On Tuesday, August 5, 2003, at 03:12 AM, Peter-Henry Mander wrote:
> No problem. We have a few laptops here too, along with the big iron.
> Is the CD going to be a live one, knoppix style, or simply an
> installation CD? A live CD will be easier to test without screwing up
> the machines ( you know what I'm like :-)
It will be both! Remember in the Os 9 days when you could launch the
cd and have a usable system, as well as the ability to install? That's
what it will be like.
> cehardin@... wrote:
>> That's ok, the sources are such a fast moving target that I think it
>> would be pretty hard for someone else to try and follow along.
>> However, I could definitely use your help verifying that the install
>> discs, when they are done, work on as many machines as possible!
>> On Tuesday, August 5, 2003, at 12:53 AM, Peter-Henry Mander wrote:
>>> How exciting!
>>> I'm so sorry I'm unable to even get a build going periodically, I'm
>>> snowed under right now. I have the machines up and running, and
>>> *loads* of spare CPU power simply producing hot air! I feel ashamed
>>> to admit that!
>>> Chad, I will extract the proverbial digit and provide some build
>>> feedback at the very least.
>>> cehardin@... wrote:
>>>> I am now changing Prometheus to do a lot of things differently.
>>>> First, we are going to a complete, full, linux-2.6.0 build. In
>>>> order to do this lots of software is checked out of cvs, instead
>>>> of being simply downloaded. Mainly glibc.
>>>> The move away from XFree86 has begun (sorta, read on). The display
>>>> system for Prometheus will be based on DirectFB, which uses the
>>>> linux kernel video framebuffer. It is hardware accelerated and
>>>> allows some really cool stuff. The first cool thing it does is
>>>> allows us to to rid ourselves of XFree86.
>>>> Because DirectFB is framebuffer based, we can do some really
>>>> awesome stuff. For example, we can not only boot up graphically,
>>>> but boot up using OpenGL! that's right, the bootup can actually
>>>> be OpenGL stuff. Also, configuration of the system is way easier,
>>>> the install is cleaner too, no crazy /usr/X11 directories.
>>>> "But wait! You can't just abandon X11! There is a lot of great
>>>> X11 software I want to run!" you say. No worries, my friend!
>>>> There is a project called XDirectFB which does rootless X11
>>>> windows, just like in Mac Os X, so you can still run you're X11
>>>> apps too!
>>>> This means that for now, we can compile gnustep to use the X11,
>>>> just as it does normally. But eventually we should create a new
>>>> backend for gnustep which interacts directly with directfb. That
>>>> work is starting, and will be the new NuVu project (NuVu was a
>>>> project I started in november to create a lightweight window
>>>> This puts Prometheus way above "just another linux distro". This
>>>> is innovation, man! :-)
>>>> More to come,
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