Today I chose a name for a new Linux distribution: Vitality.

I chose the name Vitality for a few reasons:

  • Dictionary definitions very much met my expectation for the purpose of this distribution. A goal of Digital Survival is to provide old world ideas to new world technologies.
    • According to the The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition vitality can mean: “n. Power to survive.”
    • Another dictionary definition says: “capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence”.
  • It was important to me to maintain a distinction between this operating system and Digital Survival (as an organization). This operating system is not the final product. Digital Survival is an organization that helps people become more independent, secure, and knowledgeable. Re-purposing old (or new) computer systems with a shiny operating system is worthy goal, but it’s only a piece of the solution.; there more that sums the whole.
  • Out of all the names I considered (it took a while) I thought this name was the most catchy and fitting. I might refine the name a little in the future. Maybe it will morph into “Vitality OS” or “Vitality Linux”. Right now simply “Vitality” sounds good to me.

Now it’s time for me to get busy making this piece possible. If you want to help or have suggestions, please see the project’s GitHub page:

It should be easy enough for most people to open a pull request there.

I’d like to thank my friend who goes by the pseudonym “NP-Hardass” for the sounding board he’s been for some of my ideas. Thanks, NP!