Re: [dev] Suckless (*NIX|*BSD) Distribution?

From: Kurt H Maier <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 10:45:11 -0500

On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 8:47 AM, Thomas Gallen<> wrote:
> You are correct, we don't give fancy names to automating our
> installations (at least not that I'm aware of).

If stock Gentoo installation tools work for rolling out unattended
installs to many diverse workstations, a couple dozen servers, and two
clusters, someone needs to write a paper, because I bet there's a PhD
in there for them. FAI and kickstart are far more than "fancy names."
 I suspect you've misapprehended what they do.

> I'd fire you too considering the current tarballs are updated regularly
> and keeping a local package cache and portage mirror is not rocket
> science. Of course, if you require all of X and a desktop environment on
> your servers, then I can't help you there.

Not really sure what X has to do with local repositories, but yes,
some of our machines do require X and a desktop environment. People
actually use them.

> It's a metadistribution. The entire point is to use it how you see fit
> and it tries to help you do that, but it by no means holds your hand
> while doing it.

I don't think "metadistribution" has an actual application here. I
see things like LFS or JeOS as metadistributions; 'being configurable'
doesn't really cut it.

# Kurt H Maier
Received on Sat Jun 20 2009 - 15:45:11 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0 : Sat Jun 20 2009 - 15:48:01 UTC