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From: Bill Anderson <bill@...>
Subject: Re: Re: Tom
Date: Thu Jan 25 09:01:01 2001
Achim Gottinger wrote:

> Thomas Flavel wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 07:29:01PM -0600, Bryce Porter wrote:
>>> Tom:
>>> "I'm just thinking along the lines of a minimum binary system where
>>> absolutley needed, and compiling specifically everywhere else? I realise this would
>>> be slow to install on slower systems, but, since we're all power users... ;)
>>> Seriously though, I do think this would be a nice feature, unless there's
>>> some practicality reason I'm missing."
>>> -------------------------------------------------------------
>>> I think this is a great idea. I heard of a GNU/Linux distrobution that
>>> when installed compiled all selected packages from source, making it the
>>> most optimized you could get for your specific machine. I think it was
>>> called Rock Linux or something.
>> Not heard of it, but a quick search on google reveals the predicatable url:
>>, #rocklinux on
>> Looks to be faily mature (at least they're past 1.0 ;), supports ppc and alpha
>> as well as x86.
> Please send me you ppc, alpha, i64, mips, sparc machines and I will do the ports. :-)

How about SSH access to an Alpha? Good enough? ;^)=

>> From what I can see it has a binary cd version, with the option
>> to compile from source (the same thing I was talking about, if I understand them
>> correctly). It describes it's package management as closer to FreeBSD than debian.
>> It looks to be quite similar to gentoo to me, although not quite as advanced.
> I took a look at the site and think that we need something similar to cfengine
> sometimes.
> I thougth about a minimum build system too, while I had to go back to i486 from i686.
> There is another project linux-from-scratch ( i think) that creates a
> statically linked set
> of packages required for build first and then builds the rest with that bin's. Such a
> set would require
> about 50MB and it is not difficult to make a few modified packages for that.
> This build-system could be placed on a gentoo-source cd together with a snapshot of the
> port-tree.
> Then you whould be able to boot with the source-cd and install a build.tbz2 instead of a
> sys.tbz2.
> Then you can chroot to that system and build everything from sources.
> Additionally this offers the possibility to build gentoo from within another
> linux-distro.
> How do you guys think about that?

Sounds rather cool to me.


Re: Re: Tom
-- Achim Gottinger
Re: Re: Tom
-- Bill Anderson
Re: Tom
-- Bryce Porter
Re: Re: Tom
-- Thomas Flavel
Re: Re: Tom
-- Achim Gottinger
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