Roll your own Linux?
by David Brickner
Related link: http://platform.progeny.com/componentized/index.html
A few months ago Ian Murdock announced his intent to build a componentized Linux. Though I read his announcement, I have to admit I still came away a little confused. He seemed to be describing what I thought Debian and Gentoo already were, minimal systems that let you tightly control what you put on top of them.
Now it's a couple of months later and Progeny, Ian's company, is releasing a Developer's edition that delivers on his idea. I'll have to download it and check it out.
I like the idea of rolling my own Linux distro. But to me the idea needs to go one step further. Don't just make it easy for users to decide which packages they want (don't all the distros do that?), or make it flexible for the users to change certain components like making it easy to rev KDE or Gnome (something hard to do in Lycoris, Lindows, and Xandros); instead, make it easy for the user to choose which hardware detection subsystem they want to use, which package installation subsystem, which gui or text based installer, which init system, and so on.
Let the user really roll their own Linux distro, which can be useful in businesses and universities that want to provide a completely customized Linux that completely suits their needs.
Maybe that is what Ian's new project will do. I guess I'll understand more once I download the iso's and give it a shot.
I'm pretty interested as well in how 'componentized linux' is going to play out and will be keeping an eye on this new rebirth of Progeny.
I can understand why some people prefer KDE, but I think they're misguided in trying to change the choice of GNOME for UserLinux. UL is based on the premise of using only free software in the fullest sense. Given that premise, KDE (and QT in particular) is simply not an option.