> 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:
> http://www.rocklinux.org, #rocklinux on irc.openprojects.net.
> 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. :-)
> 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
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 (www.lfs.org 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
Then you whould be able to boot with the source-cd and install a build.tbz2 instead of a
Then you can chroot to that system and build everything from sources.
Additionally this offers the possibility to build gentoo from within another
How do you guys think about that?