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SEUL: Common SEUL/e-linux tools needed
First, A note to the e-linux team:
I've been discussing stuff with the SEUL team, and I think we would
be a good distrubution for them to be derived from since our goals
are so similar... I do not believe that we should merge, because
our target audience is distinct from theirs... We are targeting
the IT user or power user type who wants a straight-forward way
to install/use/maintain a linux system... This audience doesn't
need functionality hidden from them, just presented in a more
useable more uniform manner. SEUL is intended to the secretary
or manager who is just giving up their typewriter for a computer.
They need to take extra pains to hide functionality that would
confuse their user-base... I feel, however, that our projects
should share common lineage.
I had mentioned before on the SEUL list that we need some system tools that
are currently not availible to facilitate both SEUL and e-linux. These
tools should be command-line based, so that an ncurses or GUI interface
can be easily pasted over the top to promote uniformity... it will also allow
such programs to be run in a script.
Here is a short list of some of the tools that I envision us needing...
BTW, when I mention "server side" I'm refering to tools running on
"packaging servers" that would validate packages for distribution for
our package manager:
partition management tool:
will create/delete/move all kinds of partitions
will resize fat16/fat32/NTFS/minix/ext2fs partitions
may be modeled after, but probably not based upon
Will be able to configure all packages'
(and automatically re-compile when necessary).
This will maintain both user preferences (in
standard dot-files) and system-wide configurations
and preferences (stored in /etc, /var, etc.)
Will rely upon plug-in modules included into our
Package management tool:
heavily intigrated with our configuration tool.
Will check dependencies, maintain database, and
offer to download missing modules required by
package being installed/updraded.
will emulate a virtual linux system, allowing
a safe environment to test-install packages that
must install and run as root... It may be nice to have
a version for each hardware platform...
This will run as batch, so speed isn't a concern!
Package verification software:
verify that packages work correctly according to developer
provided tests, verifies minimum system requirements,
ensures that package doesn't modify sensitive system files
without notifying (root) user. PGP authenticates software.
maintanes software archive.
Will rely upon Linux Emulator.