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Linux: a not-unix-like OS.

Well, I am still ex­per­i­ment­ing with my con­cep­t-dis­tro.

I am now up to a run­ning PyQt us­ing uClibc, which I thought un­like­ly ;-)

I com­plete­ly re­moved all the sysv init stuff, and re­placed it with runit, which has an in­ter­est­ing ef­fec­t:

It boots to a graph­i­cal lo­gin in about 15 sec­ond­s. In­side qe­mu. In a 900Mhz duron. In­clud­ing ker­nel load­ing.

Of course the trick is that you have the lo­gin while stuff is still load­ing, but I am work­ing on that, too.

Since us­ing runit it's pret­ty sim­ple to get a over­view of where the boot­ing process is (ser­vices have de­pen­den­cies, they sim­ply get start­ed in or­der, and in par­al­lel), I will hack a sys­tem-wide ksplash-­like thing on a side of the xdm (prob­a­bly will end up writ­ing my own what­everd­m).

Think of it as Fe­do­ra's rhg­b, on­ly you can lo­gin in­stead of get­ting bored.

I al­so switched to a root-free sys­tem Ubun­tu style. Not de­cid­ed yet on it, but it's not hard to do (or use).

Next step: hack Knop­pix HW-de­tec­tion script (or rather re­write them in a re­al lan­guage).

I un­der­stand why there are 743 Lin­ux dis­tros. It's quite a lot of fun to hack one to­geth­er.

Oh, and it needs a name. It's not go­ing to be use­ful for any­one, it's just a per­son­al toy, but it needs one.

Come on, Plan­etkde guys, throw me names for a non-u­nix like lin­ux, if you dare ;-)

Joe Lorem / 2006-04-03 15:37:

A lot of disties end in -ix (knoppix, etc), and a lot of things are negated start in un- (un-cooperative, etc.)

Put them together, and you have un-ix


SomeGuy / 2006-04-03 15:38:

KRNU - KRNU *really* is not UNIX ;-)

Boudewijn Rempt / 2006-04-03 15:38:


SomeGuy / 2006-04-03 15:39:

KOS - the system with the K

SomeGuy / 2006-04-03 15:40:





niX (in german, nix means nothing ;>)

Inorog / 2006-04-03 15:40:

You said it.

"no unix like linux" aka NULL ;-)

Roberto Alsina / 2006-04-03 15:41:

If it didn´t remind me of GNU, KRNU would rule :-)

nix looks good, NULL is definitely interesting :-)

That would make me Null´s dev, too!

Morty / 2006-04-03 15:42:

If you go for NULL, I'd recommend you do not add the K. As this will give it a "slightly" different meaning on some languages:-)

For not being usefull for someone else, I'm hoping for you at least writing up small HOWTO or step-by-step guide for us sligtly dense people who would want to try the same:-)

Jason / 2006-04-03 15:43:

How about picoNIX (I wanted to suggest just pico, but this is already pine's editor). Maybe femtoo (combining femto and gentoo)?

ngallow / 2006-04-03 15:43:


Fisi is Swahili word meaning hyena(Greedy animal)

Roberto Alsina / 2006-04-03 15:44:

Hmmm... Fisix (I don´t talk elite, sorry ;-) The name is not bad, and there´s a hynix somewhere that may be related.

And yes, a HOWTO is forthcoming. Maybe a HOWTO and a ISO (about 100MB) if it actually works and I can find a place to host it.

Roberto Alsina / 2006-04-03 15:46:

Alsinax? That sounds like my Asterix-universe clone :-)

ac / 2006-04-03 15:46:

My vote goes to Alsinax ;)

Ellyll the mad scientist / 2006-04-03 15:47:

How about "UNUNIXD". It says what it is and would look great in artwork form.

ok ok I told you I was mad.... hehahehaheha...

Wheres my cat? oh and bring me bond....

sergio / 2006-04-03 15:48:

How about: "NillNull"

NillNull Is Linux-Like Not Unix-Like, Linux

Roberto Alsina / 2006-04-03 15:49:

Ok, so NULL it is.

Revence 27 / 2006-04-03 16:14:

Rosario Linux!!!!!!

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