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just a couple of days back, i came across arya linux that claims to be a builder's distro built from scratch ! i got the feeling that i should test drive on a VM, which i did... it installed with a breeze complete with cutting edge kernel, softwares for most of our needs... [vlc, imageviewer, file manager, firefox, thunderbird, libreoffice et all...]

sharing my experience ! worth to take a spin :)
will post a shot of this VM soon !

for those who wish to explore... => www.aryalinux.org
i had posted about my venture into OpenIndiana / hipster [rolling release] just begining of month and here by the month end, i would like to add that i was able to run totem with all video formats flawlessly, use xmms / bmp and gimp2.8+
more exploration towards install and using of wine / qemu-kvm [which may be identified as a "MUST" if total zfs disk is used for virtualising other OSes]

thanks for reading :)
i had posted about my venture into OpenIndiana / hipster [rolling release] just begining of month and here by the month end, i would like to add that i was able to run totem with all video formats flawlessly, use xmms / bmp and gimp2.8+
more exploration towards install and using of wine / qemu-kvm [which may be identified as a "MUST" if total zfs disk is used for virtualising other OSes]

thanks for reading :)
I remember it was long back i was test driving OI from a live usb on my laptop. after a long wait, today i decided to go for a clean install on my newly assembled desktop. currently triple booting between windows / elementary and this fresh install of open indiana.

Before install, i ran a test drive after creating a bootable dvd with the march 2015 build "hipster" branch. [read that this is rolling release branch so i chose this. point to mention that hardware device configuration [test] gui is available so all we have to do is check for compatibility. luckily, everything was just identified right, including a usb hub & linksys usb wifi that i use. surprising but yes, i was happy ! [ironically, pcbsd 10.1.2 does not support haswell desktop cpu as of now :(]

install thru the GUI installer was a breeze. as we all do, i learnt on how to add repos [publisher, as the solaris terminology goes], update / upgrade is now in progress. [hence this journal entry !]

the install is on ZFS by default and installation was done smooth. gnome 2 is the default DE.
my first browing thru menu caught my attention towards "time slider" its an amazing gui tool that once enabled, it takes snapshots [we can limit the disk size the snapshots can use & we can delete outdated snapshots in periodic maintenance mode]
the time slider sits as an icon on nautilus and it displays time of backups et all, we have a slider to scroll back and forth, chose a particular point or delete / create snapshots... it was nice to see this option on an opensuource distro thats not so popular as its linux or freebsd cousins!

the base system felt solid, and many day to day activities can be done [though many apps may seem out dated in comparision to linux versions]

i should say its worth giving a shot and i am sure [if your hardware is detected], its worth a try ! for stable versions, its better to stick to stable builds :) thats all for now folks... thanks for reading ! hope some one will test drive and post feedback ! O I does look to be evolving into a wonderful complete OS ! for desktop & servers [here is where ZFS wins !]
:) :) Personal Computer 
Hello Friends and fellow Deviants....
Today i would like to thank all of you on dA; without whose support, encouragement and push; i would not have achieved this milestone of a 10000+ page views.... Appreciate your support :) :hug: to all of you :)
Hi Deviants....
Wish You All A Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2013....
Best Regards,
R V C
July 11 2012
I am into the 7th month when i first joined dA. its been such a wonderful experience being inspired by so many posts and varieties.... i was inspired to contribute with my explorations too... i am also thankful to many of you champs who have been constantly pushing and encouraging me in my explorations... without whose push i would not ve been where i am today !
today i noticed that my page has touched 5000 views and thats something very sentimental for a guy like me ! I know just a "thank you" wont be fully justified but i hope my sentiments are conveyed...

Thank you champs ! For all your support, comments, guidance and suggestions !
best regards,
r v c