For those of you too lazy to click through that link, in summary, Ubuntu is making a new version designed around the small screen, complete with binary blobs and support for all sorts of nasty proprietary things like flash and mp3 out of the box. The worst part is that there will be no upstream for this project. (When will they learn?)
I was curious, (and thanks to the limit of terms of my self inflicted Ubuntu/Debian ban,) so I decided to see how easily these tools can be built for Fedora. We have the respin technology, why not use it?
The whole build process went quickly, although with some difficulties. There are apparently a few odd key dependencies to Maximus, the window manager-ish thing Canonical has hammered together.
We also need to fix up some of the artwork a bit, so it's not so Poobuntu centric.
The next step is to make some RPMs for other people to try out, and possibly a temporary git repo for people to submit patches to.
Here's a list of the things we need to do to use these packages in a "Small Screen" spin.
- Package them
- Review them - most of the dependencies are already in Fedora
- Create artwork maybe a slightly modified theme
- Spin it
- Distribute a slightly customized Gnome desktop on the spin
I can't say that I'll have the time to see through all these steps, but if anyone's interested, I'd be more than happy to start making RPMs.