Newbies are often deterred from trying out Linux (or other open source operating systems) because of the amount of time and effort they may need to spend in customizing the OS to work on their hardware after a fresh installation. The same goes for old users planning to switch hardware. It is often difficult to figure out if a new model will work in harmony with Linux. Distroshare is trying to solve this problem.
Distroshare is a fresh service introduced by HugeGreenBug Software, LLC. It wants to become an online repository of customized operating systems for specific hardware – you can search and find one for your laptop or desktop model and use it without solving the same problem twice. To be on the safer side, you may even test drive the images from Live USB before installing on your hardware. Where will the images come from? There are users like you who sometimes spend months in customizing a OS are generous enough to share them for the benefit of others. It’s the same philosophy on which the open source model works? Closed-source OSes can’t be redistributed at will like this!