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I’ve officially started the ground work on version 2.1 of the Tritech Service System.  Major changes and bug fixes that are already in the works:

  • Changing startup scripts and Busybox “init” to Busybox “runit” style: The biggest benefit of this change is that system services will be able to start in parallel, which will lower startup time drastically.
  • Partially modular kernel: Some drivers in the kernel work better as modules, and some don’t work at all unless they’re modules because of missing firmware files (specifically many wireless cards). While most of the kernel will remain monolithic, select drivers will be modularized to increase usability of the system.
  • Wireless support that actually functions: Previous versions didn’t support wireless adapters in any way that could be considered usable for most configurations. TSS 2.1 is going to include working wireless support in the kernel and supporting software.  Actual “easy” wireless configuration tools are not planned until a 3.0 release.
  • Basic support for packages: In our private TSS 2.0.7, we’ve included early support for loading packages from local media and our internal network server. What we use currently is not good enough for public release, but it does lay the foundation for that type of support.  TSS 2.1 will have a working implementation of boot-time package loading support, which allows extending the system without completely rebuilding initrd packages.
  • Native KMS driver/X.org support: Fixes the long-standing issues with most nVidia and some Intel graphics controllers failing to work with TSS out-of-the-box. X.org auto-configuration is also being implemented.  At least one test system with two video cards automatically set itself up with dual displays after adding Intel KMS and Nouveau KMS to the kernel!
  • udev automatic mount point handling: No more /mnt folder with tons of mount points for nonexistent devices! Mount points will be created more like mainstream Linux distributions, with volume label mount points in /media and device name mount points  in /mnt, all automatically handled by udev.
  • Software updates across the board: New versions of important tools such as the NTFS-3G driver from Tuxera, the latest Xine media player, and more are included with Tritech Service System 2.1. Additionally, old unnecessary packages and general junk files have been removed.
  • Improved boot times: Parallel service startup, a smaller initrd file to boot, and use of faster compression technologies all contribute to a much quicker startup time than previous versions.

Visit http://c02ware.com/tss.php periodically so you don’t miss the release!

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