June 06, 2011
One of the most important parts in a distribution is its configurability and its ease of configuration.
In this subject Arch Linux is, in my opinion, one of the best. The way they
unified all core configurations into the single
rc.conf file is really elegant and simple, really
son of the KISS way.
Distrø aims to take the good parts out of everything, and in this way create something good.
Being as usual tied to Ruby, the configuration couldn’t be anything but YAML, this is what I came out
with, HIGHLY inspired by Arch’s
# /etc/rc.conf - Main Configuration for Distrø Linux --- general: # available languages can be listed with the `locale -a` command locale: en_US.UTF-8 # set to "UTC" or "local", any other value will result in the hwclock untouched hwclock: local # timezones are found in /usr/share/zoneinfo timezone: Europe/Rome # keymaps are found in /usr/share/keymaps keymap: it networking: # hostname of machine, should also be put in /etc/hosts hostname: distro # list of networks networks: # example for an automatic (dhcp) wired network # automatic: # interface: eth0 # ip: dhcp # example of a wireless network with static ip and routing # wireless: # interface: wlan0 # ip: 192.168.0.2 # gateway: 192.168.0.1 # essid: wireless # # protection: # type: WPA2 # passphrase: 1234 system: devices: raid: false # enables RAID btrfs: false # enables btrfs lvm: false # enables LVM2 # prefix with a - to disable it # prefix with a @ to start it up in the background daemons: [syslog-ng, crond]
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