Quantum OS aims to build a new operating system based on Linux, with a user interface built on Qt and designed according to Google’s Material Design guidelines.
We plan to develop the desktop shell and applications primarily using Qt 5 and QML, which will allow us to build highly polished and dynamic user interfaces and will work well for implementing Material Design. If possible, we will build the desktop shell in as much QML as possible built on top of the QtCompositor API, which provides a Qt framework for building a Wayland compositor.
As for the base system, they’re still not sure if they’re going for Ubuntu or Arch.
We plan to initially leverage an existing operating system, most likely Arch or Ubuntu. Arch is a strong possibility because of the simple packaging manager, lightweight base system, and the rolling release concept. Our goal is to base our work on the latest upstream versions available, with no patches or modifications, so our work will run on any base Linux distro that supports Wayland.
Qt compositor, wayland … won’t be ubuntu then i assume?
Would be pretty funny if it was.
Think of the irony.
There would be a wayland ubuntu distro before a mir one.
Why not just build on top of KDE which has similar goals and users some of the same underlying technology?
It would allow them to focus on the design part and forget about reinveing the wheel when KDE already has a very strong technical foundation.
I would welcome very usability defaults and nicer icons on KDE, although this is pretty easy to fix by any user, but really a whole new desktop?