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Re: Will Knoppix remain relevant?

On Sunday 08 July 2007 18:05, Gilles Pelletier wrote:
> Today, we boot a Live-CD and we find it normal that all the
> paraphernalia is configured automagically. But, a few years ago,
> things wen't so simple. It's Knoppix -- read Klaus Knopper -- that
> brought automatic material recognition to the forefront. IANAP, but
> I do believe it would have taken much longer otherwise.
> Knoppix iniatives were pupping up all over the place: KNOPPIX.net *
> Knowing KNOPPIX * klik Live Installer for KNOPPIX * Games KNOPPIX *
> Accelerated KNOPPIX * KNOPPIX Denmark * KNOPPIX France *
> KNOPPIX Italy * KNOPPIX Japan * KNOPPIX Poland * KNOPPIX Spain *
> KNOPPIX Taiwan * Knoppix Thailand * KNOPPIX auf Festplatte
> installieren * LinuxWIKI KNOPPIX
An OS supports application programs which in turn support the user's 
tasks.  This has not changed from the beginning.  Whether the 
distribution is  Debian based, RedHat based or Slackware based the 
lingua franca of install methods on Linux is still 
gunzip, ./configure, make and make install. Therefore I am 
comfortable with Slackware. So long as the source has a tarball I 
have a pretty good shot of installing it.  The problem I have with 
Knoppix and its derivatives, Slax and its derivatives and so on is 
the obsolescence  of the packages offered. And there is always a 
package not offered. 

The proliferation of packaging methods, deb, rpm and Slack pkgtool, is 
a continuing difficulty.  The labor of repackaging the application 
software in multiple Linux formats is slowing growth of application 
software.  Increasingly I ignore the packaging system of a 
distribution after initial install, and look for gzipped tarballs for 
the Open source programs I use. With self-loading and running systems 
such as Knoppix this is not practical today. 

I can cite problems but I have no generic solution. Perhaps an 
updateable cdr is the solution, or a complete distribution on a 
read/write memory stick is the answer. Possibly Linux itself needs to 
be reconfigured into a read-only part and a read/write part. I await 
other comments.   

John Culleton
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