Got the new Humble Bundle today... Get your Yocto going.
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In a previous post I mentioned the Humble Bundle and how Linux users seemed to be quite willing to contribute cash for games. The latest bundle is out and I just started my downloads. I think this is a great model and I enjoy participating. Of course, these games are available for multiple platforms and the directly reward the creators and charities. As of this writing, Linux contributors are still willing to pay more than those who designated themselves as Mac or Windows users, significantly more. Perhaps Linux users have a greater appreciation for the work and a greater desire to reward it. Perhaps they just have more money because they are technical and already leverage things for free. :-)
Seriously, though. It's a great cause and worth checking out.
Build your own distribution
One of the confusing elements of Linux for some people is the concept of the "distribution". Often people see Red Hat and Ubuntu and other variants of Linux as completely different universes, like choosing Mac or Windows. However, it is much more like choosing Ford over Chevrolet or Brand X of canned peas over Brand Y. There are differences, which can be frustrating in particular circumstances, but it all largely works the same. I'm especiallin intrigued by the sort of "black box" kinds of distributions like ArtistX, which is aimed at people doing video production, and the specialty distributions like Scientific Linux, which brings together packages for people working with genetics and other scientific problems. The goal of these is to provide a sort of "solution Linux" which will just boot and do what you want.
Imagine being able to create your own internal distributions of Linux that were role-based. They all have the common base, but contain the default packages appropriate for the required role. You install them and they just work. Yocto is one of the ways to do this. Check out the article "Build custom embedded Linux distributions with the Yocto Project", live now on developerWorks. It will lead you through the concept and empower you to make your own. If you want to pop it up on DistroWatch and share it with the world you can. You can also put it in your tool belt for your own use.
I owe you some more thoughts on blogging and some information about last week's System Z experience. Be patient as I catch up with a few things and I promise you'll hear more.