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Old 06-15-2004, 12:29 PM   #1
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Exclamation New Linux distrobution

Hey, I am developing a new distrobution and was wondering how to compile the source and more importantly, where I can get source for Mandrake, Debian, Suse, etc. Here are the specs:

- Full Windows software support BUILT IN!
- Support for most majore Linux distrobutions (Mandrake, Suse, Debian, etc)
- Updated GUI (Much more features, able to change graphical features)
- Can support Mac software FULLY
- Can run as a dedicated server, game machine, or office computer

If you would like to help in any way, like giving me source code, or helping me out a little, please email me at
Old 06-15-2004, 12:48 PM   #2
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Deep in the woods of southern NJ
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Wow, sounds like an ambitious undertaking!

I'd be concerned that all that cross-OS compatibility would compromise Linux's legendary stablity. Personally, I'd rather see more development on either porting the most desirable Win/Mac apps to Linux or developing native analogs that are just as good and full-featured as the originals.
Old 06-15-2004, 01:45 PM   #3
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I would perhaps undertake something a little less challenging. A knoppix remaster is quite a simple process, for example.

I always wanted a 200mb mini-live-cd with xfce-4, firefox and gaim. I would love you forever if you knocked up one of those!
Old 06-15-2004, 01:54 PM   #4
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Damn small linux is a 50mb live cd based on knoppix. There is a howto in their forums about re-mastering it with different software.;f=11;t=79

LFS, Linux from scratch is also an interesting project, which might be interesting to you.

Best of luck, let me know if you need any help.
Old 10-17-2004, 06:06 PM   #5
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Suse internet issues

Have you tried ping from your pc out to the internet? Occasionally the DNS server won't work ( issues at the ISP ). I used to work DSL for the local telco, and if you cannot get to the URL, it isn't necessarily something wrong on your end. I have seen the path corrupted at the telco and needs to be re-engineered by the telco. Also, check to see if your router has an option to ping out. I miss the old Cisco 675/678 routers, but I digress...

anyway, try ping and traceroute. those commands can save a lot of headaches...

hope I was of some help,

Old 10-20-2004, 10:57 AM   #6
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If your really into doing this by all meansw go for it. To ease your windows porting pains include wine.
Old 10-20-2004, 11:14 AM   #7
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Well, Window support is possible........ but MAC Support is virtualy impossible without an Emulator and MAC OS its self. Since the MAC uses a different Architexture its not really possible to write a wine for MAC . Also, I heard about a project a while back. A couple of guys over at where gonna setup a Distro called brknlnx, they planed on MAC Support, Windows Support etc etc......... If the project still exists on Source Forge you might beable to checkup on em and see if anything has happened lately.........
Old 10-20-2004, 11:14 AM   #8
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Your can get complete source disks from Debian


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