Devel Digest, Vol 36, Issue 12

Mitch Bradley wmb at
Tue Feb 3 12:13:16 EST 2009

> Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 07:57:02 -0500
> From: Wade Brainerd <wadetb at>
> Subject: Re: OLPC upgrades
> To: "C. Scott Ananian" <cscott at>
> Cc: OLPC Devel <devel at>
> Message-ID: <377B4440-AAD7-412C-B22B-16158D6F464F at>
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> A patch isn't really appropriate but generally speaking I:
> - Followed Mitch Bradley's instructions for tar-ing /dev.
> - Replaced the initrd with a 3 liner using busybox that just mounts  
> NAND and calls switch_root.  This involved undoing all the version  
> stuff in the filesystem.
> - Replaced rc.sysinit with a 30 line script that starts the services I  
> want and mounts the required points.
> - Removed the entire SYSV runlevel system.
> I was learning about all this stuff as I did it, but it still didn't  
> take that long.  And I have a lot of plans to make it even faster.
> A few things don't work right, like I'm still trying to figure out why  
> there are no network interfaces...But If anyone would like to see the  
> scripts I'd be happy to share them.

How about bundling them up and attaching them to the "Improve Startup 
Speed" ticket .  That way all the 
research that nobody does anything about because it diverges too much 
from the blessed Fedora will all be in one place.

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