Building on Knoppix and Damn Small Linux
> I am enthusiast about an official Debian Live cd.
> However I caught a cold shower when you declared that Casper (Ubuntu) is
> the way to go and Knoppix is not Debian.
> Ubuntu is not Debian, either!
> The Ubuntu live-cd took me ages to boot, the above mentioned distro take
> no longer than 30 secs.
Perhaps your Ubuntu live CD does something stupid, like hashing the
entire CD on startup?
> We could at least take the wonderful Knoppix boot and hardware detection
> scripts and the equally wonderful backup-restore scripts from Damn Small
> Linux, the only distro I've found allowing me to carry a full OS on a
> memory stick.
It consists of unchanged Debian packages only.
It does not contain any unofficial package.
> Throwing Knoppix's (and its derivatives') expertise away would be a
> terrible mistake, IMHO.
Expertise like the hideous cloop hack?
> Would I be able to carry my Debian Live on my 1GB stick?
A base Debian system should fit on a 64 MB stick. I can't imagine how
many bloated desktop environments would be required to push a compressed
Debian root filesystem above even 700 MB.
> Would I be able to run it from an emulator (Qemu) without intoxicating
> my host OS?
That would depend entirely on Qemu, would it not?
> Would I be able to run it on older hardware?
If you have a CD-ROM reader attached.
> I think many users are in my situation and would like to see this
> addressed, or they (we) might stay put where we are.
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