The Great Experiment

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - Ikey Doherty (BDFL)

So as many have come to realise, we had to rush out a website super quick yesterday as the cat was already out of the bag. One thing that should also be clarified, is our approach to development.

We’re A Lab

Primarily (but not exclusively) Serpent OS (future: Serpent Linux) is an endeavour worked on by the Lispy Snake, Ltd crew. So we’re all about creating awesome technology and trying to further the playing field.

Serpent OS is not, however, owned by Lispy Snake. It is a contributor-based open source project, with specific roles. Those will be clarified over the coming week, but there is a dedicated Project Manager. Hint: It’s not me.

Measuring Success

So, how does an experimental project.. measure success? Quite simply - if others adopt our methodologies or technology, we’ve succeeded. We’re really not looking at “number of installs” or “size of userbase” as a metric, as our chief aim is to build technology.

Options for Longevity

If the experiment is a success, which of course means having tight controls on scope and timescale, then one would assume the primary way to use Serpent OS would be through some downstream repackaging or reconfiguration, i.e. basing upon the project, to meet specific user demand.

It Should Be Fun

This is the heart and soul of all Linux development. Developers should enjoy the involvement and seeing the end result. If we build something more in the end, then that’s a journey we can create together.