Woof-CE Next Generation

Woof-CE is the Community Edition (CE) of Woof build system. Woof build system (currently at version 2, so often called as Woof2) is the meta-distribution of Puppy Linux. It enables one to build a fully customised Puppy Linux distribution from many parent distros.

I have been working on the next generation of Woof build system. It initially started as a tool running on top of Woof2 infrastructure (original blog post here and here; the original branch holding the code is called "deb-build" on my github Woof-CE fork) - and now I have modified them to *replace* the Woof2 infrastructure and completely run on its own.

Front-ends have been added, so deb-build is now only one of many (future) builders to build Puppy Linux from different parent distros (deb-build builds from Debian-like distros, like Debian, Ubuntu, and possibly even Mint - I haven't tried that, though).

The main premise of the new build system is that puppy adapts to the parent distro, rather than the other way around. Doing this means the original parent distro is kept as close to its original design (including the use of its original package management system) and thus making more of the parent distro packages usable in Puppy derived from it - because as far as I can see, that is the reason for having Puppy as a derivative anyway (if you're not interested in using parent distro packages, then may as well build Puppy from scratch where you control everything and can optimise everything).

The links section of this blog points you to the most recent and experimental version of this build system ("woof-next-james" branch on my github fork of Woof-CE - this branch supersedes the original "deb-build" branch posted in my earlier blog posts). As they mature they will be posted to the official Woof-CE repository under the same name; and finally the most stable code would be merged to "woof-next" branch of Woof-CE (note that "woof-next" is an integration branch and contains changes and contributions from others too)

"woof-next" currently builds an ISO capable of booting to Xorg. There are some little modifications I have not yet ported from deb-build, but they will be soon.

In the experimental branch, you will find builder for building Slackware-based puppy too. The builder works but the resulting ISO will not boot because of it is missing puppy-specific packages that are not available from standard Slackware repository (e.g. busybox, mingetty, etc).

Note that this woof-next is still in its early phase. It lacks both the diversity (not many distros supported as parents yet) and versatility (it will only build x86 puppies, x86_64 being experimental and arm is completely unsupported yet) compared to the Woof2 build system. In time, I hope to address all of these.

Posted on 15 Jun 2014, 18:25 - Categories: PuppyLinux Linux
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Puppy Linux build script - released

And here is the script: here.
The announcement is here: here.

The script is now close to 400 lines, but it has added the ability to use multiple repositories, and it now register packages properly enough for apt to work with it. Xorg is now working, one can boot to desktop with jwm and rox-filer. Not bad for such a small script, I reckon

Posted on 3 Jun 2014, 17:05 - Categories: PuppyLinux Linux
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Puppy Linux build script

Last evening, I took a stab at building Puppy Linux using Ubuntu base. I could have used Woof-CE's scripts directly, but it didn't work smoothly for me. I had a choice of debugging it - but I thought, it was more fun to write my own build script, I mean, how difficult could it be?

Well, it turned out, not too bad. In a couple of hours that evening, I managed to write a script, less than 300 lines, which pulls out Ubuntu packages off its repository, does dependency checking, install the packages with proper dpkg records and build myself a nice Puppy - command line only. I took Puppy base (rootfs-skeleton and initrd-tree0) from Woof-CE, the rest was done by my script. I announced that to the forum and it was generally well-received.

I will probably polish it a little bit (perhaps to the point that I can get Xorg running) before releasing the code (in my github fork of Woof-CE). Watch this space.

Posted on 2 Jun 2014, 4:06 - Categories: PuppyLinux Linux
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Puppy Linux lives!

In case you haven't heard it, Puppy Linux Slacko 5.7 has been released !

This release is special in so many ways.

Firstly, it represents the FIRST ever official Puppy release from Woof-CE, the community-maintained version of Woof (the Puppy-builder, the meta-distribution of Puppy Linux).

Secondly, it represents the FIRST ever official Puppy Linux release after Barry Kauler (the original author of Puppy Linux) stepped down back in September last year.

More than everything else, this release is a statement of reassurance to the world that Puppy Linux will continue to live and grow strong under the new stewardship and community contributions.

It will continue to move with the times and adapts to new future. Already, a 64-bit thoroughbred Puppy Linux is in the works (Slacko64). The mailing list is rife with contributed ideas on how to bring Puppy to boot on UEFI machines.

Congrats and greets to the team: 01micko (Puppy Slacko), mavrothal (Woof-CE gatekeeper) and many other contributors (zigbert et al).

Posted on 10 Mar 2014, 18:22 - Categories: PuppyLinux Linux
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Barry Kauler is back

Barry Kauler, the original author of PuppyLinux (here and here) - from which Fatdog64 originally came from, is back.

This patriarch of the Puppy community has been missing for over two months after he announced his retirement from Puppy Linux back in late September. News from him became few and far between; and there have been understandable confusions and worries among his followers in the Murga Linux forum.

But now he's back, and he's still doing Linux, among other things. It's no longer Puppy Linux admittedly, but is a quirky variant called - obviously enough - Quirky Linux (or Quirky Puppy, etc). Old habits (or hobby) dies hard :)

Whatever it is, it is a heart warming that he's still with us and is still doing Linux development of one sort or another. Let's hope that his stay is a long one.

Posted on 7 Dec 2013, 5:16 - Categories: PuppyLinux
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How to run Slacko Puppy side-by-side with Fatdog64

Somebody asked me recently whether it is possible to run Slacko Puppy side-by-side (or along side) Fatdog - that is, without the need for dual-booting etc.

It is possible.

In my original response I provided the outline steps of how to do so, but now I thought others may be interested too - so I decided to write an article about it. The article is here.


Posted on 23 Jul 2013, 5:45 - Categories: Fatdog64 Linux PuppyLinux
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