Erwolf: An Erlang based Linux distribution

Chappell, Simon P <>
Tue May 7 23:56:32 CEST 2002

This sounds very interesting, please keep us/me in the loop. We are just getting official recognition for Linux here. We have transitioned from "unofficial unapproved" to "unofficial recognised"! Progress is a wonderful thing. :-)

I am interested in adding Erlang to my mix of programming languages because it looks like it better solves some of the problems that I currently use Java to address. I have been lurking on the list for a while, as I clear space on my schedule to do a little self-directed learning.


Simon P. Chappell                     
Java Programming Specialist            
Lands' End, Inc.                                   (608) 935-4526

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Mickael Remond [mailto:]
>Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2002 3:31 PM
>Subject: Erwolf: An Erlang based Linux distribution
>I am currently building a new linux distribution based on 
>Erlang, called
>Erwolf. The name is a contraction of Erlang and Wolf, because the
>ultimate goal of this distribution is to ease the construction 
>of Erlang
>cluster, based on standard computer available on a network 
>(like a horde
>of wolves). The cluster can be setup up without the need to install
>anything on the host computer.
>Erwolf Linux distribution characteristics are the following:
> 1. CDROM based:
>This distribution is provided as a bootable CDROM that contains
>everything you need to work with Erlang tools.
>The choice of the bootable support CDROM make it handy to have a
>complete Erlang system with you everywhere you go, without the need to
>install anything on the computer.
> 2. Erlang based:
>What I have in mind here is to provide a fullly configured Erlang
>development environment that include many third parties's 
>Distel (Emacs levering Erlang), xmerl, and so on.
>The second step is to provide as many services as possible as Erlang
>service: Web: Inets, Yaws,
>         Mail: epop
>         Web application: BTT, Wiki, Webtool, ...
>         LDAP
>         ...
>The third step is to add scripts to make the distribution cluster
>I am planning to make it easy to quickly built a cluster of 
>Erlang nodes
>on a given set of networked computers. 
>For the moment I am only in the first step: I have a minimal 
>Erlang system with few extra modules (xmerl, distel, top, documentation
>and man pages)
>If you want to have a look at it, you can get the ISO image at:
>This distribution is console only. I am planning to use HTTP 
>modules and
>Emacs/Distel as the two possible user interfaces, depending on 
>the task.
>to accomplish. 
>Be careful. This is the very first public release. This means that it
>works on my computer but might not work at all on yours. Just a quick
>tip: The boot menu provide several choices: Select the position of your
>CDROM drive in your IDE chain. Most of the time, secondary 
>master is the
>right choice on desktop computers and primary slave on laptop. (I
>realize that I should make the boot on secondary master the option and
>that I should provide a boot disk for non bootable cdrom drives, but
>anyway, this first release will let you get an idea of what I have in
>You might need to wait one day or two to be able to download the iso
>image, because I changed the Erlang-fr hosting service to have more
>storage space (and thus be able to share a CDROM image). The DNS
>propagation might not be up to date everywhere.
>This distribution is built on top of the Linux From Scratch
>Your comments and suggestions are welcome. In particular, what Erlang
>addition would you need first and what services do you think 
>it would be
>usefull to develop.
>I think that among the nearest planned feature, I will add escript,
>ermacs and a preconfigured Webtool interface.
>Mickael Remond

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