Well, it sounds interesting, even if I recall a post in another thread where it was stated that at the moment all Plut MD have to run the same core as Core.
In that post there was also a description of a workaround in order to make a epia MD with CMOV bug to be set up with a i386 kernel.
It was a matter of installing the core the normal way, then switch the core to a i386 kernel, setup the epia MD then switch back the Core kernel to i686.
Basically the trick is to change the base environment, from where the MD setup script copy all the needed stuff into the new MD structure in /home diskless/192.168.80.xx
If this is correct, a starting option could be this:
1- setup an epia box with properly patched kernel, xserver, xine and everything that is needed to have a well tuned epia hw
2- on top of this install a Pluto hybrid
3- create a new MD
If my assumptions are correct, we therefore should get (besides a working diskless MD) something like a "template" for epia MD
Then we could get a snapshot of such template and use it more or less like a package.
For instance I recall that in the Pluto Setup Wizard, when you are asked info about your MD there is a drop down list where you have to select which kind of pc will be used as MD.
Up to now there's only one choice (General PC as MD), but here could be the right place to put something like "EPIA PC as MD". By selecting this option one could get the "epia template" package mentioned above. Some script tweaking should complete the job.
I'm not a linux guy so this may be a really silly option, and if this is the case feel free to correct me.
Anyway, I am about to clean up my M10K (Nehemiah) pc and install from scratch debian with all epia patches and then I will install Pluto hybrid on top of it.
So an epia optimized MD is likely to see the light in a near future.
If any Plutohome and/or linux guru is reading this I would like to have their impression, just to know whether this idea may in principle work or not.
Suggestions are also very much appreciated