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 process.
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 server. 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 :-) _______________________________________________ zones-discuss mailing list email@example.com