[Server-devel] another distro?

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 12:55:06 EDT 2009

On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 6:01 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
> Now that we have XS 0.6 in the "Stable", I'll raise the issue once
> more. Are we at a point in development where we can reassess the issue
> of basing the XS on other distros such as Debian stable or Ubuntu LTS?

It is definitely quite a bit more work to switch distros :-)

Personally I am "over the hump" with Fedora skills -- my rpm knowledge
came back after many (8?) years of neglect, and I now know a ton more
than I ever did.

If someone does repackage all the xs packages debian format, and shows
that there is a workable means of building an installer and
controlling the installation, I am all ears.

An added bit of work will be to repackage and reimplement the
kernel+initramfs magic that I plan to reuse from the XO OS team, so we
can run XS on XO-1 and XO-1.5 -- those two will need very different
kernels and initramfsen. And the "reimplement" bit won't be easy:
initramfs implementations are in flux on both sides, guaranteeing a
ton of fun and sleepless nights.

The upside -- of course! -- is the path to LTS. I wish I knew where it was...

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