Juraj Sipos has written up something about the state of MaheshaBSD and his development plans for 2011. I have emailed different developers and project founders asking what they are working on and what they are planning to release in 2011 (PC-BSD, pfSense, HeX Live).
First a little bit about MaheshaBSD: MaheshaBSD is based on FreeBSD 8.0 RELEASE (i386) and the purpose is to bring FreeBSD closer to users but keep FreeBSD untouched. MaheshaBSD can be used either for a demonstration or system administration, backup or data recovery; it’s not meant for ordinary, daily use.
Juraj says comparing MaheshaBSD with PC-BSD:
MaheshaBSD cannot compete with PC-BSD and it does not have that goal. The difference between the two is like between a torch and an electrical lamp (the latter one is PC-BSD).
Juraj writes with regards to MaheshaBSD, it’s goal and development plans:
“What I can share is that I plan to collect all Hindu Vedas and puranas and put them on a CD. There is not such a thing on the Internet. This means also Sanskrit and IAST (transliteration of Sanskrit) documents and tools for transliteration – obviously, the one that are FREE (not copyrighted).
When someone plans to make a new release, he should made it the one that has things that all others have not. Making a LiveCD or another distribution brings chaos. But if there is no LiveCD in the world that has all the Vedas and puranas, then such a distro does not produce chaos.
My goal is to attract users to FreeBSD not because they only get just “a nice computer screen”, but because they will also have various utilities. My second goal is to draw FreeBSD near to people who never heard of it.
So on the back of Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna I want to propagate FreeBSD and BSD operating systems. It is psychology. (I work in a psychological institution).
I noticed that many people looking at my website also clicked on the PC-BSD website (probably for the first time), so what I am doing is just a propagation (and advocacy).
New releases do not have much sense unless they have something special (or do something that other distros cannot). I think I would be happy with FreeBSD 4.8 even today. I tried DragonFly and enjoyed it very much. A new release of MaheshaBSD that would replace TestDisk from version 1 to 1.1 (the number is just an example) does not have much sense. I will probably make a FreeBSD 8.1 MFS and some scripts and will help users produce a new version of MaheshaBSD.”
Thanks, Juraj, for taking the time to write this up. It sounds like we are not going to see any great changes and surprise developments in 2011, but spreading use of FreeBSD is almost as important as developing and updating a FreeBSD based operating system. FreeBSD is very popular in Russia, and maybe one day it will be one of the top used O/S in the Hymalayas and surrounding countries.