Re: Will Knoppix remain relevant?
Gilles Pelletier kirjoitti:
Is Knoppix so far behind? I don't believe so. All that would be needed
is a commented link to debianmultimedia.org in /etc/apt/sources.list,
explaining that, in some countries, the use of such packeages might
be completely illegal. Checking with local authorities is advised.
Includinfg Christian Marillat's key would certainly ease things. Etc.
A few quick tricks would ease things off for newbies.
I agree that sources.list could be modified, e.g. this is what I have:
I have also Wine from Ubuntu (Feisty)
Using libdvdcss2 is illegal in many countries (not even Conrad Newton in
Norway dares to add.it to his distro).
If the next version of Knoppix comes out without support for
multimedia, it will be completely irrelevant, at least to most users
who go to telesivion sites, youtube, newsgroups. even newspapers'
sites, etc. It might still be relevant to developers, though, but it
would be a different Knoppix.
Multimedia is important. Therefore I added e.g. Amarok to my Knoppix
derivative called 'SuomiKnoppix' (meaning 'Finnish Knoppix')
But the real problem was to get some videos played. In Finland
following links are very popular:
I had to add Totem to get those seen because mplayer-plugin for
Iceweasel (mozilla-mplayer) don't work as intended.
But in original Knoppix the problem is the size of CD. I could remove
all kde-i18n* packages (english stays as default) and add only
kde-i18n-fi package.. That gives much additional space. Also using the
best compression makes CD smaller. But if Klaus tries to add Totem with
it's dependencies to Knoppix CD, it's almost impossible.
For now, I've been using Linux exclusively for almost six years and I
put a lot of hope in this new 5.2 version. Summer 2007, we said? Ok.
I hope the next version would be 5.3! Yesterday there came new kernel
2.6.22 to kernel.org. Aufs is now much better than before (there's also
patch for realtime preemption now, see my -rt patched kernel version for
I hope also there would be a real boot menu to make choicing boot
options easier (I use grub-gfxboot myself).
The best thing in Knoppix is that it is easy to remaster. So you Gilles
can make such a CD to your friends that is suited for your taste (with
all flavours you want). But in a worldwide distribution (as original
Knoppix) you can't use e.g. libdvdcss2 at this time and perhaps never.
Would you (Gilles) want to try my new version
meanig date 20070707) and boot it in english? Perhaps it has everything
you need, and you could give it to your friends that has used Windows
before. There's also knoppix-remaster script in 'Finnish Knoppix' to
make remastering easier :)
But if there would not be 'original Knoppix' there woul not be
'SuomiKnoppix' and many other distros. I and many others can remaster
Knoppix but ther hardest work it to get it booted right, e.g. 'toram'
and get cloop device to work with new kernels.