misfitplanet wrote:I would like to open a discussion on the creation of a new distro of Mint specifically designed for Artists with a special emphasis on securing and protecting creative data. A remastered Mint distro is a good way to start, if things are successful, it would be nice to see an exciting marketing opportunity for the Mint community. Wouldn't it be nice for an artist to slip their work in their pocket (thumb or portable drive) and knowing the machine behind them is empty of all traces of their private creations?
Goal of the Community Project: Create a Linux Mint Live distro specifically for artists. The distro will include Linux applications an artist would most commonly use. The distro would be a securely designed locked down version of Mint, whereby
- all networking drivers and files, and applications uninstalled (ethernet, wireless, bluetooth, browsers etc.)
- ram is wiped at shutdown
- partition used for artistic files is automatically encrypted
- swap is wiped several times with random data at shutdown
This of course keeps all an artists work absolutely private and untouchable by others. All applications of OS tools not related to the creation would not be installed.
This is a WIP, and the suggestion lists follow. I need some help with these lists.
Applications that an artist would most likely use.
Applications that assist in keeping an artists files encrypted.
Note: Is there a program or script out there that could be included that detects any swap used and wipes it? How about wiping the ram? How about a partition? Is there program that automates the cleaning of all these things after work has been saved and encrypted?
Basic Linux Mint Packages
This list should include a bare bone list of packages need just to make linux work, i.e., the kernel, gnome, etc.
Packages To Be Avoided
This list should be avoided packages that most distros would contain, but for purpose of a network lock-down would be avoided, i.e., browsers, bluetooth, network managers, ethernet, wireless, etc.
It may seem weird not to have a distro without networking capability, but when it comes to security it is better to know and not trust. Knowing is keeping phyiscal separation, trusting is firewalls and virus protection. Even if you've only dabled in networking and hacking, you know firewalls and virus protection is not full proof, but physical removing all the software that allows the networking devices to run is. This will provide the ultimate satisfaction in creative and proprietary security for users, knowing no one can snoop or steal what you are not ready to share yet.
This list should be packages that will contain drivers, files for scanners, Wacom Pads, etc.
Anyone who would like to help me in the endeaver, please contact me pm.
denissonofyvon wrote:Steeling poems?!?
Sorry, I don't mean to be offensive but, what do you mean by "you don't want your poem to be stolen"? Don't you want to share your art, put it out there for all to see? Securing it and all doesn't that prevent you from being recognized for your creative work? Isn't it what the the programmers form Mint do? They share their work. How would you like it if they decided to secure all this beautiful work and not share it with anyone?
What if Linus had decided, I am going to keep Linux for myself? The world would not have been a better place for him or for us. Think of Wikipedia and all great things resulting from communities sharing their talents, sharing their ideas? Please share your talent with everyone and make the world a better place to live in. Do it for yourself do it for the rest of us. If you communicate your ideas to a wide audience any attempts at steeling them will be futile, everyone will know they came from you.
What if you generated desktop background images with your poems on them and share them with the Mint community? The Mint community produces great images for the desktop. It's made up of truly inspiring individuals.
animaguy wrote:My understanding is that Ubuntu Studio can be installed on 564 MB or ram, although the programs need more hardware fire power.
dante19992 wrote:Yeah but I don't want someone to steal CREDIT for my work. My poems are a piece of my self. All art is an expression of how you feel what you are what you like. Do you want someone to steal a piece of who you are? If I write I am going to be published before I share so I have no need to fear. That is what I meant when I said I do not want my works stolen. EVERYONE knows that that is what that means supposing they even speak english. If it is MY work I want it to be recognized as MY work. I would imagine that is what this distribution is all about since they are trying to not leave any traces behind on the computer they load the OS on. And yes you did offend
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