[svlug] Red Hat pulls plugs on Red Hat Linux product line

Sumeet Singh Parmar sparmar at veraznet.com
Wed Nov 5 12:48:19 PST 2003

There is a little known distribution ArchLinux http://archlinux.org/ - it
has pre-built packages in tar.gz format (i686) and a utility called pacman
that you can supply with a target mount plus the filelist. I usually get a
working system minus X in under 20 mins. You will want to forego the default
install process and figure out the exact binaries you need and prepare a
filelist that way. Not sure about how well it supports security patches,
updates, maintenance etc.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ivan Sergio Borgonovo [mailto:mail at webthatworks.it]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 12:11 PM
> To: svlug at lists.svlug.org
> Subject: Re: [svlug] Red Hat pulls plugs on Red Hat Linux product line
> On Wed, 5 Nov 2003 13:54:51 -0800
> Kim <kim at linuxpuppy.net> wrote:
> > I havent seen any gentoo equiv of linuxconf with gentoo, but that
> > dosent mean there isn't a similar beast.
> > If you install gentoo from stage one, by the time you're done I
> > doubt you would need a gui tool to config the system. You might want
> > to go and grab the gentoo install docs from http://www.gentoo.org
> > and read through them to get an idea of what you're getting into.
> > (they are long, but very well written)
> > But don't expect the install can be done in a day. (maybe it can)
> > But my last gentoo install took about a week for me to get
> > everything setup and tweaked to my idea of what a PC should be like.
> OK suppose I just want to use Gentoo as the "framework" to build up a
> binary distro... I remember vaguely there were some tools to make
> binary packages.
> Is it possible? Reasonable?
> I don't want to make a stage3 tar ball. I want rpm/deb alike packages
> to place on a CD, with dependencies so I could install a Gentoo distro
> on several boxes chosing just the packages I want without the need to
> recompile everything. Maybe packages won't be perfectly optimized but
> at least I'll know all the libs there are on my box.
> > Also, pay extra attention to setting up your USE flags. It's easy to
> > waste a lot of time building a botched system if you mess up here.
> What do you mean *exactly*?
> When I did my experiments with Gentoo there were a lot of - and very
> few + in my USE and everything worked fine till that unlucky perl
> security update. And I doubt the 2 things were related.
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