1.1 When did this Linux distro begin?
1.2 What is interesting about this? Why another distro? What is different from other Linux distributions?
1.3 What needs to be done? What is needed?
1.4 Why Linux?
1.5 What is the name?
1.6 What's the status?
1.7 How can I help?
2.1 How to install?
2.2 Where can I find documentation?
2.3 Where can I download the packages?
3.1 Why based on pkgsrc?
3.2 What is pkgsrc?
3.3 How many people work on pkgsrc?
3.4 What are the differences between this Linux distro and pkgsrc?
Initial development of a entirely Linux-based operating system
based on pkgsrc began in September 2002. This work included
providing pkgsrc specifications for over 30 Linux-specific or needed
software suites, such as glibc, linux-kernel, util-linux, vixie-cron, etc.
It uses the easy-to-use rc.conf and rc.d system developed for NetBSD and also used in FreeBSD (aka rcNG). The build-from-source
system has excellent features for consistently installing software
and creating packages. It makes it easy to have a very light-weight,
small install. Also, pkgsrc can be used on other operating systems,
so administrators can have consistent third-party (contrib) software
A simple text-based installer needs to be written.
An package tool needs to be finished that uses an available packages
database for easy dependency checking for package
downloads and installs.
Also mirror sites, mailing lists, webpages, and
documentation, et cetera,
need to be setup. And it needs to be named.
In some situations, Linux kernels and some software too specific
to Linux operating systems is needed.
PkgLinux is what it has been using.
No official name yet. But was leaning at using "pslinux" although
a few years ago it was used at a few places to mean "PlayStation Linux".
"ps" can stand for Pkgsrc.
Does anyone know if the term "ps linux" is still in use?
Other suggestions include "Reed Linux", "PkgSrc Linux", "PkgLinux".
Please share your advice.
It has been in continuous use since last 2003.
All components built using pkgsrc since early 2004.
Here is one PkgLinux
system's current package list (as of April 20, 2005). Primarily, this
workstation is used with KDE, firefox, openoffice.org and ggv.
Offer a fast build machine. Provide hosting for downloading
packages. Manage mailing lists. Pay for development work, training, packaging,
Here is one way to install it.
Have a look here.
See the list of mirror sites here
- Pkgsrc provides a consistent build environment.
- Pkgsrc maintainers are knowledgable, helpful and friendly.
- Pkgsrc provides a wide-variety of software.
- Pkgsrc offers an environment that can be reproduced on various operating systems.
- Pkgsrc provides enhanced rc.d scripts for starting, stopping, reloading,
and verifying running services.
- Pkgsrc provides customizable configuration locations (software
can be built to install and use configurations where you want them).
- Pkgsrc provides patches (as needed) for software for 64-bit support.
- Pkgsrc's pkgviews feature allows installing same software with different
versions at same time (for improved upgrades).
- Pkgsrc offers a security vulnerability database for
reporting known security issues with installed packages.
- Pkgsrc provides a stable (includes security) collection and a bleeding-edge collection. (New stable release each quarter with fixes as necessary.)
- Pkgsrc cleans up unchanged configurations on package deinstalls.
- Pkgsrc does not overwrite configurations on package installations
(and default configurations also available in examples directory).
- Pkgsrc is a mature project with constant development since 1997.
pkgsrc is a portable package building system for Linux, NetBSD, Darwin,
Mac OS X, Irix, Solaris, AIX, HPUX, BSD/OS, DragonFly, OpenBSD,
FreeBSD, OSF1, UnixWare, Interix and other operating systems for managing
over 5000 software suites. It provides: 1) a categorized collection of
specifications that help automate fetching source, verifying checksums,
patching, configuring, building, installing and packaging software suites;
2) package installation and maintenance tools (like pkg_add, pkg_info,
pkg_delete and others).
The website is at
Including the Sourceforge pkgsrc-wip project,
approximately 250 different developers maintain packages.
The pkgsrc files indicate that around 120 different
developers have made last commits (changes).
Approximately 33 developers very actively work on pkgsrc.
- A few packages have been modified to correctly build and/or
install. (Need to commit back to official pkgsrc.)
- Never uses libiconv package. (Uses glibc.)
- Uses glibc instead of gettext-lib.
- Uses new gettext-runtime and gettext-tools packages (if tools are needed)
- Pkgsrc uses /usr/pkg as the installation
directory by default; this Linux distro uses /usr.
- Pkgsrc uses /usr/pkg/info as the default info documentation directory;
this Linux distro uses /usr/share/info. (Man pages also in process to change
from man to share/man.)
- The pkg_add tool provides an upgrade in place option that does not
do a pkg_delete first.
- The default configuration directory is /etc.
- Installing rc.d scripts to /etc/rc.d is done by default.
- GNU_PROGRAM_PREFIX is set to nothing (for example "ls" instead of "gls").
- PAM usage is enabled.
- Using bzipped packages instead of gzipped packages.
- mtree and mtree specifications not used to pre-create directories.
- Default paper size is "letter".
- X.org X11R6 is the X11-type used.
- Most software stripped by default.