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GNULinux.com: Roll Your Own Distro - If You Dare!

Jul 01, 2000, 12:39 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Bisaillon)

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"I've tried Slackware, Red Hat, and Mandrake distributions. I still haven't found the perfect distribution. A few weeks ago (before I got ADSL) I decided to make my own distribution. I followed both the Stable and Development versions of the Linux From Scratch documents downloading them from www.linuxfromscratch.org. I used the Development version to get the base system going, and I used the Stable version to get all the Internet-related stuff working."

"After hours of downloading (with a 33.6 modem) and compiling I made an important early discovery for building your own distribution. When you compile a kernel, the configure script detects the minimum number of dependencies it needs in order to compile properly. Does compiling it now with fewer dependencies filled, hinder the software and/or make it less stable than if I'd filled more dependencies and compiled it again later? I wondered if everyone who made their own distribution, actually recompiled those previously compiled packages with more dependencies filled? Anyway, that's what I was going to focus on in my distribution to make things more stable (if, in fact this really does make a difference)."

"I wanted to focus on implementing the new 2.4.0-test1 kernel, devfs, and XFree86 4.0. I tried out devfs and I was impressed with how well it worked but I didn't try a SCSI emulation. Instead, I was going to try some SCSI emulation workarounds, I'd read about. XFree86 4.0 worked pretty well except that when I used the new 3dfx Banshee DRI module, XFree86 4.0 had a pile of visual bugs. I had to resort to using XFree86 4.0 without the 3dfx Banshee DRI module loaded to avoid the bugs. As a consequence, I never got Quake III Beta working properly with XFree86 4.0's Mesa drivers either."

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