Alright, so here's why this project has been so inactive over the last few months.
Recently, I got a new adapter for my Samsung Galaxy S9. It transforms the phone into a PC when connected to a TV. Unfortunately, my new Bluetooth keyboard and mouse have taken up the space on my desk for my wired ones which I use with my Pi.
These images are not built with an automated script like the Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker images are. I create the image manually, create the partitions on the image manually, mount the partitions on the image manually, deboostrap Debian into the root partition manually, setup sources.list manually, update all the packages on the system manually, install several core packages (such as sudo and wget) manually, install the desktop environment manually, compile the kernel manually, install the kernel and its modules onto the image manually, copy the bootloader files manually, and then unmount the image manually. I then flash the image to a spare 8GB microSD card and boot it up to test it.
I'm planning on creating a script that builds the images semi-automatically. Once I have tested the script once and built a test image using it that boots successfully, I will use that for building the images. The images will come in two formats: stable (stretch) and testing (buster). When buster is released as stable and stretch becomes oldstable, I will cease development of stretch based images and will start producing buster images under the stable format and bullseye images under the testing format. And so on.
I'm going to have to use my laptop to build these images which I don't use very often anymore because of an app from Samsung called Linux on DeX allowing me to run a fully fledged Linux distro on my phone when connected to a monitor. This can help my phone act as a replacement for a laptop or desktop. I am unable to build images using this because Android's security policy prevents me from using chroot or systemd-nspawn. Even if it did allow me to use those two tools, or one of them, I can't imagine it letting me use dd to flash the image to a microSD card.
Is the project dead? No. Just inactive at the moment. However, I do have plans to revive it at some point. Just not straight away. I'm going to have to plan a more flexible way to build the images that doesn't involve doing everything manually before I start building images again.
Thanks for reading.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS desktop images for the Raspberry Pi 3.