nov202220

Yann Gaillard

superBoxon Bare Metal 22.10 Released

Hello,

I am pleased to announce you that superBoxon bare metal version 22.10 is now released.

This ISO image is what I use to build the bases of superBoxon live version. This version is a minimalist version of the Slackware distribution to which I have added some extra packages I use, and It works exactly the same as the Slackware distribution, so at the end of installation you will only get a customized Slackware with all the remaining settings to do by yourself.

Note: Check this tutorial before processing if you want to install this ISO image.

Go to download page to get the ISO image.

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nov202216

Yann Gaillard

Completion Of Installation Of "Bare Metal" Version

To build the "Live" version of superBoxon distribution, I begin by installing a custom version of the Slackware distribution. This version which I designate by the term "bare metal" is a minimalist version of the Slackware distribution to which I have added some extra packages I use.

Thereby, the installation takes place exactly as if you were installing a typical Slackware with the difference that I am using Grub2 as boot system instead of Lilo or Syslinux.

That's why you will need to perform an additional procedure before you can boot on the newly installed system and that's what I will explain in this article.

Install and configure Grub2 at the end of the installation of "bare metal" version:

When the installation have been completed and the following screen is displayed type Ctrl-C to interrupt the running script.

Move to the "scripts" folder of the installation ISO image:

cd /var/log/mount/scripts/

That folder contains 2 bash scripts that will allow installation, and also to configure Grub2 to be used as the main boot process.

So you have to begin by using the script "beforeChroot.sh" to install Grub2, nano text editor and prepare the environment to use the "chroot" command to configure the new system:

./breforeChroot.sh

After a few tens of seconds, when the execution of the script is finished, you can use the "chroot" command to log into the new system and finish configuring it.

chroot /mnt

Once connected in the new system, you have to mount the ISO image in order to use the second script:

mount /dev/sr0 /mnt

All that remains is to move back to the "scripts" folder of the ISO image:

cd /mnt/scripts/

Then use the second script contained in the folder:

./afterChroot.sh

After a few seconds, when the execution of the script ends, you can exit the "chroot" environment:

exit

That's it, the system is ready to be used, now you have to reboot so that the system will start on the newly installed system.

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oct202210

Yann Gaillard

News And Situation As Of October

So a few news. After a float period that allowed me to reorganize my life, I can finally start again in good conditions since my employer transformed my employment contract into a permanent contract, so I have a job (and the income that goes with it) for several years if all goes well, which allows me to fund my life, and by extension my projects.

So first change, I will now provide an installable version of the Slackware distibution I am using to generate the superBoxon distribution. It will be exactly the same as the Slackware "current", with the difference that it will also contains the packages I recompiled in addition of the packages coming directly from the Slackware "current".

Next, I will start working on the software that will allow the installation and the update of the superBoxon distribution in such a way to finally get a system that is really usable in a production environment.

So a lot of good things to come, stay tuned.

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may202228

Yann Gaillard

superBoxon 22-04 Released

Hello,

I am pleased to announce you that superBoxon version 22-04 is now released.

It's remaining a lot of work to be done, but it seems to me that my project is moving in the right direction since I have resolved a lot of issues.

Please consider that this version is a "BETA" version and may not be used as main system on a production computer as I released it just to show that my project is not a vaporware, so be patient, I will release a more polished version soon.

Go to download page to get the ISO image.

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may202222

Yann Gaillard

Time To Release

Hello all, this time it's the right one.

I just regenerated the latest version of my live ISO image of superBoxon based on the April 6, 2022 snapshot of Slackware64 current with the few modifications I made to it.

Yes, I know, April 6 was a month ago, but it doesn't matter, I will use newer versions as I will automate the build process.

It works well on QEMU/KVM, so I will spend a couple of days to test it on the few real computers I have and running it from a USB stick.

If everything works fine, then I will make it available within a week.

So, wish me luck so that everything goes well...

Regards.

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