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Re: Integrate Knoppix in Debian (was: Re: Debian Enterprise?)

Tom <tb.31123.nospam@comcast.net> writes:

> On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 08:07:16AM +0100, Andreas Tille wrote:
> [snip]
> > ..  But currently Debian is missing
> > something: We have no brain dead method to create a user customized CD
> > with really good auto detection. ..
> [snip]
> What things are autodetected by Knoppix and its ilk?

Two major things I can name:

kernel modules (apt-get install discover(2) or hotplug takes care of

XFree configuration

> What things are not autodetected?
> What things are autodetected in "compatibility mode", i.e. will likely 
> require configuration tweaks for maximum performance?

XFree might fail to work perfectly or might need a bootparameter to
use a framebufer driver instead. But I've heard far more people on irc
saying knoppix works but debian they can't get working than the other
way around.

> What things are so easy to autodetect that they are "just right every 
> time"?
> What's the ratio of things in each category?
> Why don't you just move autodetection into the main kernel or driver trees?

Keep stuff out of the kernel. Its too big already. We don't need or
want autodetection of the monitor frequencies or the dsl contracktor
in the kernel.

> I don't see why it needs to be this complicated...

Three things: 1. thick headed maintainers, 2. policy, 3. time


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