how does it work?
    The livecd itself will be based off of Slackware 10 (stable tree) a week or two after it has been officially released. In conjunction with the Slackware OS will be Dropline Gnome. While many see Gnome as a resource hog, done correctly it allows speed and low resource usage while remaining beautiful.

    Both Slackware 10 and Dropline gnome will be streamlined to the finest degree, eliminating packages that are unneeded or a horrible version when compared to a different program. I plan to begin starting the tao as an i686 optimized distribution (Intel's Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium IV, AMD's Athlon, Duron CPUs, and Celeron processors) due to the inclusion of Dropline Gnome as well as speed of use, and then later recompile Dropline Gnome as i386 or i486 compiled for other processors. This does mean in the future there will be two releases to choose from, i686 or i386/i486. Both iso's will be bootable, of course.

    I plan on creating the livecd itself through the use of SLAX livecd scripts due to it already being focused towards Slackware. While I will customize them for the appropriate needs of the tao, it is my starting point. This does mean I am considering the use of ovlfs instead of cloop because while cloop can compress better to store much more information on the CD it is also much slower than ovlfs. Since I am focusing the tao on being fast while not wasting space on unnessessary packages, I don't see much need for the extra space compression of cloop.

However, I am open to any suggestions and insights people have and would love any comments you have. Feel free to email them to me at poohsuntzu at gmail dot com Logo