Looking at your requirements
Navigatrix uses the most energy efficient kernel and configuration generally available. To do better you would need to tailor to individual preferences/tolerances and individual machines.
Navigatrix is Linux
based. Additionally all applications are open source or freely available.
Navigatrix is designed to run on a 4GB USB stick, DVD
, or harddrive
The window manager and desktop environment
is lightweight yet aesthetically pleasing.
...and your final requirement; you want something that looks, smells, and tastes like Navigatrix.
Seems pretty obvious what to do unless you like a challenge, hours of configuration, and re-inventing the wheel
There are a few errors people make.
Thinking Linux is hard. Navigatrix is Linux base and therefore hard. They don't try it. The hardest part is booting from a USB stick or a DVD
Thinking Linux distributions require that you pat your head
and rub your stomach to make them work; many do. Therefore, since Navigatrix is a Linux distribution they pat; and they rub; and they create problems that would otherwise not be there. To take a number from an old soap advertisement, 99.44% of the installations do not require additional configuration, drivers, or software
...it just works.
Trying to Use a LiveCD (USB stick) installation
outside the limits of the medium. This applies to all distributions. As stated previously, the stock LiveCD installation
is for a 4GB medium. Larger USB device, or flashcard installations can accommodate modifications to maximize the preferences of the individual.
My guess is your posting
here in the cruising forum was just a shot in the dark.
There is an active support forum and an active support community for Navigatrix users: http://navigatix.net/support.php
I see you were there and your problem was resolved.
As you noted it "is conceptually a great system". It so 'conceptually' great I use it nearly every day on my journey that, thus far, has taken me 1/3 the way around the world. I use it to navigate, communicate, learn, and entertain. While others end users of Navigatrix have already crossed oceans, some just sail regionally. It is solid. It is adaptable.
Clearly there is more that can be done; documentation
; additional applications, etc...I am pleased to hear the rumblings of continued active development of the system. Many hands make light the work and a little money
to pay the bills doesn't hurt.
As an end user of Navigatrix I am happy to contribute to the project
in time and money
to help other end users derive the same satisfaction that I receive.
I hope you find the same satisfaction.