[sf-lug] Bedrock Linux review in Distrowatch Weekly Newsletter, etc.

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Jul 13 18:37:43 PDT 2021

Quoting Bobbie Sellers (bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com):

> Hi LUGers,
>     Well you can read this review of Bedrock Linux at the following URL:
> <https://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20210705>
>     Bedrock ain't ready for prime time yet but it is an interesting attempt
> to deal with Linux distribution fragmentation.   It takes an installed
> Linux and converts it to it own special format adding a division called
> strata.  Then you can add strata until you have every tool you can
> find of interest from every distribution which you install to subsequent
> strata. 

This review is a failure in the sense of saying nothing at all about
what a statum is and how it works -- except to say it's not a hypervisor
and not Docker.  

The author might as well have said "Bedrock Linux allows mixing and
matching parts of multiple distributions, each within an invention
called a stratum, which functions through pixie dust and forest magic."
That at least would have saved the reader from needing to plow through
the entire article trying, in vain, to find an answer to _the main
question_ that any reader would have.

Unlike the haplessly incompetent review, the distro's FAQ addresses the
obvious question.  https://bedrocklinux.org/faq.html#how-work
Basically, each "stratum" is a chroot -- using the FUSE crossfs and etcfs
filesystems to selectively share resources among chroots.

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