Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10
Customizability and simplicity.
Old kernel, and no reiserfs support.
I decided I want to create my own custimized version of linux for my laptop, and tried to customize both Red Hat and SuSE and failed miserably as they are both too heavy (too many programs, and they all depend on other programs and libraries). Therefore, I needed something extremely basic to start with to build my own system from the ground up. The search began. Many things looked TOO basic though, so I had to find some middle ground, and that's exactly what I found with Core Linux. Extremely basic, but not lacking anything necessary to begin building i.e. text editor, gcc, etc. There is only one version to download, and it comes with whatever kernel is in the CD image that you burn to CD to install it. Mine happened to have kernel 2.4.18. In order to install Core Linux, you boot to a linux kernel on the bootable CD that you make from the CD image. Once you boot the CD, you use fdisk to set up your partitions. Then you have to make yourself a kernel (the one you are using was only booted from the CD; it's not on your hard drive). My CD came with the source for the 2.4.18 kernel, and I could not get it to compile at all. Eventually I got it to compile, but then of course, this being a laptop, it wouldn't boot. I got around this problem by copying the kernel image on the installation CD to the /boot directory of the hard drive and setting things up to use that kernel. Then once I could boot the hard drive I copied the 2.4.21 kernel's source to my hard drive and successfully compiled that many times. Unfortunately for me, the laptop needs something special enabled in the kernel config file in able to boot AT ALL, so I couldn't get any of the kernels I made to boot, but others would probably have better luck if using a desktop and not a laptop. This looks like an excellent distro for customization, and I would recommend it to anyone who has extreme customization in mind. One thing I didn't like was that I wanted to use reiserfs for performance, but the kernel on the CD which I was forced to use only supports ext2, not reiserfs and not ext3. The only other thing I didn't like was that it still came with the kernel 2.4.18 source when 2.4.21 had been stable for quite a while. Now we're up to 2.4.22 and even 2.6.?? if you're the experimental type, so I don't know why it's being distributed with 2.4.18. Anyway, I think it's a good distro with potential only limited by the user's abilties.