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Linux Distribution: ROCK
Url: http://www.rocklinux.org/

ROCK is a Distribution Build Kit. You can configure your personal build of ROCK and easily build your own distribution (see the screenshots).

About ROCK
It is software for managing operating environments. In a way it is a software development toolkit for building OS solutions.

The available config options include, but are not limited to:

Package Selection

You can select the packages you want to have in your Distribution. So packages you don't want or need are not build at all. A list of available packages can be found here.

Compiler and Optimization

You can select a compiler (by default gcc3) and optimization options for building your distribution. That enables you to highly optimize for your hardware. You can also build your entire distribution with the GCC Stack-Smashing Protector enabled for enhanced security.


You can use dietlibc instead of the GNU LibC as your C library. That can be very useful e.g. for embedded systems.

And much more ...

Other options are: selection of an init-style, custom GNU configure options, cross-building, and much more. A major focus in the ROCK development always has been to make adding new features and config options as easy as possible

2007-07-09 00:00:00.0 Rocks Cluster Distribution 4.3 has been released    View
Rocks v4.3 is released for i386 and x86_64 CPU architectures. New features: Rocks command line - initial release of the Rocks command line which facilitates non-SQL administrative access to the database; PXE First - hosts can now be configured in BIOS with a boot order of CD, PXE, hard disk. Enhancements: based on CentOS 4.5 and all updates as of July 4, 2007; Anaconda installer updated to; performance improvement when building torrent files for the Avalanche Installer; database indirects, more flexibility with Rocks variables; Globus updated to gt4.0.4 with web services....
2006-09-27 00:00:00.0 Rocks Cluster Distribution 4.2.1 has been released now    View
Rocks v4.2.1 is released for i386 and x86_64 CPU architectures. This is a maintenance release to Rocks v4.2 which contains bug fixes and usability enhancements. During Roll selection, the disk ID for CD/DVD-based rolls is displayed under the 'Selected Rolls'; during a front-end install, the IP settings that are provided on the first text-based screen are used as defaults for the graphical screens; minimum memory requirement for compute nodes has been reduced to 512 MB; Bio Roll: Glimmer source and GROMACS v3.3.1 is added and compiled with MPICH support.
2006-08-01 00:00:00.0 ROCK Linux 3 has been released now    View
It took a bit over 20 months, but finally, ROCK 3 is done. Over the last 20 months, ROCK Linux has seen many changes not only in the code, but also in its aim and social relations... Creating a distribution is a complex task. ROCK makes this task a lot easier. Many changes since the last release have gone into enhancing the example distribution - Crystal ROCK - to be a good reference for what is possible.
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