What next? [Was: Re: LiveCD or No LiveCD?]

Jeremy Huntwork jhuntwork at linuxfromscratch.org
Tue Feb 26 06:49:06 PST 2008

Jeremy Huntwork wrote:
> * Does the community still want the LiveCD project? (Consider that a 
> couple of the arguments above imply that the LFS LiveCD by its nature is 
> degrading the quality of LFS)
> * If so, is the community prepared to lend help in keeping it alive?

Thank you all for your comments and consideration. I ran through the 
lists quickly this morning and came up with the following:

20 people expressed their appreciation for the CD, more than half voting 
to keep the project around. Also, several either offered to contribute 
or suggested ways in which the project may be improved.

2 people explicitly voted to drop the project.

I could let this thread continue for some more time, but I get the 
impression that the ratio of votes will continue approximately the same.

So the real question now becomes, where do we go from here? There have 
been a few suggestions put forward as to what may help future 
development and what will alleviate the original concerns brought up. I 
will try to lay down what I recall:

* Go back to the drawing board, so to speak. Start a new CD from scratch 
that is minimal (and minimal means minimal, not just 'without X') and 
re-define core concepts that the CD will adhere closely to. (For 
example, as proof of the soundness of LFS, the CD should strictly adhere 
to LFS. If we adopt this one aspect, we should also be able to make use 
of ALFS development to produce the CD, instead of maintaining a full set 
of separate scripts.)

* As has been suggested from a long time ago, make use of package 
management in the build process, especially for BLFS packages. This 
would allow at least two benefits: an easier development process, and 
greater extensibility/customization.

* Add an LFS-style document to the project that teaches how to create a 
LiveCD from scratch.

* Devise methods for users to more easily provide feedback and make it 
easier to contribute as a whole.

What are your thoughts on the above? And are there any other 
suggestions, either new ones or ones that I missed?


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