Exciting news for the Sonar and Vinux communities.
A special meeting was held early 2017 between core Sonar and Vinux team members. It was agreed that the two projects will be working together toward common goals. Whilst Vinux has recently indicated to move the distro base from Ubuntu to Fedora, several meetings have been held between Vinux and Sonar core members with an agreement taking place toward common goals that will freshen up both projects.
Some teams have been expanded, and new teams have been created within Vinux, with the influx of Sonar developers and users.
Project leader Rob Whyte said that the merge will minimize fragmentation and combine resources. Most importantly, having a larger active community will allow us to develop some visions we have had for some time.
Going forward in 2017, Vinux hopes to become a not for profit organization and to step up what we can deliver to our loyal user base. Under the new arrangements, Vinux has agreed to stem into the ARM architecture, offering exciting new possibilities, and has also committed to again provide Vinux hardware, focusing primarily on ARM devices.
Though mainstream distro accessibility is paramount, we believe after much consultation that a specialised distro is still required. Together with Linux-a11y, most commonly known for the active development of the Fenrir screen reader and the OCRPDF and OCRDesktop text recognition tools, Vinux has agreed to continuously push for and contribute to accessibility inclusion within main line distributions.
Vinux plans to produce images based mainly upon the Mate desktop environment, but also Gnome; and builds for Arm devices, including the Raspberry Pi, Odroid XU3, XU4 and C2 and hopefully others, depending on the availability of hardware.
We at Vinux are excited for this new chapter we are embracing.