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  • do PCI coldplug
  • drop udevstart and use udevtrigger (+ Fedora's start_udev)
  • migrate conf.d hooks in start_udev
  • migrate (and merge?) sound and alsa services in udev rules
  • use upstream helpers for persistent rules (net + block), port useful features from our scripts in these helpers and send upstream


  • maybe switch to mkinitramfs (see with Luca Berra)
  • allow to use initrd scriptlets in a hooks directory (for live initrd generation)

Hardware detection

  • drop most of pcitable and use modalias + pci.ids for modules detection (need to modify ldetect and drakx's detect_devices)
  • drop usbtable by auto-extracting modaliases from pre-built dkms packages, and merging them in an additionnal modalias file (maybe /etc/modprobe.d/dkms-aliases.conf)

Kernel drivers

  • use dkms packages for most thirdparty drivers (mostly thinking about network drivers such as ndiswrapper, ralink and rfswitch modules, but also lirc, lufs)
  • create virtual -latest packages for pre-built dkms drivers (to allow auto-upgrade of these pre-built drivers)

Graphical splash

Power management

  • push pm-utils modifications upstream
  • better splash integration
  • hybrid suspend mode (disk + RAM)



  • use iwlwifi for Intel Wireless 3945ABG
  • consider switching to rt2x00 drivers


  • WPA-EAP support in drakx-net (login + pass, certificates)
  • finish network-center


  • use squashfs + lzma (requires a special squashfs kernel module), it allows live CDs to be about 100 MB smaller
  • use readahead + loopback ordering to speed up boot ("reloaded" spec), maybe use a kernel module to log file access order (code is already written)
  • improve modules detection ("reloaded" edition as well) not to bruteforce by loading all modules anymore: could be done using either drakx's stage1, or some a la udevstart detection ("a la main" in /sys, or ship udevd + udevtrigger in initrd)
  • allow to select packages and langs to be installed during live install
  • maybe allow to run live from Windows (through qemu)

3D desktop

  • come along potential compiz + beryl merge
  • consider input transformation applications


  • SecondLife: add OpenAL support (by coding it)
  • Wiimote: use new cwiid features (per-application configuration) and integrate it in games packages
  • create a drakjoy joystick calibration tool


  • improve Xen packaging (fix network issues, automate initrd creation, maybe merge xen0 and xenU kernels)


  • consider relying on virt-manager for guest creation functions
  • add basic features such as installing to a device or running a random install (not only Mandriva)
  • copy /lib/modules/<version> in the installed guest if needed
  • network configuration support
  • allow to run a graphical Xen VM
  • qemu support

The old profile selection menus have been moved out of the Mandriva Control Center.

Profile selection and creation is now centralized in the new draknetprofile tool.

This hardware applet (or more correctly helper) will notify hotplugged devices that require configuration, and allow the user to run the configuration tool.

It should use gnome-volume-manager and kde-volume-manager the most it can, and rely on standard HAL classes.

  • add harddrake-handled classes in HAL configuration files (/etc/hal)
  • generic case: make g-v-m and k-v-m run a wrapper tool for classes it doesn't handle (requires a patch in each of these volume-managers):
    • USB modems
    • USB/PCMCIA network/wireless cards
    • USB printers
    • USB scanners
  • prefer direct configuration of g-v-m and k-v-m when it handles a class (from above list), it's about specifying the wrapper tool path
  • display a notification icon with a notification buble from the wrapper
  • allow to remember per-device configuration choice
  • show a "Run tool?" popup with Yes/No buttons and a "Remember configuration" checkbox
  • provide a tool to manage list of automatically configured devices (merge in harddrake)

Faster boot

  • sort files in loopback, based on their access order
  • readahead

urpmi sources for DVD media

  • add urpmi sources after install if packages media are present on the live medium (to be done at end of draklive-install)

Save config on local media (Move-like)

  • save live config on local medium (USB key, disk), three possible levels:
  1. save /home and /etc, ask for local medium location at end of finish-install, and create new unionfs mounts for both /home and /etc
  2. save whole /, ask for local medium location in stage1 (not really user friendly, maybe improve with fbmenu)
  3. save whole /, ask for local medium location at end of

finish-install, and modify the main unionfs mounts (only possible if unionctl allows to modify branches for the / mount, wasn't possible in 2006.0, maybe it's better with initramfs and switch_root)

