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marko
8th September 2007, 04:37 PM
I have a Sun V40Z quad cpu server at work, I want to use it for software testing for
multithreaded programs but my manager doesn't want me to remove the
Sun Solaris 9 x86 that's already installed. The compiler and threading
middleware I want to use would better work on Linux (I've yet to get a g++ version
4.x to install well and have code actually link on Solaris, linux is so much
easier to install gcc on).

So my idea was to find a linux live distribution that supports loading
fully to a ram disk and if possible also supports multi-session
so I can install my middleware and test code, then save the
unionfs file changes back to the CDR disk. This way I can test
code on the quad server just fine and still not need to change the
hard disk. When I'm done I can reboot the server and it's
just like nothing happened to it. By loading the cd-r files to
ramdisk, I also avoid the negative affects of the slowness
of the CD-R so the tests on performance should be ok.
This V40Z has 4G of RAM so running out of memory is not a problem.

The middleware is
intel threading building blocks which seems to be best supported
on Linux, Mac and Win32 :

http://www.threadingbuildingblocks.org

A distribution that already does multi-session saving of
the union filesystem is Puppy linux but it doesn't
quite have the good software tool support that Fedora has.

What I want is to find out if Fedora 7 Live CD would let me install
rpm / yum packages and then save those changes to the CD-R
like Puppy does. This way I don't have to reinstall and build
everything from square one each time.

Mark

RahulSundaram
8th September 2007, 11:04 PM
What I want is to find out if Fedora 7 Live CD would let me install
rpm / yum packages and then save those changes to the CD-R
like Puppy does. This way I don't have to reinstall and build
everything from square one each time.

Mark

It doesn't yet. It's in the wishlist of desired functionality. Join fedora-livecd-list and contribute if you can.