tells me that forking a major existing distribution would be my most probable chance.
The programs included would in short terms be:
• Steam, GOG Galaxy, GamersGate (not that occurence), Desura, DOSBox and a quicklink to Humble Bundle's website.
• Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera all included.
• Drivers from NVIDIA, ATI, and whichever other gaming drivers that are out there.
• Minecraft's Linux version.
• Open-source Linux games, GOG.com freebies, and if technically possible, a number of Steam Linux game demos.
• osu! would be needed somehow. Official statements mention Wine as the main chance, but it'd be more awesome out of respect to OpenGL to use a different layer to run the OS X version (Darling?). Similarly, Google Picasa would mandate Wine in its recent versions.
• VLC, LibreOffice, Skype and Vuze included. VLC will, if feasible, have a codec for halfway-protected Blu-Rays, while LibreOffice would be more great if one could choose to only include Writer and Calc.
• Norwegian (bokmål) translations of vital menu functions, if I have time and ability.
• Starts as a one-off distibution, so it'd be ranked as being on Hiatus just hours after it's finished.
• A very failed experience with GIMP has given me a vendetta against open-source art programs, so there'll be no GIMP, Inkscape or programming tools. Audacity may earn a spot, however.
• Little supporting of code libraries in general, unless really necessary to run Steam or web browsers.
• The simplest file manager, as long as it can do most of the Windows 7 version of File Manager's functions (Windows 8's had more functions that can't be carried over), wins the spot.
And there you have the thoughts of a young man, to make a distro that not even he himself really needs, except in the off-chance that one can boot from a portable HDD and carry it around between computers, in which case it's pure genius and something he will love to use.
So, does anyone have something to say on it, or are you simply looking through the shelves post details like a person wandering through an electronics store and hoping to not have to say anything?