The plan for Bedrock Linux development in the coming months revolves around functionality which can be added without significant under-the-hood changes to Bedrock Linux. Various ideas currently being worked on:
The fourth Bedrock Linux release, 1.0alpha4 Flopsie has been released. See the high-level changelog here and the installation instructions here
The audio from the Bedrock Linux presentation at the 2012 Ohio Linuxfest was recorded. This has been played over the slides and is available to be viewed as a video here. The audio recording can be found here and the slides can be found here.
Flopsie plans discussed here are showing promising results. One of the features, the union filesystem intended to fix the /etc-issue, has been backported to Bosco for those who are interested in trying it out before Flopsie is ready. See here for instructions on how to install the backport.
At this point in time it does not look like Bedrock Linux 1.0alph4 "Flopsie" will be completed by the previous target date of "end of summer 2013". The new target date is January 1st, 2014.
The delay is entirely due entirely to time availability expectations not being met, and is not the result of any unforeseen technical issues; the plans for Flopsie still seem viable at this point in time. The additional time allows for additional goals for the next release. In total, expect the following:
brsto let it setup/teardown clients on-the-fly
bri -Wact the same (current difference is confusing)
bri -w/Wif provided an argument)
See the Flopsie Plans page for more details.
As was mentioned in the last news item, Bedrock Linux was on two podcasts recently; however, only one was available online at the time. The other podcast is now available online, and can be found here:
The founder and lead developer of Bedrock Linux was interviewed on not one, but two Linux podcasts in the last few days: Linux in the Ham Shack and The Linux Link Tech Show. If you would like to listen in, both were recorded. Linux in the Ham Shack's podcast is not up yet, but you can listen to TLLTS here:
Look for episode 506 on May 22, 2013. The discussion veers away from Bedrock Linux after about the first hour.
Another news item will likely be put up once the Linux in the Ham Shack interview, episode 107, goes up.
The April fools joke for 2013:
The primary complaint about the Bedrock OS project throughout its history is that it is insufficiently user friend. To quote Jonathan Corbert of Linux Weekly News:
[Bedrock Linux] may be especially well suited for those users who have gotten frustrated with the way distributions like Gentoo do everything for them.
Clearly, this needs to be remedied. The Bedrock Linux developers feel very strong that if you're going to do something, you should do it right, and no Linux-based operation system has ever gotten the reputation for user-friendliness that OSX has. Switching to OSX is a necessity if the Bedrock OS is ever going to become truly user friendly.
From a technical standpoint it seems quite doable. The crux of how Bedrock works under the hood - chroot() - is available on OSX as well. Apple OSX is UNIX. Moreover, work to make things like CUPS or webkit work on Bedrock will cleanly carry over.
Really, there isn't any downside. This Linux thing was never going to catch on anyways. The upsides, though, are tremendous. Consider:
Rosetta - the PowerPC-x86 binary translator for OSX - is not supported on OSX as of 10.7 "Lion". What about those poor people who bought software like Diablo 2 for OSX in the PowerPC days? With Bedrock OSX, they can just use an older OSX release that supports Rosetta and play Diablo 2 on their shiny newer OSX!
The latest version of OSX, as of the time of writing, has some applications crash when a user enters "FILE:///" into a number of text objects, such as a Finder window's search box. Prior releases of OSX did not have this. You could simply use an older Finder release until this is fixed!
With Linux, the lack of standardization makes developing Bedrock OS a pain. If some obscure distro does things in a way the Bedrock developers are not familiar, it might not work out of the box as a client. OSX, however, has a known number of releases. We just have to support those. Much easier. Bedrock development will likely speed up greatly once the switch has occurred.
However, converting the base project will take about one year. Expect Bedrock OSX to be available on April 1st, 2014.
Bosco has been updated, fixing various issues. If you are currently using a
Bosco installation from before 2012-01-16, it is recommended you update.
Download and untar the userland
to a temporary directory (such as
/tmp/bosco-update), and replace the
following files from the core system with those from the userland tarball:
gcc -Wall brc.c -o /bedrock/brc/brc -static -lcap
setcap cap_sys_chroot=ep /bedrock/bin/brc
The third Bedrock Linux release, 1.0alpha3 Bosco has been released. See the high-level changelog here
Bedrock Linux was mentioned in an article on linux.com about new Linux distributions created in 2012.
Website overhauled. Huge thanks to simonlc for assisting me with a new website design. Note that the website now supports atom, and so if you would like to follow Bedrock Linux development and news feel free to point your RSS feed reader to "http://bedrocklinux.org/atom.xml".
Bosco plans discussed here have been implemented and show a huge real-world performance boost. This functionality was backported to Momo for those who are interested in trying it out before Bosco is ready. See here for benchmarks and instructions on how to install the backport update.
Bedrock Linux's founder/lead dev is presenting Bedrock Linux today at the Ohio LinuxFest 2012. The slides for the presentation are available here.
An article on Bedrock Linux is available here; however, it is currently only available to LWN subscribers. It will be made freely available to everyone on September 20th, 2012
Plans for the upcoming release, 1.0alpha3 Bosco, are now available here. In summary, the next release should be simpler and faster.
Bedrock Linux is now at its own domain: bedrocklinux.org
Bedrock Linux is on the Linux Action Show. Relevant section goes from 11:15-16:41. "One of the most fascinating Linux distributions we've heard of in years."
The second Bedrock Linux release, 1.0alpha2 "Momo" has been released. This release primarily addresses issues brought up from the prior release as well as contributions from others.
A short video demonstration of Bedrock Linux can be found here
Bedrock Linux was very briefly mentioned on Wired magazine's website here
Bedrock Linux is on Slashdot.
The first release of Bedrock Linux, 1.0alpha1 "Appa," is now out.