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