Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gigastrand OS: Updates and overhauls

Over the last month and a half, Gigastrand has slowly been working away at the task list for the Gigastrand OS. This has resulted in some baby steps toward a final product. Here is an overview of what we have been working on.

The OS website has been updated. The Resources section has been updated along with new Screenshots, Wallpaper added, and a software page has been created.

The Gigastrand OS Support framework is now in place and will begin to grow over the next month or so. We are working on content and refining the interface.

The search for a working installer continues and will be focused on over then next few weeks. Hopefully we can get to public BETA by March 1st.

A script is being developed to quickly create testing images. So why is this important and why should you know about it? We currently have to build the OS image onto a machine manually. This script will help us create more consistent test images faster and fix broken images faster.

Limited market testing has begun. I talked about this in a previous blog post but it is worth repeating. So far, we have had a great deal of success with this program.

A prototype for a Game Box is planned. With the generosity of Surge Sarem, we have acquired some of the initial parts for a Game Box system based on Gigastrand OS. In the next month we plan to have one built for testing.

Both Firefox and Chrome will be included on first install. Issues with both systems will need to be worked out but for now we will not be choosing one over the other. Both Firefox and Chrome bring positive user experiences to the OS in their own way and we feel both are worthy of inclusion.

Flash Player install has been met with some success. We have been able to work out the install issues with Flash Player on some systems. We are continuing to work on others.

A new 3D logo has been created for the OS. Credit to Surge Sarem for the assist. He is also responsible for the new Gigastrand Logos you see on the site.

Gigastrand Security is getting a major overhaul. Since the site was put up, we have been detecting errors on the site. We have been fixing those errors as we have encountered them, but the site was due for several major updates anyway.

Gigastrand Security is now moving away from Standalone and Embedded systems favoring PC based systems instead. The nature of Standalone and Embedded systems limits our support options and customization. Currently, the systems are Windows-based but we are working on a Linux-based solution. Gigastrand OS will be an important part of that solution.


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