This is the place to put feature requests and share ideas for Alpine. From these we'll create tickets in the issue tracking system. Discussions of ideas should probably take place on the Alpine-Devel mailing list, but feel free to use the discussion function of the wiki too.
Ideas for apk-tools.
plugin for curl
A dlopened() download plugin that is linked to curl, which is used for remote repositories. By having it as a plugin we dont need libcurl in the initramfs.
wget (current behaviour) could be used as a fallback.
Booting from net
Provide ip address and remote hostname as kernel parameter and run directly from network. The only thing needed for this would probably be a special initramfs image.
Not sure how useful it would be, but it would be cool.
Have some "templates", or presseeds or something similar so you can easily install a lot of alpine boxes.
Installer for headless installs
Installer that would create a bootable iso/usbdrive + a working config. Could be written in wxWidgets so it could be run from either Windows or Linux.
Autorun program/script on CD
Could be nice with an autorun program that will be executed when cd is inserted in a windows computer. It could have a menu with the following options:
- create boot floppy for CDROM
- create boot floppy for USB
- install Alpine on an USB drive
This is in-tie with headless installing and (at least for me) it's the big white elephant missing feature: to be able to run a server-based remote install of a system without any manual intervention. It might need an upgrade or the hardware could have been replaced after a failure. Driving there and reinstalling packages is a no-go in some places.
(Look at kickstart + cobbler + koan for RHEL as examples). If such a feature is ever add *please* make it compatible to something existing, i.e. even ubuntu is running with cobbler now).
20:46, 1 January 2012 (UTC)
A database with all the packages and their status.
Possibility to rate/vote packages? Some easy way for users to give feedback on what packages they think we should focus on.