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 Because of this, it has been archived for historical references purposes only.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 Marius Nestor, last updated on September 3rd, 2014
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- Incorporated a considerable number of enhancements, bug fixes, and cleanup. See the SVN revision log for details.
- Updated the following packages: linux 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 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 126.96.36.199, 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 X.org 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.
Application descriptionAloofix is not a Linux distribution, it is a software project that can be used to create a Linux kernel-based operatin...