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Seeking assistance/tips on building Debian!


In two weeks from today, I start my new job. First task is to build remote
monitoring servers and design workstations. I've already decided I'm going
to do this with Debian Linux. Unsurprisingly, my new employer already
supports unix in general, and Linux like you wouldn't believe.
Unfortunately, they're currently using RedHat. 

This is a secure environment. Can't have RedHat. Matter of personal
preference. ;)  Anyways, I *have* to do a trusted build of Debian. 

For those of you not familiar with the term, a trusted build is an
in-house build done by one person who is extremely familiar with the
product being compiled, on a single machine, using a single set of sources
that are carefully checked for possible security holes. It's a very long,
tedious, and painful process. But necessary for security reasons. 

Personally, it's not that I don't trust people. It's just policy. ;P Plus,
I have to do some serious modifications in boot and install stuff to
automate the process as much as possible. (I expect to be adding
workstations at the rate of >10/week, Linux servers at the rate of

Anyways, has anyone done something like this? If so, what's the best way
to build Debian? So far, I'm guessing it's best to do it on some flavor of
Linux (I'm planning on Slackware. Easy source directory.;). Is there any
specific order I have to build everything in? About how long would it
likely take to build using multi-threaded GCC on a dual pII-400 w/128M? 

Thanks very much for your help! :)

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