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After a while of no updates to the actual ISO download of HoloISO, the creator of this SteamOS-like Linux distribution has announced the original is now dead. As it's being replaced by the newer immutable HoloISO.

The developer put up a PSA (public service announcement) on the original HoloISO GitHub page, and archived it so it will no longer see any updates at all and you cannot get support for it. They said the new immutable HoloISO is now "ready to be used as a daily-driving distribution".

What is an immutable operating system? Think like SteamOS and Fedora Silverblue. The idea is to give a read-only filesystem that gets replaced on updates. It's supposed to keep things more secure and stable, plus easier updates since it just replaces the main system.

HoloISO itself is designed to give you a close-enough version of SteamOS to use on other systems, and so the new immutable HoloISO should hopefully be more reliable. It's what AYANEO were going to put on the AYANEO NEXT LITE but they've since backtracked.

There's no current way to upgrade an existing HoloISO system to the new way it's run, but the developer mentioned they're currently figuring out the best approach to it. Update: 30/01/24 - version 1.1 now release supports migrating.

New releases will be on this GitHub with issues reporting on a separate GitHub.

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Well... that really explains the Ayaneo stuff.
damarrin Jan 29
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It does? I'd say the backlash Ayaneo received from "Windows fans" explains the Ayaneo stuff. I'm sure an immutable system would have been more beneficial for them.


Last edited by damarrin on 29 January 2024 at 12:06 pm UTC
At that point just use Universal Blue's Bazzite. The devs has much clearer track records and works together with various other project. Plus, you can easily clone a repo where you can layer in your own packages and user files to pack into a custom image of your own.
pb Jan 29
I wonder what's keeping Valve from just officially releasing SteamOS for general use.
LoudTechie Jan 29
Quoting: pbI wonder what's keeping Valve from just officially releasing SteamOS for general use.

The same what keeps Microsoft from releasing the Windows source code and Google from releasing google play services, they like the control it gives them.
Also it places them in a position to negotiate with patent holders and DRM companies.


Last edited by LoudTechie on 29 January 2024 at 2:09 pm UTC
TrainDoc Jan 29
Quoting: fenglengshunAt that point just use Universal Blue's Bazzite. The devs has much clearer track records and works together with various other project. Plus, you can easily clone a repo where you can layer in your own packages and user files to pack into a custom image of your own.
Not to mention the holoISO dev's transphobic comments amongst many other shit opinions. Until someone else leads that project I've no interest.
SoulThief Jan 29
Quoting: TrainDocNot to mention the holoISO dev's transphobic comments amongst many other shit opinions. Until someone else leads that project I've no interest.

Do you have any sources on that? This is the first I've heard of it and don't want to support the project if that is the case.
satoridepon Jan 29
Quoting: pbI wonder what's keeping Valve from just officially releasing SteamOS for general use.
They answered many times already - it's not ready yet.
Eike Jan 29
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Quoting: satoridepon
Quoting: pbI wonder what's keeping Valve from just officially releasing SteamOS for general use.
They answered many times already - it's not ready yet.

Yeah... how many years would that count as an argument?
TrainDoc Jan 29
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Quoting: TrainDocNot to mention the holoISO dev's transphobic comments amongst many other shit opinions. Until someone else leads that project I've no interest.

Do you have any sources on that? This is the first I've heard of it and don't want to support the project if that is the case.

The statistics part is a cruel comment about the suicide rate amongst trans people. Meant to post this with my message but I had to find my old phone in order to get this one.


Last edited by TrainDoc on 29 January 2024 at 6:53 pm UTC
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