17 Jul 2002 spot   » (Master)


If it wasn't for "work", I'd have lots of time to dedicate to Aurora stuff. ;)

I gave a very impromptu presentation on the origins of Aurora SPARC Linux, and the motivations that lead to its creation. I suspect strongly that I bored the audience to tears, but hey.

The good news? Two days ago, I did the first successful local "install" of Aurora, onto my U10. The installer didn't have silo in the base group in the comps file, so when it tried to run its silo magic to initialize the bootloader, anaconda tracebacked, but I was able to switch to the shell and install/run silo manually, and the system came up clean. Albeit, this is with the "base" set of packages only, and I haven't started to test X configuration through anaconda, but this is a huge huge step. Jeremy said he fixed the silo issues that we uncovered, so if I have time today, I'll try another install with the most current version of the auroraconda tree.

Mind you, this is still a ways off from "isos", so don't rush me with emails asking for that.

I've also been somewhat idly poking the 0.3 kernel with experimental optimizations, like the 0(1) scheduler port, rml's lowlatency patch port, and the super_page patch. I'm not sure I'll keep any of these things in the mainline Aurora kernel, but I might make a custom kernel available for people who are longing for such things.

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