The HandyLinux distribution is a beginner friendly project based on Debian. The distribution features a custom application menu which was designed to make using Linux easy for newcomers. HandyLinux is also, primarily, a French language distribution and a good platform for French speaking people. Sadly, the HandyLinux project is shutting down. In a farewell blog post the project explains that the distribution did not attract enough community support. An English translation of the post reads, in part: "Let us rejoice in the disappearance of this distribution which has shown that an additional distro is not the best idea because, apart from the dispersion of development resources, there is also (and above all) dispersion of support resources . It is this aspect that HandyLinux has lacked: not enough people to form a solid community and able to face the inevitable attacks as soon as one has a hair of success." The project's website, forums and other resources will remain in place for over a year, until April 6, 2018. This should give HandyLinux users time to migrate to other platforms.
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