Sunday, January 06, 2008


Yow - a vacation from blogging has disrupted my routine. Let's not even discuss how many unread messages sit in my feed reader.

At any rate, Sunday is the day for my weekly installment on progress made on Aloofix.

First off, here are some some potentially interesting vital statistics related to the current version (0.3.1ish) of Aloofix:

  • 13MB - size of ISO Image
  • 8MB - RAM used in instance
  • 40MB - disk space used inside instance
The installation is based on the following packages:
  • linux 2.6.23
  • glibc 2.7
  • grub 0.97
  • busybox 1.8.2
  • e2fsprogs 1.40.2
  • ipkg 0.99.163
  • zlib 1.2.3
  • dropbear 0.50
Early alpha testing has uncovered a few bugs. All but one was easy to fix. I'm still working on an issue related to 64-bit build environments. Until then, the build must be done on a 32-bit x86 platform.

In addition to early bug reports, work continues on Aloofix - lots of fun!

The most notable addition since version 0.3 is support for VMWare Player and Qemu. I've also scanned through the kernel configuration, making changes appropriate for a virtualized environment.

Version 0.4 will probably remain a private alpha release. Leave a comment if you're interested in participating in the testing.

Barring any notable issues, I'm hoping to release version 0.5 to the public.

Until then, cheers!

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