Thank you, Rava. Regrettably, I do not have a personal blog or anything -- I more or less visit my Facebook page once a year (days are definitely too short). I surely could post it somewhere else. But I'd like to say, my praise was quite generic: I could be much more specific. For example, about the documentation, the close connection between users and developers, the performance and flexibility of the system. I am presently practicing with modules and different DEs and I am enjoying Porteus immensely.
And there is one more thing. Most PC users just panic before a line of code. Some of them are brave enough to cut and paste a line into a terminal but they mostly feel frustrated because they don't know what they are doing. Some have simply no time for learning, others are just scared (they are more often than not mistreated in Linux forums). Quite a few go on and become addicted. Now my point is: I don't think that Linux should only be for an elite of PC knowledgeable people. As far as I can see, the basic features of a Linux user are two: (i) the will to be in control of their system and to understand, more or less thoroughly, what is going on in it; (ii) a willingness to cooperate with the community. But this can be shared even by people who know little more than how to click in a GUI. Even a bare clicker might like to know that she can activate or deactivate a module, she can move modules from /base to /optional, she can go back and forth between changes etc. This is just a first step, surely not much: but it is a sign of an attitude towards a PC and an OS, I'd say it's Linux-oriented behaviour. Users of this kind might be tempted to take some steps more, say, to play with cheatcodes or even to learn some basic Linux commands etc. Or they might not, and even this would be fine. In my opinion, Porteus especially invites people to go on and to peel off more layers of the onion as it were. My dream is a completely onion-like Linux, where people can begin as clickers (the outer layer) and gradually become experts if they just wish to. But it is crucial that even as clickers they are not merely subjected to their OS (Linux as an unhappy Windows...) but they handle it and are to some extent in control. This can also be the case in Windows and it is certainly the case in many Linux distributions, but the learning curve from blind user to 'controller' is rather steep. In Windows, a progress of that kind is actively hindered in several ways and the whole OS is for many users a very big and a very dark box. Porteus is special even in this respect because it allows people to manipulate the system even in easy ways and so it truly invites them to go on by little steps. (Sorry for being so repetitious.) The people I asked to try Porteus were enthusiastic about the possibility of setting up the system and about the 'exhilarating feeling' (a verbatim quote) of building up their own system. For all I can see, this is
the spirit of Linux, by all means.
There are difficulties. I have to help setting up the USB stick, the save file or dir, a couple of DEs and the porteus.cfg. Then some little trouble, a guy couldn't log in in mate -- I just changed the runlevel and run startx -- or little 'bugs', possibly specific to their machine. This is secondary, the documentation is excellent and the installing process might be further automated in the future, just to make the way in smoother. But the project -- that is great.
Ok, I'm a bit afraid I have over-replied...