11 Mar 2001 pzb   » (Journeyer)

I have not been very good about posting diary entries, my last entry is aboutsix months old. Since then I my old company had financial trouble, and I was laid off.

I am now working for Scyld, doing development of the Beowulf cluster operation system.

I am currently working on our alpha distribution. As part of the project, I have written a build system that allows for easy creation of a Red Hat CD with updates. The existing ones that I found were missing some important features, such as proper RPM version comparison. Once I have it working on both i386 and alpha, I will release it, and send it to the redhat-cdrom-howto author.

After I get this version of the alpha distribution done, I am thinking about hacking on aboot to give it options like syslinux, so it can show user configurable messages at boot, have named boot labels, have a timeout, and have different default and timeout options. Aboot seems to be cleanly coded (at least the C part), and I think that most of these changes can be integrated into the main distribution without too many problems.

I am also hoping that linux 2.2.19 will be released soon, as I want to get a new kernel ready for our next release/errata, and don't want to try to track all the patches done to 2.2.18. I also want to get the update done for somewhat selfish reasons, as I want to get USB working on my laptop, and would like to try out ext3 and some other patches that are not integrated into the main kernel tree.

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