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Old 06-22-2001, 02:10 AM   #1
Registered: Apr 2001
Location: Earth
Distribution: Trying to get GENTOO 2004.2 INSTALLED... Weeeee!!!!
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if you could make your own distro, what would you put in it??

if you were building a new distribution - what features, programs, or innovations would you include? remember, it has to be free to download and distribute, so you can't include commercial/proprietary software - but free demos are ok!


-Installer Features


-Data Recovery Tools



-Standard Packages:

- - Internet: Web Browsers, Email, IRC, ICU, Instant Message,FTP,HTTP,Web Development

- - Desktop Environment / Window Manager Combos

- - Login Manager

- - Servers and Daemons

- - Office, Graphics, Multimedia, File-Sharing

- - Emulators, Games (NO roms together w/emulators), Game-creation

- - Development Environments

- - Security and Administration

- - Peripheral and Device Enhancement Software

-Configuration Utilities and Integration Programs

-Package Management and Formats

-Other Miscellaneous Coolness

- NO FLAME WARS... "can't we all just get along?"

 - save a sea turtle, get email at!

i need webspace, know of any good linux-friendly hosts?

Last edited by rabidundead; 06-22-2001 at 02:36 AM.
Old 06-22-2001, 03:44 AM   #2
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My own distro would include profiles choices for:
  1. Desktop/Workstation
  2. Samba Server
  3. http Server
  4. db server (MySQL/mSQL/postgres)
  5. firewall/forwarder
A SECURE management module should be used via shttp with user/group permissions. It would be nice to set up a server with which a local admin user(s) could manage whatever level thay are allowed. Kinda like Netware...
Old 06-22-2001, 07:43 AM   #3
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i would make a test at the beginning of the install, if you pass it, the install procedes, if you fail, it prompts you to go to to learn more about linux.

don't mind me though, i'm just talking crazy.
Old 06-22-2001, 08:29 AM   #4
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Now that's a good idea trickykid Now if I only had enough time.
Old 06-24-2001, 11:46 PM   #5
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
Distribution: Ubuntu
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I would like to see a purpose built Samba distro.

It should prompt you for domain, shares, login script, users etc during the install and set it up automajically. It should have tick boxes for installing an e-mail server, ftp server, web server, fax server, proxy server and IP Masqing.

It should have web browser based GUI administration, strong security and automatic updates. On the CD would be a ssh freeware client that you use to connect to the server if you still wanted to do any config manually or learn more about linux.

The admin utility should automatically create back up files of any config changes you made. And there should be a tool similar to 'System Restore' in WinME that you could take any changes you made back to any point, in case you stuffed something up.

It would take over the market for servers for small to medium size businesses.

One of my mates had to put in an NT server at his work because he didn't know enough about linux to install a samba server. He knows linux/samba is better but doesn't have the time to learn it. If he had a CD that was a purpose built samba distro, that would have been a different story.

Last edited by hazza96; 06-24-2001 at 11:54 PM.
Old 07-15-2001, 11:59 PM   #6
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Registered: Jul 2001
Location: California
Distribution: Red Hat 7.1, Slackware 8.0
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Mine would have something that would kind of convert source code. I do not know how to say it, but it would be like taking perl source code, and putting it through a program that would turn it into assembly code. It would also be called "Version 1"... It just sounds so...COOOOL!!!! Hee Hee! I'm so happy! Oh, yeah, it would be as powerful as red hat, and as easy as mandrake! Everything would be GPL, so that it could grow and be huge!

*****Colonel Panic*****

"Good programmers know what to write. Excellent programmers know what to rewrite"
--Eric S. Raymond


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