From: Chad Hardin <cehardin@ma...> - 2002-07-12 02:52:42
I'm in the process of making a real installation disc now. the Step1
disc is not an installation disc, it is a "live-filesystem" or
"demo-linux" type of disc, it only runs gnustep.
The Step-1 iso image was nothing more than a demonstration disc to show
the concept of a GNUstep system to people. It has no worth anymore,
instead, I have a complete source tree which automatically builds the
images on an almost daily basis (for testing)
Here is the current status of the source tree:
*Its is 2.8GB in size.
*I have not yet written the utility to automatically detect and install
drivers(modules), pciutils is part of the install disc though
*I plan to use the reiser filesystem
*Disc partitioning is simple, 20MB for /boot and the rest for /
*No swap partition, the swap system is handled dynamically with swapd
*GNUstep is in /, so there is /System, /Network, and /Local (maybe
/Local will be a symlink to /System)
*There will also be /Volumes (/mnt will be symlink to it) and /Users
(/home will be a symlink to it)
*GWorkspace can be easily configured to not display anything in we don't
want the user to see (like /mnt, /home, /usr, /etc)
*The source operates in several steps, they are:
1. Create statically linked programs like bash, gcc, binutils, and
put them in the WorkingTree in usr bin etc lib
2. chroot into Working tree, rebuild everything to work with
3. Build the packages for the installation (mostly done, needs to
be cleaned up)
4. Strip all the libs and binaries to reduce size
5. Selectively copy the contents of WorkingTree directory to the
6. Make an iso image based on the InstallDisc directory
*The next release will contain a very primitive shell script installer.
It will do nothing more than:
*identify hd to install to (NO DUAL BOOTS for NOW)
*partition hd into /boot and /
*make the filesystems
*slam the packages into the hd
*install boot loader
Note that no configuratio will be done, you will have to set up X11,
network, etc yourself for now
It's looking like the install disc can easilly hold the packages for a
User and Developer, the Source Disc will be on a seperate Disc.
Also note that the SGStep Source Tree (the 2.8GB one) can be compressed
with bzip2 to fit on a cd-rom if anybody would like the source.
On Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at 07:22 AM, Dimitris Vidos wrote:
> ok, i will have to make an installation of SimplyGnuStep though. i
> downloaded step1 but i have no clue as how to install...
> should i dd or copy the files into a new filesystem?
> is there anything else that you think i have to install?
> gnustep-base, gnustep-gui etc... are included in your iso image?
> i have a crux distro but i will make a fresh partition for
On Thu, 11 Jul 2002, Chad Hardin wrote:
is there any plan to include OpenUp.app, Affiche, ImageViewer.app GSFTP,
LUserNet.app etc? i mean will you support all existing (at a mature enough
state) applis of GnuStep?
PS. the more i look around, the more i like this project!