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ANNOUNCE: the RULE distribution analyzer is online



Hello, 

The alpha release of the RULE Distribution ANalyzer from the RULE
project is available online at
http://www.rule-project.org/cgi-bin/dan.cgi

The DAn (which can be ported to other distros) is targeted to whoever
needs to quickly hand-pick Red Hat packages for any reason, from
server administrators to users who need an internet kiosk or MP3 juke
box with the same user-space packages present on their standard
desktop.

Its final version should give complete answers (EVEN ONLINE, OR
WITHOUT FORCING YOU TO INSTALL THAT RH VERSION) to questions like:

  How much space will version X of Red Hat need?

  How much space will it take if I remove this and that package?

  I don't really care about specific packages, programs, and desktop
  environments. I just want a box that does {any set of tasks}, and,
  for each task (eg email client), guarantees certain functionalities
  (eg POP3 support). SAID THIS, WHAT IS THE SMALLEST COMPLETE SET OF
  RPM PACKAGES WHICH GIVES THAT, AND WHERE DO I FIND THEM?

More info, and the URL to the source, are displayed by the script
itself.

	Thanks in advance for any feedback,

	       Marco Fioretti

-- 
Marco Fioretti                 m.fioretti, at the server inwind.it
Red Hat for low memory         http://www.rule-project.org/en/

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention
from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end,
an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at; as railroads
lead to Boston or New York. We are in great haste to construct a
magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be,
have nothing important to communicate. -- H. D. Thoreau, 1854





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