Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: Mar. 19 2007,15:07
|Quote (Jason W @ Mar. 18 2007,23:42)|
|I would like to see DSL-N move forward, of course, and I would also like it to remain true to the DSL heritage of resource friendliness as well as relatively small size rather than be a full blown Linux live cd. You can't have both at the same time and there are already enough full size live cd's out there in my opinion.|
I agree with you, Jason. It doesn't make much sense to me to have DSL-N take off in a completely different direction, such as using Ubuntu as a base (which makes a lot more sense than updating Knoppix 4.0.2 to use Ubuntu's repositories more seamlessly as the other user wanted) or even pkgsrc as I suggested. I figure it would be easier to make a spartan install that leaves just enough for a user to have a clean base on which to build whatever, and do it on the bleeding edge (or pretty close, especially compared to Debian's repositories).
I worked on that a little this weekend. Nutshell: I didn't get far due to the NCAA Tournament (#%@ USC!) and my decision that I'd much rather strip down Knoppix to leave the bits I'd need for pkgsrc than add it back in and restrip DSL-N of stuff that would eventually be upgraded, isn't needed for such a system, etc. I posted a (lack of) progress report:
Last night I decided that it would be easier to just use a standard distro -- such as Slackware (which I've installed over Kubuntu and am now using with pkgsrc) or Debian or one of the BSDs -- for something like that than to build it atop a hard drive install of a live CD that would have to be restripped anyway. That's too much work when there are already much better solutions like Voltalinux and Bluewall already using Slack and Debian (respectively) with pkgsrc, not to mention the other OSes that can use pkgsrc.
If people want Ubuntu-like systems and want to use the Ubuntu repositories, it's a free download and they'll even send you a free CD. I would be disappointed if DSL-N turned into some branch of Ubuntu -- DSL-N deserves its own niche and should remain true to the spirit of DSL. Since there was nobody who expressed any interest and it's really not the kind of thing I'd use with DSL or DSL-N, I'm going to abandon this and stick with what already works for me.
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