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[Qemu-devel] ANN: DetaolB v0.3 is released

From: Christian MICHON
Subject: [Qemu-devel] ANN: DetaolB v0.3 is released
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 23:13:32 +0200

DetaolB v0.3 is being released 14th,June 2007 on sf.net

- this is mostly a release with tons of added features
- this is mostly a proof of concept
- this is not a bugfix release
- your feedback will shape it into v1.0 someday, so please post
 at the DetaolB mailing list: address@hidden


- it's bigger now: ~17Mb, but it's still smaller than slax-frodo :)
- you can still log using root with no password (this will change)
- kernel 2.6.21 with following patches...
 * acpi, ide/atapi drivers added
 * /proc/miniconfig.gz: main ideas from Rob Landley, need documentation
 * aufs: another unionfs
 * squashfs
 * lzma vmlinux: a great thanks to Ming Ching Tiew!
 * complete git patches released on sf.net
- still based on initramfs early userspace, now using switch_root
 * 1st phase is using a minimal static bbox
 * 2nd phase is mounting cdrom and 5 squashfs modules in aufs new root.
   This is a common scheme inspired by slax, yet simplified for speed.
 * 3rd phase is root switching and over to standard init phase
 * main drawback: changes to the rootfs are lost if you reboot. I've
   not figured out a smart way using initramfs+aufs+squashfs and
   access rootfs changes from RAM...
 * but it's still blazing fast even in qemu!
- 5 default squashfs modules are present and enabled
 * "barebone" is busybox-1.6.0 with rootfs config files + mksquashfs
 * "uclibc" is uClibc-0.9.29 + zlib
 * "ncurses" is ncurses-5.2, needed for uclibc/bbox/kernel compilation
 * "toolchain" is needed for C compilation
   + gcc-3.4.6
   + binutils-2.16.1
   + bash-3.2
   + bison-2.1
   + flex-2.5.33
   + make-3.81
   + misc. coreutils mandatory for uclibc/bbox/kernel compilation
 * "vim" is a full vim-7.1 installation
 * these modules were compiled using DetaolB v0.3, and config files
   for uclibc and busybox are inside /root
 * "git" is compiled but not included yet
- a 2.6.17 version of DetaolB v0.3 exist for colinux! it'll be
 available on demand, or will be released anyway at version 1.0

- use your favorite emulator: qemu, virtualbox, even vmplayer!
- you need to provide an hda image preformatted in ext2 if you want
 to work on a non-volatile area (busybox has no more ext2fs tools ??)
- boot it, do some compilation, enjoy it
- please note it has no network capabilities
- this distro is not meant for real hardware yet (but it will be soon)


http://detaolb.sourceforge.net/, a linux distribution for Qemu

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