stali is a brand new static linux distribution based on the original pre-2010 plans of the suckless.org project, but with a couple of revised goals:
- Follow the suckless philosophy
- Target x86_64 and arm (RPi) support
- Use custom stali.mk Makefile’s for the base system (except Linux kernel so far)
- Ignore FHS of Linux, it simply sucks. Use a decent filesystem structure instead
- Don’t use systemd (read more about why it sucks)
- Make everything musl libc based
- Achieve binary size reduction (through the avoidance of glibc and other bloated GNU libraries)
- Achieve better performance than any other x86_64 or arm distribution, as only statically linked binaries are used
- Achieve better memory footprint than heavyweight distros using dynamic linking and all its problems
- Achieve better ABI stability and long-term maintenability of the static binaries (compared to their dynamic counterparts)
- Minimize security threat vector - potential flaws only on a per static binary basis (say good bye to the famous LD_PRELOAD and .so dependency resolver problems)
- Include a hand selected collection of the best tools for each task (including sbase, ubase, …)
- Upgrade/install using git, no package manager needed
Check out all repositories at git.sta.li.
- 20160825 stali for RPi stapi.img.gz available for download.
- 20160402 second stali.iso available for download.
Join the suckless community to discuss further development of stali.
Some related links
- 20160407 InfoWorld article on “Stali distribution smashes assumptions about Linux”
- musl libc
- morpheus - a statically linked musl based distro
- oasis - a statically linked musl/suckless/OpenBSD/plan9port based distro
- bare - a bare linux distro
- Bifrost/Linux - a minimalist Linux distro for USB media
- ldd arbitrary code execution - Nice exploit
- static linking - My old blog entry
- blog post about stali
- On the Effectiveness of Address-Space Randomization