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Old 09-15-2008, 02:11 PM
Liraz Siri
 
Default description of custom packages in TurnKey Linux ( developing Live CDs and other ways to get involved ( using a Live CD to transparently migrate Microsoft file and print sharing ( TurnKey Linux: new project builds Ubuntu base)

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Neil Wilson wrote:

| And is there a description anywhere of what these custom components
| do, and why you need them?
|

Sort of, though documentation is always something that can be improved.

Any package that isn't taken straight from Ubuntu's repositories can be
found at our mini-repository at archive.turnkeylinux.org, and the
corresponding source can be found at code.turnkeylinux.org. New packages
have READMEs in them. For example:

http://code.turnkeylinux.org/di-live/docs/README

Modified packages, of which there are currently only three (casper,
busybox-initramfs and turnkey-keyring) are also labeled in the package
management system (e.g., casper is versioned 1.131-turnkey+15+g0374506).

We had to modify casper because Ubuntu's casper hardwires various
behaviors that don't need to happen in a server Live CD type scenario
(e.g., X configuration)

Ubuntu's developers did that because currently only Ubuntu runs the
desktop versions (Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu) "live". Ubuntu server can't
run live and doesn't use casper, but TurnKey Linux appliances are mostly
built for server tasks so we had to change that.

The patches to busybox-initramfs change the built busybox configuration
slightly to better serve TurnKey's different usage scenario (compared to
Ubuntu).

There are a couple of new packages in the appliances as well: we
packages Joomla because nobody else would touch it due to frequent
security issues and we wrote di-live as glue code that would allow
debian-installer to run from a live CD usage scenario without a GUI
(which Ubiquity needs).

This kind of information is something I think might be good to add to
the development wiki http://turnkey.wik.is/, maybe others are interested
in it as well.

If you have other ideas, we'd love to hear about them.

Cheers,
Liarz
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