Dragora is a reliable GNU/Linux-Libre distribution based on the concept of simplicity with the goal of being a multi-purpose operating system. Dragora respects the freedom of the user with the values of free software and provides control to those who use it. It is developed entirely by volunteers and it is published under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Dragora is a combination of the GNU project with the releases of the Linux kernel provided by the Linux-libre project.
Linux is a fundamental piece of the distribution written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with the collaboration of thousands of users and developers around the world.
The GNU project is a free software project of massive collaboration, announced on September 27th, 1983 by Richard Stallman.
Linux-libre is a project whose aim is maintaining and releasing 100% free distributions of Linux, appropriate to be used in free distributions. It removes software that gets included without source code, with obfuscated source code, or with nonfree licenses; this does not allow the user to modify the software to make it do whatever the user want, which makes the user install additional pieces of nonfree software.
Dragora is an independent project for GNU/Linux distribution that was started from scratch without being based on an existing distribution project. We avoid having to depend or inherit the technical and ethical issues of a given distribution project. Since it is an independent project, we are not tied to purely commercial interest, purposes or decisions, which could negatively affect our user base.
The basic concept of Dragora's design philosophy is simplicity or KISS. This principle which derives from what is known as Okham's Razor, was developed by the first critical modern philosopher: William of Ockham. This concept represents the traditional philosophy of UNIX.
Ethical and Educational
The distributed software is completely libre! This allows to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the existing software. Dragora is a project recognized by the Free Software Foundation and recommended by the GNU project.
Dragora has native language support, different messages in different languages can be shown on screen.
Dragora is not a closed project. Quite the opposite, anybody with good intentions is welcomed, encouraged to join and to help!
The roots of development of Dragora are on the simplicity:
The KISS principle is an acronym which means "Keep It Simple, Stupid!".
YAGNI is an acronym which means "You Ain't Gonna Need It". It is a software development philosophy which is based on not adding features unless they are really needed.
DRY is an acronym which means "Don't Repeat Yourself". It is a software development philosophy that supports not duplicating pieces of code. It is probably the concept less used by the project, but it is still taken into account.
Respect the freedom of the users and the community taking into account the values and virtues of free software.
Support a great amount of hardware components.
Support, within our possibilities, many architectures.
Function as a multipurpose platform: server, workstation, accessibility, desktop, etc.
Offer a friendly distribution, but with stability and a wide scope for both users and developers.
Focus the attention on the details and problems for their prompt solution.
Quality is a priority.
What is the meaning of "Dragora"?
The name comes firstly from Mandragora, a plant which has been used for centuries in magic rituals and as medicine. The name Dragora also refers to dragons, two of which are represented in the project's logo.
The logo was designed by Claudio Santillan from Argentina, Santiago del Estero.
The animated favicon was created by Oswald Kelso from Scotland.
Dragora is introduced as part of a learning process. Since its development in 2007, the first version (beta 1) was released on June 13, 2008. The second version (beta 2) was released on September 18, 2008, followed by the Release Candidate 1. Finally, the 1.0 stable version was released on March 13, 2009.
The Dragora project has been in constant evolution aiming to produce a real free alternative to the existing privative systems and GNU/Linux distributions. The tasks developed in Dragora are made with love, always considering the paradigms of simplicity and stability along with the values of free software. As a result, Dragora becomes a friendly, simple, flexible and completely LIBRE distribution.
|Version||Status||Release date||Code name|
|1.0||Beta 1||June 13th, 2008||hell|
|1.0||Beta 2||September 18th, 2008|
|1.0||Release Candidate 1||February 12th, 2009|
|1.0||Stable||March 13th, 2009||starlight|
|1.1||Release Candidate 1||August 25th, 2009|
|1.1||Stable||Octubre 8th, 2009||stargazer|
|2.0||RC 1, Development||January 24th, 2010|
|2.0||RC 2, Development||March 28th, 2010|
|2.0||Development, Stable||April 13th, 2010||ardi|
|2.1||Release Candidate 1||December 4th, 2010|
|2.1||Stable||December 31st, 2010||dio|
|2.2||Release Candidate 1||March 2nd, 2012|
|2.2||Stable||April 21st, 2012||rafaela|
|3.0||Under development||To be released (2017)||D3|