Projects / Aloofix


Aloofix is conceptually similar to the Ubuntu JeOS (Just enough OS), but much more aggressive when it comes to the term "just enough". The build environment consists of a collection of Makefiles, scripts, and configuration files capable of creating a bootable ISO image. This ISO image contains a small set of scripts and utility programs for installing Aloofix on a primary hard drive in a VM environment. The build environment provides the raw materials for creating and provisioning a set of guest instances for VirtualBox, VMWare, and Qemu.


Recent releases

  •  04 Apr 2009 21:16

    Release Notes: A considerable number of enhancements, bug fixes, and cleanup were incorporated. All packages were updated to the latest stable version. A considerable number of add-on packages were added. Support was added for running Aloofix on Mac OS X using VMWare Fusion, Sun Virtualbox, Qemu (via Q), and User-Mode Linux. A buildstrap procedure was added to simplify the steps needed to build an initial Aloofix instance. A template-driven script for adding new packages was added. Preliminary support for Amazon Web Servces EC2 was added.

    •  03 Mar 2008 01:21

      Release Notes: Recipes for several add-on packages have been added: bash, bison, gawk, m4, nasm, ncurses, patch, and strace. This release also includes a recipe for Java JRE 1.5 as an add-on package. Support for local patch files for the kernel and busybox has been added. Syslinux has been bumped to 3.62, and e2fsprogs has been bumped to 1.40.7. This release has been tested againsted Virtualbox 1.5.6. More documentation is included.

      •  13 Feb 2008 18:21

        Release Notes: The start of a compilation toolchain has been added. GNU Make, GCC, and GNU Binutils can be built as add-on packages. Ncurses was successfully built as a test inside an Aloofix guest. It's one step closer to being able to build Aloofix in Aloofix. Support for populating and using a Web-based ipkg repository has been added. Notable package version bumps include Linux and busybox 1.9.1. In addition, qemu 1.9.1 is now supported. Root access is no longer needed for the preinstall build stage.

        •  04 Feb 2008 00:28

          Release Notes: The release status has moved from alpha to beta. Version bumps have been done for Linux 2.6.24 and e2fsprogs 1.40.5. Support for non-root users has been improved. The command line options -cd/-nocd have been added to manager scripts to control whether the CD is attached at boot time. Booting from the hard drive boot loader no longer presents a boot menu, but proceeds directly to booting the kernel. Basic support for inclusion of add-on packages has been added. There are numerous bugfixes, cleanups, and improvements.

          •  27 Jan 2008 00:20

            Release Notes: This initial release is capable of creating a working distribution.


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