  • (3) is best if possible, (1) is easy, (2) would need more work
  • a further step would be to allow to save config on a remote server (probably not for 2007.0)


  • build bi-arch live systems (requires an isolinux program that can load a specific initrd based on the architecture)

More technical tasks

  • use stage1 to load modules, and maybe mount loopbacks, instead of using a custom initrd with a brute force hardware detection
  • clean draklive-install by integrating needed parts in the installer (wasn't done in 2006.0 because the installer code was frozen at the time the tool was written)

Interactive Firewall (2006.0 specs bits/ideas)


  • don't duplicate attackers list in mandi's memory, make ipset list the reference
  • use a libified ipset instead of calling the external program
  • handle manual editions in ipsets (make ipset send a signal to mandi)
  • use ipset lib to save/restore IP lists


  • allow to edit default timeout for blacklists

Text mode interface

  • add notifications on console (using wall?)
  • provide text-mode tool to list attacks and control mandi for cases where ipset manipulation isn't enough
  • show examples or minimal help pointers in text notifications

Services monitoring

  • watch inbound server connections and notify them using a bubble (already available in cooker)
  • don't make the bubble look like it's an attack, show it's just a notification
  • use a specific icon per service type

SSH brute force attacks

  • detect ssh brute forces attacks using a PAM plugin like pam_abl
  • make mandi aware of the attacks


  • SMB conntrack
  • NFS conntrack (rpc_conntrack)

Interactive Firewall, new feature: control ports opened in LISTEN state

The idea is to dynamically open a port in the firewall when an application listens on it, and close it when it is unneeded. This would be interactive (using net_applet) and controlled by users with enough power.

  • detect new ports in LISTEN state and their matching process (using a kernel patch that would send notifications on a netlink, received by mandi)
  • add opened/closed ports list drakids/drakfirewall, with process names
  • save opened ports in a ports ipset
  • remove ports from the ipset once they're closed (requires a kernel notification as well)
  • don't use and configure current /etc/shorewall/rules.drakx by default anymore, maybe add an advanced option "Don't use dynamic rules (use shorewall rules)"
  • require proper DBus permissions to flush configuration, console ownership isn't enough, allow it for root and the ifwadmin group only
  • allow to remember the choice


  • keep old drakfirewall layout: services list and checkboxes
  • new advanced interface (much like current drakids):
    • log window with process/port/verdict
    • opened ports window
    • closed ports window
  • popup in net_applet, with process/service labels, Open/Close/Ignore buttons, and a "Remember choice" checkbox

Security in other operating systems

Firewall redundancy

  • have a look at keepalived, ucarp, and ct_sync
  • provide a basic "Local network" control interface, allowing to specify nodes using their MAC address (detect hosts on network, and show hostname/IP address/MAC address)

Network tools


  • bluetooth support
  • 3G/Edge/GPRS support (almost integrated)
  • use icons to represent connection type


  • Ad-hoc networks support
  • non-broadcasted SSID support
  • use different icons for WEP/WPA: open/weak/strong icons would be nice, I like how it's done on the N770
  • allow users to write settings (in a ~/.wireless.d/ for example, the initscripts would then try to use it if USERCTL is "yes"), be careful about security issues (shell sourcing)

Connection status

  • improve connection test: parse pppd/dhclient output if possible
  • add a "Network interface status" window:
    • link ok
    • modem synchronized
    • interface up
    • wireless authentication
    • wireless network association
    • current address


  • move profiles from MCC menu to draknetprofile
  • maybe try to select profile based on location (see metaconf and guessnet)

The install team (Titi, Pixel, me) brain-stormed with David about the installer for Mandriva 2007.

We mostly talked about the media selection: it should be redesigned to ease updates installation and to make thirdparty media usage easier (for example with a new proprietary drivers media).

Another important point is that the rpmsrate file should disappear, it will better be replaced by task packages.

Maybe we can use "Suggests" rpm tags for requires such as alsa sub-packages. For example gstreamer would suggest gstreamer-alsa, that would be picked if alsa if selected.

But we should still provide package selection based on hardware detection. The network::thirdparty may be used to get a list of packages (mainly to select packages copied from CDs), and extended for modules other than network.

blosxom Optimised for standards.
Olivier Blin (2005)