Posts tagged Molecule
I can’t think of a better way to learn something new by playing. Since the “spin era” has begun with Sabayon Linux by using molecule, it’s something new to learn. Joost has posted a quick run down of how to do a basic spin. I’ve been messing around with this molecule thing and have found that adding and subtracting packages is simple enough to do. I do find that specific customizations of the user and root accounts a bit more complicated. I’m still trying to figure that one out yet. Scripting isn’t my strong point at all. I understand what it needs to do, but assembling a script of commands and paths is like writing hieroglyphics. I’m not sure where the script should be placed at in my spec file nor when the script should be invoked.
I didn’t have much interest in doing a spin till I realized that a couple of things in my own personal life stuck out to me. The biggest thing was my constantly working and fixing on people’s windows machines that are constantly plagued with viruses and malware. The idea than came up to make a spin specific to fixing and repairing windows machines. I already knew that Sabayon boots up and works on many machines with no problems, which makes it great for such a job of booting windows machines that don’t. I made my first spin and that same week I had 3 machines come in with problems. I tossed in my spin, did the fixes, and got the machines back to a sane state again. It’s very effective and saves me time. I now carry it around on a usb stick and it’s with me at all times. I learned a lot in the process and now with the structure in place, it’s easy for me to update my original spin with latest entropy.
I was talking with our local Chief of Police who is also on the task force for Child Pornography and discovered that at the last training class they were using old Knoppix disks to access a suspected computer. I was surprised to see how limited they were and decided to take my spin a bit further and add some more stuff. This is when my spin turned into a Sabayon Forensics spin. I collected a list of packages that would be most useful and fairly easily for any law enforcement official to use. Keep in mind that it’s for using at the local level to determine if a suspected computer needs to go into the crime lab. It has the abilities to boot, fix, crack, search, upload, and transfer files easily on any computer. I am using the gnome x86 for my base and plan on doing an x86 KDE one also. My last issue to figure out is how to switch out the default background of the desktop. I want to leave all the other artwork in place, just switch out the desktop background. Once I figure this out, I plan to present this and maybe Sabayon can become a part of fighting crime. If not adopted at the state level, it still will be used at the local level. This is my goal upon boot up:
One last thing before I sign off. Last week we lost one of our staff members in an accident. He was laid to rest on July 3rd and will be missed. He is still in our thoughts and prayers to family and friends. One of our staff members was able to attend the funeral and we sent flowers from the Sabayon crew.
Why VLOS you may ask, well hang on and you will see how Sabayon’s entropy and molecule is helping others produce their own distros. I was browsing distrowatch the other night and noticed that VLOS has come back to life. I thought to myself, hey, I had tried that distro out back in like 2006. I started checking it out and I soon discovered that VLOS is using the entropy package manager and it’s built off of Daniel Robbins’s funtoo stages. So you start off with the ground work of funtoo and than maintain it with entropy via the vidalinux repository. They do manage their own repository and branches, currently at a branch 2 setting. I was able to switch out the repositories config file and load Sabayon’s default one. There is a lot of sabayon in VLOS and I felt right at home. Even tho it is an alpha release, it ran great for me. You can find their package list to see what is all included. The installer is the same installer we currently use. You’ll see a lot of Sabayon stuff as you use it. I have no idea who or what is behind this project tho. The documentation on their website is kinda scarce and not sure what their future plans are.
Gnome is the default desktop
Desktop stuff in action – notice the sabayonuser
And the ever famous Sulfur
This is the second distro that I know of that is using entropy as their main package manager. Cuba came out with a distro called Nova a while back and they are using entropy. I have no experience with their distro. We currently have another guy developing another linux distro based on Sabayon tools also. This is all good and exciting stuff to see. Sabayon Linux is making a difference for many. I would like to hear from those that are currently using our tools to build their distros. Drop us a line and let us know. If you are looking to do something like this, I suggest looking at molecule. Fabio should be proud of himself and the best part, he is willing to help these developers. He will take the time out of his busy day and answer questions.
Well, it’s been a while since 5.1 packages entered into mainline and I am pleased to see that for the most part, it went pretty smooth. I think I heard more complaints about the amount of packages vs. updating issues. I can live with that. Portage is constantly changing, very active and can be a challenge to keep up to at times. This keeps entropy maintainers busy bringing you the latest and greatest stuff.
Last week Fabio released the 5.1 beta 1 isos for the testing team and it’s looking pretty good, which it should be since it’s mostly just updated packages. If you are doing your equo update && equo world regularly than you already have 5.1. 5.1 will just basically save a person from having to do so many updates. I believe the latest gnome will be included in the 5.1 as the beta 1 did not have it. Still hammering out all the details for a beta 2.
Fabio is also going to put together a Gamers DVD. You can find more information and ask questions on the forum. The details are sketchy yet and we will of course post more information at a later time. I’m still a die hard enemy territory fan, it’s about the only game I jump into and play.
I want to bring up a post on the developers mailing list that Fabio brought up on Molecule 0.3. I see from time to time people asking about remastering an iso. This is the tool to do it and feel free to check into it. Hopefully we will get some more documentation out on that soon.
Core-cd for 5.* is coming. I know several are wondering about it. Mitch is definitely working on it tho. Hopefully testing team will get a taste of it soon.
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