LiveCD Future

DJ Lucas dj at linuxfromscratch.org
Wed Oct 15 20:21:15 PDT 2008


Jeremy Huntwork wrote:
> The purpose of this thread is to see at what level are 
> LiveCDs beneficial or useful to the community, especially the {,B}LFS 
> editors so that we can modify the core goals and aims of the project for 
> future efforts.
>   

For me, the LiveCD should be able to build LFS from bare metal and 
perform basic rescue tasks.  I don't care if the packages or a copy of 
the book are on it, as long as the tools are available so that I can get 
and view them. 

For my tastes, beyond the base LFS and the myriad of hardware out there, 
these requirements are partitioning tools for the common filesystems (I 
use reiser, ext3, and xfs depending on the purpose of the system), basic 
networking (dhcp is nice but not a requirement), gpm, lynx, svn, and 
probably the docbook stack to process the svn books. 

jhalfs on board is a nice addition, but if I can download it, I can put 
it anywhere on a real filesystem.  Samba, NFS, Coda, Fuse...could 
probably all be useful, but shouldn't be needed if you have net access.  
X is kinda neat I guess, but I've never actually used or needed it.  A 
console mail/news reader could be useful, but again, I wouldn't use it.  
X86_64 might be nice in the future, but it's not needed, unless you just 
have gobs of RAM and want to do the whole build on a RAM Disk (which I 
just might be silly and try someday...for which I can build my own CD). 
;-)  IMO, while all of that stuff I mentioned above is nice to have, it 
is just not required.  It should be fairly minimal, barely above a base 
LFS for my intended use.

-- DJ Lucas


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