This looks like a great place to mingle and discuss some tek.
I am currently working on building a Linux distro using Virtualbox and a Linux live-cd for GNU tools.
This is a nice method for development where the host platform provides additional support for the work.
I grew up on a variety of flavors Unix/Linux, from Redhat, Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, Mandrake, FreeBSD,
and remember how they worked and were designed, and how some things improved, but some things
seemed to get a little strange in the Linux world.
FreeBSD has always been really nice, no radical departures from traditions.
What I want in a Linux distro is to have true bin and sbin paths (no symlinks),
and a FHS filesystem tree with greater control of init and package selection for installs,
and choices for declining specific packages that may not be wanted or needed.
I want to see an expansion of choices. I remember a time when I could choose individual
packages for an install and had exactly what I wanted on first boot. It was really nice.
It would also be nice to have a Linux systems builder LiveCD with all the libraries and tools
needed to provide a platform from which to build a custom Linux system.
A full compliment of programming languages and libraries for a complete gcc build is the idea.
I have not seen exactly what I wanted that would fill these needs so I have decided to
work on creating my own Linux distro/system builder.
There is a lot to learn and much to design in the process - which brings me here.
Hope to have many good conversations with at least a few of you on these topics.