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Re: [Xen-users] Small distro for DomU?

On Wed, 17 Aug 2005, Chris de Vidal wrote:

> --- Tim Hudoba <tim.hudoba@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Does anyone know of a good secure minimal distro with 2.6 kernel and X
> > capabilities?
> How 'bout Deb Sarge?  Woody was approximately 110MB, dunno how small Sarge is
> but it can't be very big.

A BusyBox-based image is closer to 10 megs, and is capable of running X..
see http://uclibc.org/ and http://buildroot.uclibc.org/ for more
(buildroot will automate the download-configure-compile steps of a pretty
robust root filesystem).. add a kernel, and you're golden..

The only caveat is that uclibc *isn't* compatable with the "normal" libc
-- all your applications will need to be compiled against uclibc. SSH/SSL
is a menu selection within the buildroot tool, so this should be taken
care of for you.. alternatively, build a root image with the compiler
inside, and build all your applications that way.. compile within a
development image/VM, then move them out and into your production images..

Just about everything that builds against libc builds against uclibc, so
you shouldn't have too much trouble with it..

Hope this helps..


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