Edit: I've released an iso of the first version. See post #4 of this thread.
I've been playing with and testing a lot of different desktop environments (15+) recently. Since I found that many people today are interested in this subject, I thought about creating a single live medium which would allow the user to test them all without much hassle.
There are really plenty of intersting DEs available for Linux - but unfortunately many of them are not really well-known. Even if you're a long-time Linux user: Have you heard about a light-weight Qt based DE called razor-qt
? Did you know that there's an extremely light-weight DE build upon FLTK which goes by the name of Equinox Desktop Environment
? Have you ever tried the ROX
And especially for Linux newbies the situation is extremely unpleasant and confusing (when I had my initial contact with Linux in the last millenium, as a typical Windows user I was bewildered that there were two
DEs to chose from!
) Today it seems that some people are lost between GNOME, KDE, Unity, Xfce, LXDE, Cinnamon, MATE, ...
I've built a first alpha version which currently fits on a CD and contains 5 DEs to select from after booting up. When adding all DEs I could get to run on my test distro (Arch Linux), the ISO is a bit over 1 GB in size - which I think is acceptable. However I'm having problems getting some of them to work from a live medium, too.
Among all these DEs are - of course - some which I don't like too much and digging into their issues much deeper means investing a lot of time for potentially no gain.
So what I'd like to know:
What do you think about a project like this? Do you like the idea or doesn't it even make sense to you at all?
In case of positive feedback, I'll post a link to it here and will try to improve it sooner or later. If not - well, then I don't have to waste my time on something nobody needs.