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> Self-distro, How do you make a distro of your own?
post May 11 2004, 01:14 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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OK, some of you know that I am a terrible newbie, and you could probably come up with many other names to describe me smile.gif

The thing is, despite the fact that I've hardly started to use Linux, I have several great ideas for a new distribution! I know it's lame, but I had a 'brainstorm' and... well, what can you do?

The chart is pretty full of alternatives right now, so I don't know how much need there is for yet another distro, but I've even got the name ready!

So, what I was wondering about is how does one make a distro? Is it very hard? Will I be able to do this myself after handling Linux for a while, or will I have to turn the 'geek' up a notch? Is there an easy (sissy) way to do this and a hard (man's-man) way? I am very comfortable with the easy way, if there is such a thing! When you've got the skills, is it alright to just compile and distribute, no questions asked, or will this get me sued?

Maybe the alternate path is to compile a group of passionate Linux-users (with the Knowledge) and lead the way. The ideas I've got for a distribution are, actually, mostly concerning the image - but that is devastatingly good! cool.gif Are you with me!? tongue.gif

Again, I'm very aware that this question may be incredibly na´ve and even stoopid, but I trust you won't make fun of me... that much...

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post May 11 2004, 03:04 PM
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Its GNU/

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I think almost every newbie goes through that dream, its like wanting to be a firefighter when you were young (or an astronaut or whatever, in my case a Theoretical physicist). And its not a bad dream, its that dream that keeps to Open Source World alive. I mean thats the reason why there are practically hundreds of distros out there, and some of theme serve some really cool (all be it niche) purposes like Knoppix, ZipSlack, and others.

If you want to do your part start small, start by reporting bugs and errors to the right places so that experts can work on them. Than slowly move your way up to starting to write small programs. Than maybe one day you can start working on distro projects, it might not be your own distro, but helping to improve one of the giants can be just as cool and thats how they are all made. Thats the beauty of the open source world, don't let your dream die, just keep in glowing in the back of your mind and use that energy for other things.

And with that I make my 300 post and move up a notch in the world.

--Jim Lester

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