This time last year, I attempted to build a Linux branded zone from scratch.
I created an empty directory structure to hold a Linux zone and them
attempted to populate the directory from Linux sources. I used the Linux
from Scratch web site (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/) as a guide to the
While it was an educational process and I learnt a lot about cross-compiling
Linux, eventually I failed. At a number of points, one must perform some
particularly weird link procedures which I couldn't correctly customise in
the mixed environment.
After a year though, it still seems like a good idea. SPARC Linux support
is rare, yet the T series SPARC processors should be capable of running
Linux extremely well. As a branded zone uses SunOS as a kernel, building
just the user level parts of Linux should produce an operating system which
could show the same excellent performance as Solaris when used as a web
If such a branded zone could be built, it could be detached, tar'ed up and
distributed as a unit that could be installed elsewhere.
I don't have the time to work further on the idea so I thought I would just
cast it out in case anybody else wants a project for the xmas break :-)
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