Wow how long has it been.. A New direction

Here we go again.. So back in 2015 I spent a lot of time on a MUSL-libc port of Unity-Linux. This ended up being a lot of work. I basicaly started from scratch and got to the point of enlightenment working and then gave up. Not really gave up just ran out of a precious resource called time and then when I did get time to go back to it I had burned myself out. Figuring out how to package multiple python versions is hard enough for the big guys like Fedora, that and everything else was just daunting.

So here we are in 2017.. I wanted to get back involved in a Linux community. So I spent some time spying on Korora. Korora is awesome don't get me wrong, but I wondered how our Mandrake family was doing. I started out on Mandrake early on and went through all the ups and downs, then went to help out at PCLinuxOS, then to Unity and on and on I went into Fedora land. When Mageia forked from Mandriva I was a huge supporter and wanted to help out where I could but because of Unity and life in general I focused on other endeavors. Now that I had the time and not another project to really work on, I took a good look at Mageia and found them in an intersting place.

Their in this kinda weird mix of Fedora and Mandrake time. Recently they have had dnf ported and a lot of the Fedora pacaking tools, but then they are also still running drakxtools and their control center, which always went over well with new users. Going a bit back to my roots I felt at home, yet using dnf and other tools I felt excited. So I decided to would port mklivecd (where Unity-Linux left it in 2012) to magiea and offer a tool that I used and loved at PCLinuxOS (now mylivecd there) and I know others will as well.

In forking the tool though I started to embrace a lot of the free development and operation tools that are now available. GitHub (always used it) Travis-CI (newer and fun) and I found out copr had Mageia build containers so now I'm using copr as well for my repos. I actually have mklivecd testing itself by building ISOs. There's still some work to do, but my idea, though still kinda vague, is to use Mageia and bridge the things I loved about all the projects I have worked on in the past 10 years or so. We'll see how far I get, but I have to say automation has sure made my life a lot easier. So there's your long awaited update.. if you're still watching.

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Published on  July 29th, 2017