Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: May 30 2006,03:05
Developer Notes Concerning DSL v3.0.
Note this is a "dot oh" release and an "RC1" as well, so test carefully. Most of the changes are for the deployment of unionfs which only occurs upon issuance of the boot code "unionfs".
Thanks to clacker and JB4X4 for their initial contributions regarding unionfs. I was still under the impression that unionfs was still be to rough around the edges. However...
I have been studying unionfs and how best to deploy it on DSL. In particular, how best to deploy for maximum capabilites on the ultra-low end machines. First of all we are not "moving to unionfs" like all the other distros seem to be doing. In fact it is an optional choice (for now anyways), a boot option. It's deployment is primarily targeted for a new extension type called unc. This new extension type may possibly obsolete the .dsl extension type and thus drastically reduce the memory requirements that .dsl's currently demand. This allows for even small machines to use Abiword, Cups, Opera, etc, because these extensions can now be used as "compressed mountable overlay images". I have adjusted many programs to make the creation and use of the unc type extension simple. Simply use the existing mydsl-load as you would for a uci. Their "package management" is entirely contained within the base DSL. We may possibly depreciate the memory hungry .dsl extensions. This is what I have always wanted to achieve. Having a small useful base as we do, and then just mounting additional apps as needed. This also means that we finally do have "package management". Just "unmount them" via our standard mydsl-load procedures.!
I have watched the board and seen the frustration of low memory users forced into a traditional hard drive install becuase they could not run Abiword as a dsl extension. I have seen the repeated requests for more uci type extensions. Yet we know the difficulties associated with trying to provide such. The new unc extensions satisfy both of these situations.
Also new in this release, thanks to clacker, again. Is fuse and sshfs. This provides a very simple network remote mounts without NFS or the need to install anything on the remote host. Very cool.
Also, I finally added the acpi power management modules. On older computers, like mine, I need to boot with acpi=force.
Edited by roberts on May 30 2006,03:07