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Old 08-19-2007, 01:49 AM   #1
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Developing a small Linux OS


What are the prerequisites for developin a small LINUX OS. Small means a linux with limited features, that is limited command set, limited applications,and GUI Support. I am using Mandriva spring 2007.


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Old 08-19-2007, 02:14 AM   #2
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Are you trying to build your own, minimal distribution? Or are you ask us for a small, light-weight existing distribution?
 
Old 08-19-2007, 02:15 AM   #3
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You should look into LFS (and BLFS for throwing X on it). That's a difficult question to answer in a post, but LFS does it in a book.
 
Old 08-19-2007, 08:53 AM   #4
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Have a look at this page:

http://www-128.ibm.com/developerwork...ibrary/l-lwl1/

It is a bit outdated but describes building a minimal 2.4 Linux system using a floppy disk for the kernel. This could easily be adapted to suit your needs, and probably won't be as long winded as using Linux From Scratch, which goes into great detail and requires quite a bit of space (nothing wrong with LFS by the way).

Linux From Scratch is well worth reading though. It would be a great learning experience for anyone wanting to develop their own Linux Operating System.
 
Old 09-06-2007, 02:20 PM   #5
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Could I be able to use Mandriva as a base system........
Or Slackware is the only option......
Downloading Kernel means what.whats its extension......
What should i do inorder it to be run on mandriva........
 
Old 09-06-2007, 04:20 PM   #6
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Well I don't think you really want to be the one to build it yourself unless you really really want to learn a lot about linux on a core level. There is really no reason to strip down Mandriva, because what you'll end up with will not be Mandriva. So you could just start off with DSL, Puppy, Vector or Feather Linux.
 
Old 09-06-2007, 04:29 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by jimmy512 View Post

Wow Busybox... That's efficiency.
To hell with all that bash bloatware!
 
  


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