What is Venux?
Venux is the name given to a new Ubuntu based Linux distribution. I aim to convert Windows users who don't fully understand that there definitely can be a free, easy to use alternative to their current limited system. One of the best things about Linux distributions is that you can configure every little aspect of them so that they can run how you want them to.
What are our core values?
First: to spread the word of open-source further than its current reach. I love open-source software because it gives you more control, and allows programs to greatly exceed the initial design. By allowing other to make changes and redistribute your software, there is the potential for it to become truly amazing, whereas with proprietary software, that possibility is limited to its initial developers, and what they, themselves, can do.
Second: Computing doesn't need to be difficult. An operating system should look and feel amazing right out of the box. It should give you the most amazing software and experience, without you having to configure one thing. We are pre-configuring a lot of software to make an amazing computing experience. We're finding some of the best media software, document editing, image editing, you name it. And Wine and Playonlinux are configured right from the get-go.
Third: Offer users a familiar layout. Now this part was a little difficult because a lot of past Linux users like gnome2, yet a lot of people who may make the switch from Windows might not feel comfortable using that layout. Because of this, I felt it would be difficult to build one single OS and expect that to work. So, Venux OS is being built on the MATE desktop environment, while another version will be released using Cinnamon (modified, to make them even more comfortable). The Cinnamon version is called Venux Starter Edition: "So easy my grandma can use it!", and internally referred to as Windex (Cleaning up windows).
What do we need?
We need people who are just as passionate as us about this. People who want to make a difference and bring Linux to a whole new audience. I am a web developer (check out my unfinished portfolio site at http://nickgermaine.ca) and also write in PHP/MySQL and along this journey I have been learning Python/GTK so that I can write certain things to include. I am by no means a python programmer, but it is not the most difficult thing I have ever done. I'm looking for people of all sorts who'd like to be a member of what very well can be a game changer in computing.
You can come interact with us on the facebook page I've just created not too long ago: http://facebook.com/venuxos and if you'd like to help out, just let me know.