More detailed profile

David D.W. Downey david.downey at
Fri Sep 1 00:20:06 PDT 2000

OK, I am going to sound like an idiot but I've got to in order to become

What in the hell is ALFS? (I know I subscribed in the flurry of love for
LFS without really checking what that was about. Please forgive my

It SOUNDS like you are discussing full automation of LFS from the ground
up. If this is true... SIGN ME UP TO DEVEL!!! I would LOVE to add
something like this to KiXO Linux! Imagine being able to give a CD out
with things set the way I want them in a distribution with the ability to
have them compiled on a clients system thus guaranteeing that the software
will work for them since their own system created it! I lvoe the concept!

(Dude! Who does your marketing! Have I got a TON of ideas for this

OK, lemme stop now... Sorry, I tend to get carried away on new ideas (well
new for me anyways)

On Thu, 31 Aug 2000, Rod Roark wrote:

> Gerard, your approach and profile samples are certainly well
> considered.  What I'd like to suggest is first having some discussion
> at a higher level.
> What we're basically talking about is the automation of a large,
> complex build.  This is precisely what a Makefile is for, and
> accordingly I have been undertaking the creation of a Makefile to
> execute the procedures in the LFS book (actually it's already done and
> working, but I'm doing some reorganizing of it and adding the capability
> to build a few other things).
> So anyway aren't you really talking about making a better Make?  There's
> certainly value in that far beyond the scope of just LFS.
> There's also a need to precisely define the objectives of ALFS.  For
> me, it's all about having precise control over what's in my system and
> not being dependent on commercial interests, nor the choices and
> schedules associated with the major distributions.  Also important is
> to *understand* what's installed in my system, and why.
> So I think it's vital to do this in a way that is open and
> understandable.  If a new language must be invented, it should be a
> very quick study and/or have other compelling uses.  I don't personally
> care about a GUI front-end, though perhaps others do.
> By the way I'll make my Makefile available for everyone's scrutiny in a
> couple of days.
> -- Rod
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David D.W. Downey          Red Hat Certified Engineer   |   Internet Security Specialist            
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