> From: "Bali Mirage" <bali_mirage@...>
> Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 00:31:38 +0800
> To: cehardin@...
> Subject: Simply GNUstep Status?
> I downloaded Simply GNUstep several months ago and am wondering about the
> current status of the project.
> I'm really impressed with what you've done so far and hope to see an actually
> distro soon.
(note: this is CCed to the mailing list)
Thanks! A new release is VERY near. This release will be aimed at
developer's however, not users. The installer (text based) is almost done,
it just needs some quick checks to make sure everything is ok (very tedious
Here are some facts:
*Install disc holds the complete distro, even the developer packages
(eventually the developer packagers will prop have to be moved to a separate
*All the software is neatly separated into user, and developer packages. If
only User packages are installed there won't be single include.h, man3,
lib.a, or anything that has anything to do with development whatsoever
(pretty cool, heh?)
*I created my own software package system which is clean and elegant. It's
only purpose is to provide user-friendly updates. The user should not
install software using these packages. (he/she should not even be aware
that they exist) Users will install software the Mac OS way: Drag n Drop.
*The distro uses the devfs, has no swap partition, and uses OSX like
directories in /. Yes, that's right, no swap partition! It uses swapd
which automagically creates swap files as they are needed, and deletes them
when they are not (just like OSX).
*This release will be IDE only, no SCSI for now. Sorry.
*This release should NOT under ANY circumstances be installed to a machine
that has an OS already on it. The installer is very dumb and will NOT
properly set up dual-booting! Only install onto a dedicated machine for
testing purposes. (Remember this release is for developers)
*After the installer is done and the computer reboots you must manually set
up XFree86, sound, the network, etc.
*Yes, we are still using X11. An eventual goal is to move away from X11 to
a linux video framebuffer based system. I'm designing it right now. I can
tell you that it will have an awesome imaging model and that the *exact*
same code will be used for both video and printer display. I'm gonna write
up some docs on my proposed system and post it eventually.
*VOTE TIME: Right now the default filesystem installed is ext2. I'm
willing to put it options for other filesystems if you convince me. I want
to know which ones you people prefer most:
Pse email me, I'm getting lonely...
> Anyway, thanks.
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