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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 12 2004, 03:28 AM
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yeah, I went trough that dream as well...but I'm still not ready...

my advice is , do the following :

1. Learn to use Linux really good (I mean really-really good) this will take a few years , well I think after 1 year you will be more comfortable with it, and after 2 yrs of work with linux you will know a lot of things. (I began using linux a year ago, and now I'm a bit more comfortable with it, but I still don't know enough...well, I think I will never know enough smile.gif ).

2. Once you know how to do stuff with Linux, start learning BASH SCRIPT, it's the first step toward programing, it's not hard, but you can learn aditional commands (A MUST HAVE FOR ANY LINUX ADMINISTRATOR) , and you will learn the structure of a program .

3. When you feel that you know enough about BASH SCRIPT (1-2 yrs) , you can begin to dive deeper, I reccomend doing some C programing (that is what I'm going to do, after I master BASH SCRIPTING (still not very good at it). I think you will spend the rest of your life here smile.gif , well almost all of it.

4. Once you know how to program in BASH SCRIPT, C , and know how to use can start reading those very-very long manuals (quiet confusing at first, but it should be easy once you know a thing or two), about how the kernel works, how does linux boot, what do the services do...etc, and after a while you should be ready to create your own distro (but I think when you reach this point , you will not want to do your distro smile.gif , I mean why invent something that is already inveneted? , I think you will do some patches , some new applications, that will make your iptables setup easier, etc...I mean some customisation, but I might be wrong).

Well anyway , as you can see the road is quiet long till you reach those immortal skills (and you can make a computer install itself just by looking at it and saying some magic words).

I'm at the begining of step 2.

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