stali: What’s the next step, I wonder?

I have been a fan of the Suckless team for quite some time, not in the least because of fantastic software like dmenu or dwm, but just because their philosophy seems to mesh — sorta-kinda, more or less, in a roundabout way — with mine. Granted, they are far more talented and have a better grasp on why things work, but if I extrapolate the ideas they describe into a larger, user-oriented sense, I agree in principle.

So I have been watching (if one can “watch” a Web page) the home page to see how stali works out; the idea of starting from an exceptionally svelte chrooted environment and building up is something I would enjoy trying. And the idea of statically linked software is strangely interesting.

As it is now though, I can download the compressed file system, chroot into it, but to be honest, where I go after that is a little of a mystery. If I have a host system running and I have a network connection, it seems like the next step would be to build a kernel or install bash, or perhaps something like that.

This is what I am used to when installing Crux, where a network connection carries over into the chrooted environment, and from there you build a kernel or software or update the system or etc., etc. But with stali, my network doesn’t seem to respond, I am not sure if I should be building into the same “i686” file image, or if that should be somehow scribbled onto the drive in a different way. Call me timid — or perhaps just myopic — but the next step isn’t quite clear.

I’ll have to see if I can find someone else’s experience with stali, and try to duplicate it. Either way, this is one of those little projects that tends to be very interesting at first, then challenging, then addictive, and then I’m a sworn patriot waving a new flag. I am so predictable that way. ๐Ÿ™„


6 thoughts on “stali: What’s the next step, I wonder?

  1. rabidbadger

    Thank you _so_ much for the link to stali. Having a similar disgust for bloat (and especially all of the GNUseless code in almost every modern distro), I recently started looking at building something similarly statically linked using the heirloom Unix tools ( and diet libc ( Looks as though the suckless guys are way ahead — I’ll have a good play with what they’re up to.

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      You’re welcome. If you get to a point where you can explain how to install it, leave me a note so I can join in the fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. qwertyboy

    Been meaning to try stali for a while, and got here asking myself pretty much the same question.

    Anyway, my guess is that the kernel is precompiled and all you have to do is reconfigure grub or lilo (it’s probably lilo, the mark of true fanaticism). I wonder how is the hardware support. I mean, other than minimal ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Will update here if I get it to work, please do the same.

  3. als

    Indeed. Some more documentation would be nice! But of course, the project’s in a very early development stage, so I guess that’s too much to ask.

  4. name

    my network doesnโ€™t seem to respond

    You can $touch /etc/resolv.con and then $echo “nameserver IPOFYOURDNS” > /etc/resolv.conf….
    And you surf the net

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