Aloofix 0.8

An open source project that allows you to built a Linux distribution optimized for virtual machines
Aloofix - Running the Aloofix Linux operating system in QEMU
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Aloofix is an open source and freely distributed software project designed for advanced users who want to create a single purpose, minimalist distribution of Linux optimized for running in a virtual machine. It is heavily inspired by the Ubuntu JeOS project.

Distributed as a source archive file

As Aloofix is not a distribution of Linux per se, it is distributed as a source archive file, which contains all the necessary scripts and tools to build a minimalist Linux kernel-based operating system suitable for running inside virtual machines.

What’s in the source archive file

In the source archive file, which is compressed with the gz method, you will find a collection of configuration files, makefiles and scripts capable of generating a bootable ISO image that includes a minimal set of scripts and several command-line tools for installing Aloofix on the disk drive of a virtual machine environment.

How the built process works

Aloofix has been designed in such a way that it offers a unique built environment, which provides users with the necessary tools to create and provision a set of guest instances for different virtualization software projects.

You must be root (system administrator) to run the command required to built an ISO image. Available commands include aloofix-build, toolchain, base-packages, add-on-packages, aloofix-iso, aloofix-ec2, web-repos, web-iso, web-ipkgs, web-tarball and root-clean.

Tested with major virtualization software

The Linux kernel-based operating systems generated with the Aloofix project have been successfully tested with major virtualization software, including Oracle VirtualBox, VMWare Player and QEMU.

It is no longer under active development

Be aware that, since April 2009, the Aloofix project is no longer under active development, which means that it can no longer be used to create a minimal Linux distribution optimized for virtual machines. Because of this, it has been archived for historical references purposes only.

Reviewed by , last updated on September 3rd, 2014

developed by:
Kevin Johnson
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
ROOT \ Linux Distributions
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What's New in This Release:
  • Incorporated a considerable number of enhancements, bug fixes, and cleanup. See the SVN revision log for details.
  • Updated the following packages: linux,,,,,, glibc 2.9, busybox 1.13.3, e2fsprogs 1.41.4, syslinux 3.73, dropbear 0.52, binutils 2.19.1, gcc 4.3.3, bash 4.0, bison 2.4, gnum4 1.4.11, openssl 0.9.8i, iana-etc 2.30, jre 1.5.0u17, nasm 2.05, ncurses 5.7
  • Added the following packages: Acpid 1.0.8, BerkeleyDB 4.7.25, Bridge-utils 1.4, Cdrtools 2.01, Curl 7.19.2, CVS 1.11.23, Diffutils 2.8, DMIdecode 2.10, EC2-API-Tools 1.3, Ejabberd 2.0.5, Expat 2.0.1, Fakeroot 1.12.1, FastCGI 2.4.0, File 5.00, Findutils 4.4.0, Flex 2.5.35, GCC 3.4.6, GDBM 1.8.3, GMP 4.2.4, Gtar 1.20, Gzip 1.3.3, ICU4C 4.0, Iptables, Kqemu 1.4.0pre1, Libiconv 1.12, Lighttpd 1.4.22, Mercurial 1.1.2, MPFR 2.4.1, MySQL 5.1.33, OpenSSL 0.9.8k, OTP-Erlang R12B-4, PCRE 7.8, Perl 5.10.0, Pkg-config 0.23, Popt 1.14, Python 2.6, Qemu 0.10.1, Rsync 3.0.5, Ruby 1.8.7-p72, Rubygems 1.3.0, Shorewall 4.2.6, Sqlite 3.6.12, Strace 4.5.18, Subversion 1.6.0, TZData 2009d, Unifdef 1.0, UUID 1.6.2, Zlib-dev 1.2.3, a small subset of X11R7.4, and the Aloofix source package.
  • Added support for running Aloofix on OS X, using VMWare Fusion, Sun Virtualbox, Qemu (via Q), and User-Mode Linux.
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Aloofix is not a Linux distribution, it is a software project that can be used to create a Linux kernel-based operatin...

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