332: The Swiss Army Knife of Linux Distros

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This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re putting the BlendOS immutable operating system to the test. Then we discuss if the future is a cloud based operating system and how Microsoft might play a part. Plus, we have our tips/tricks and software picks. All this and much more on Destination Linux.

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Nice episode! Tempted to give blendOS a try. However, I’m surprised you didn’t even mention https://vanillaos.org when they’re so similar. The Ubuntu base could potentially make the base system more stable. Would love to see a comparison!

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Thanks for the BlendOS recommendation. Didn’t know how much I needed it until now. Got worried that it was a no-go as I couldn’t figure out how to get tailscale installed, but I finally discovered how to add custom packages to the overlay and I have everything I need now. Love the show. Keep up the great work.

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Oh, come on! All this talk of Blend, and not the greater, earlier distro of which it is a pale imitation; Bedrock??? So am disappoint. Now, off to create a BlendOS strata for my Bedrock computer…

I have a nvme drive I’m not currently using. It’s also been cloned to hdd backup. Think I’ll give BlendOS a try soon as I can figure out how to turn off secure boot. It was greyed out the other day in the UEFI.

I’ll probably put Debian and Ubuntu containers in it.

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Thanks for the feedback and welcome to the forum! I think it is okay to not mention a different distro we arent trying out yet. :smiley: Though perhaps a Vanilla OS deep dive is worth doing and then maybe a comparison. :+1:

You’re welcome, I have been liking it and yea that changing the overlay threw me off too, which I realized the answer to the issue in the Tip of the Week regarding the “system” tool. :smiley: Also welcome to the forum!

First of all, welcome to the forum! :smiley: secondly, I did technically mention Bedrock since I compared blendOS to other distros that had done something like this before and I even described it as using chroots to accomplish it . . . I was describing Bedrock but it is true I didnt say the term Bedrock. :smiley:

Best part of blendOS is you can use whatever containers you want and even associate them as top level apps where it just automatically uses those apps regardless of which container they are in. It’s dope! Anyway, please return to this thread to let us know how it works for you.

All good! I really enjoyed the episode and I like that this kind of distribution is gaining strength. I don’t see these blended OSes taking over the world, but I’d be willing to bet that we’ll have a string niche going in the future.

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Hey all!

Due to your glowing recommendation of Blend OS I decided to give it a spin today. I went with the KDE flavor, and I experienced one issue while trying to restore my files to the new Blend OS install; maybe you know why this happened to me.

When trying to restore my old files, I thought I’d use rsync because I like that it shows me progress, etc. When I tried to use it, I found that with sudo and even as root I could not use rsync to restore my files. The error I see was that I did not have permission to change directory into my source folder (a mounted Vorta backup archive).

I’ve restored my install on Fedora and Kubuntu without issue using Vorta’s mounted archives. Could this just be a Vorta permissions thing? I’m using the exact same user name and password for the new Blend OS install.

The other thought I had was that this had something to do with the read-only FS, but I had absolutely no trouble just dragging and dropping my files in Dolphin over to the /home directory.

Any thoughts are appreciated!

So far I found it super easy to get up and running on Blend OS, and the containers are a fascinating feature. I don’t have a complicated work flow, so everything I need (apart from like mpd and Cantata) are Flatpaks.

Thanks for the recommendation in your podcast!