[Article Proposal] OS chroot (beginner level)

I have written a small article in my blog about chrooting with btrfs subvolumes, I would be happy to improve it for Fedora magazine if you are interested.

The topics covered are:
* chroot on a partition with a ‘classic’ fs (xfs, ext, etc)
* chroot on a btrfs partition with subvolumes (which is not really different :wink:)

by the way, English is not my native language, but my British wife can review and correct it.

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It looks good too me. I’d leave off the section about Parrot OS at the end for the Fedora Magazine version.


+1 from me @yannickduclap
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+1 from me @armanwu
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Hello and thank you for your welcome, I will read all this and get in touch if/when necessary.

I might be compelled to do an article on systemd-nspawn for beginners… :slight_smile:

wow, systemd-nspawn looks really cool, can’t wait to read about it :slight_smile:

There is already an article about systemd-nspawn on Fedora Magazine.

If there is interest though, we might re-run it in the annual December “top articles” post.


It needs to be re-covered. 2016 is some time ago and honestly, anyone coming across it would be discouraged by the date. Linux is full of articles and commands sometimes going back decades, that new users look at, and assume it no longer applies to the current version due to the article date. I will say the same for podman, toolbox, policycoreutils-sandbox and a couple others…

OK. You’ve convinced me. :slightly_smiling_face: If you want to take it on, go ahead a start a new thread with a proposal and I’ll give it my +1.

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Speaking of podman, someone wrote a short article on it but didn’t advance a Taiga card so it went unnoticed until just now.

I’m debating what to do with that article. It is pretty basic. But maybe it is good to (re)cover the basics once in a while?

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hi, while doing some more research, I read this old article which explains why using systemd-nspawn is better than using chroot to run a command on a third party OS especially from systemd. I understand better why you proposed to make an article about it and I encourage you to do so… I find mine much less useful suddenly…

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I read your article on Fedora magazine and it was great ! Congrats to you for that !. Love the example of using the Fedora Security spin as well. Cheers !

My use case for systemd-nspawn is different than the " chroot > recover system > happy " steps most use it for. I like to sandbox applications with it and have been doing so since Fedora 25. Flatpak and Podman have changed my work flow slightly and solved the no root required option, but toolbox falls short a bit here. policycoreutils-sandbox works great for isolation but it’s never covered.

a write up of these things would be an amalgamation of process, use case and how to’s. It would be more of a series than a write up…

I think podman need more attention, “What/Why you need to use podman, How to use” etc. There are so many articles that tie podman to docker, when you can effectively ignore docker altogether.

Go for it ! :grinning:

All of that sounds to me like stuff that other people might want to do as well. Certainly if you are using Fedora Linux and/or other FOSS to do it, such articles would be very welcome on the magazine. If it is highly complex, try to break it down into smaller “bite sized” pieces that people can read and comprehend in just a few minutes. There are no length requirements however. If it needs to be longer, that is OK.


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