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July 29, 2010, 07:37:00 AM
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I started a little project, a minimalistic install of slackware for people that use bitcoin and I need your feedback to know what software would you like in it.
So far we have Tor, Privoxy and it's GUI, Vidalia and as a WM, XFCE.
I'd like to know if Tor should be enabled system-wide by default too.

PS. The project will be free.

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July 29, 2010, 10:12:26 AM
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I think you should first define your priorities. Why would anybody want to use your OS? Surely not just because it has a few programs installed by default?
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I think you should first define your priorities. Why would anybody want to use your OS? Surely not just because it has a few programs installed by default?

Something lightweight like this would be nice on a low powered device I call a "transaction computer".You could transfer your coin to your ultra secure "transaction computer" and know there is an extremely small chance any trading is trackable or logged.Maybe such a device would only connect to the network to send and receive your coins and then close up tighter than a fish's bum otherwise lol.
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July 29, 2010, 10:33:45 PM
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Do you have a project page?

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July 29, 2010, 10:40:45 PM
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Something lightweight like this would be nice on a low powered device I call a "transaction computer".You could transfer your coin to your ultra secure "transaction computer" and know there is an extremely small chance any trading is trackable or logged.Maybe such a device would only connect to the network to send and receive your coins and then close up tighter than a fish's bum otherwise lol.

The transaction database isn't really lightweight in terms of disk space, especially if bitcoins become popular.

So, if a transaction computer needs disk space, why not install a normal distro with better support?

Any micro-distribution is going to be under-audited, and suffer a lag time on security patches to the base OS -- not exactly the ideal target for a "locked up tight" transaction computer.

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July 30, 2010, 06:53:12 AM
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Something lightweight like this would be nice on a low powered device I call a "transaction computer".You could transfer your coin to your ultra secure "transaction computer" and know there is an extremely small chance any trading is trackable or logged.Maybe such a device would only connect to the network to send and receive your coins and then close up tighter than a fish's bum otherwise lol.

The transaction database isn't really lightweight in terms of disk space, especially if bitcoins become popular.

So, if a transaction computer needs disk space, why not install a normal distro with better support?

Any micro-distribution is going to be under-audited, and suffer a lag time on security patches to the base OS -- not exactly the ideal target for a "locked up tight" transaction computer.

Is a client device possible with your server/desktop sitting at home which you could vpn into?
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July 30, 2010, 06:58:56 AM
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Is a client device possible with your server/desktop sitting at home which you could vpn into?

Sure.  That's reinventing the client terminal, a dumb hardware device that communicates with a backend payment system.

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July 31, 2010, 09:01:03 PM
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Another thing to consider is patent issues inherent in the bitcoin implementation.

bitcoin requires EC-DSA, which has been disabled in Fedora after legal review:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=319901
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECC_patents

I wanted to package bitcoind for Fedora, but gave up, because we cannot distribute binaries due to these patent issues.

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Project discontinued due to lack of positive feedback.

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