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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 naÔve and even stoopid, but I trust you won't make fun of me... that much...

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post May 11 2004, 01:51 PM
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Its GNU/

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If you want to start to get a feel for what its even going to start to be like, do a Linux from Scratch project, or a stage One Gentoo install. And those are just the installs.

Those are just allowing you to customize the system to fit your specific needs. I have been spending a lot of my time in linux over the past school year and amassed a lot of knowledge, and the last time I tried a stage one Gentoo Install I realized how much I still have to learn.

If you are really talking about writing your own distro your not only going to need a lot of linux knowledge, but a lot of programming experience.

The thing with open source is you can take code and recycle it into your own code, meaning you can make changes here and changes there and than call it your own. The only thing you really can't do is re-distribute the exact same code. Now there are some grey areas and some things here and there and if you want to learn about it there are plenty of great articles on-line to learn about open-source law, go for it, I find it really interesting, but thatís just me.

To be very frank with you, creating your own disto by editing the code to make improvements is a daunting task and something that a linux newbie would have a very hard time with, thatís with out any knowledge of your programming expertise which I think is where most of the skill lies. You would need to dedicate a lot of time, energy, and knowledge into really making a totally new distro.

If you just want a distro that will run great on your computer, serve your custom needs, and teach you a lot of linux, I recommend doing a stage one Gentoo install or a Linux from Scratch project. Either one, youíre going to have to set aside a couple days. My last Gentoo install took three days.

--Jim Lester

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