Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Mar. 31 2008,14:53
My initial comments...
First off kudos to the development team of Siltaz.
Lots of commpression is used here gzip and lzma to achieve small size. We have often discussed using more compression but didn't because the older cpus would spend too much time decompressing things. Small distro does not mean run extremely fast on very old hardware due to overhead of uncompressing.
Using initial ramdisk, kinda like our initrd version. There using newer version supported only in 2.6 kernel. Boot up is a little slower as builds up the ramdisk with rootfs.gz, I like it. No unionfs/aufs which I have already stated that I would rather not use. So kudos for that. Even their modules are compressed. They have 224 compressed modules. DSL 4.x has 617 uncompressed modules, DSL 3.x has even more. DSL has more but duplicate applications, two window managers, several editors, two file managers. I have often promoted to drop some of these duplicates.
Caution Siltaz boots with open ports and known root password. I would not boot with open ports. Also firefox starts with a connection to their website, so they know your ip, open ports, and root password is not a combination that I like.
I like the simpilicty of their core architecture. I will investigate further.
Edited by roberts on Mar. 31 2008,14:54