goal of Project Theseus is to develop the Epik Linux Distribution and
oriented installer and bootable image creator called Epik-Builder. Epik
systems are intended for
scale deployment in government, commercial and educational applications
where zero cost "seats", ease of use, automated central management and
dramatically reduced maintenance are required.
Epik-Builder is a tool and
packaging system that can create a customized install
from any distribution's release packages and use it to generate a
bootable image for any desired media. Currently supported boot image
types include CDR, cloop compressed CDR, Hard Disk and User Mode Linux.
October 30, 2003
All dynamic project pages have been transitioned to
EpikWebsite. Additional content is being added and a release of this package is currently being
October 1, 2003
Epik-Builder can now generate a complete system
from packages and directly boot it into a network aware User Mode Linux
Posted by Tom Lisjac - June 18, 2003
Epik-Builder's architecture and an initial command
line prototype have been completed. Pre-release documentation can be
I'm currently setting up CVS for the initial release of the CLI version
and the first set of EPS templates.
A Graphical User Interface is being developed using Lazarus and should be
ready for beta release within two weeks.
October 1, 2003 EpikWiki Package
While working on the Lazarus-CCR, I decided to use an
elegantly written package called TipiWiki by Andreas
Zwinkau as a documentation system for the project. I didn't expect
to make a separate project out of the wiki engine... but it ended up
being a very quick, convenient and compelling way to post and maintain
professional looking documentation!
I made so many additions and changes that I decided to created a
derived work called EpikWiki. The
project is currently in use at the Lazarus-CCR and will shortly be
integrated into Project Theseus. Thanks to Andreas for the inspiring
and very readable piece of code that has definitely made me in to a fan
June 18, 2003 Epik-Browser project created
While working on a Lazarus GUI for Epik-Builder, I
created a small application for browsing both installed and uninstalled
RPM's. The app opens the selected package and displays descriptions,
scripts, files and provides/requires information in multiple tabbed
memo boxes. I ended up using this thing quite a bit and thought that
other people might like it too. It beats endlessly having to type rpm
-ql, rpm -qi... etc just to see what's in a package and where it's
going to deposit it's files. I'm planning to post the code after I've
cleaned it up a litte.
June 17, 2003 Lazarus and Free Pascal Compiler page posted
Both Epik-Builder and Epik-Browser are being
developed with the Free Pascal Compiler and Lazarus IDE. Any new or
migrated components that are created during the development of these
two project will be posted to this page.
June 1, 2003 Pre-release documentation is now available
Some pre-release architectural and program
documentation has been posted for Epik-Builder. This
is just a start... I'm working on diagrams and a few additional web
pages. (Epik-Builder is a tool for
building customized CD, Hard Disk or UML bootable
system images directly from a distribution's generic packages.)