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fun stuff, remastering Knoppix

 9:43 pm on Jan 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

There are a few HOWTOs on the net.

It isn't really all the tricky to do. What I ended up with is a 209 mg mini CD that I could fit in my pocket yet still had a lot of the apps I like to use . I started out with an already stripped out version of Knoppix, found at ftp://ftp.es.debian.org/pub/miniKnoppix . The author of that did a really nice job of chopping down Knoppix, but he left in KDE3 which leaves little room for much else.

I stripped out KDE and put in some apps I'd rather have:
Abiword + English spell check
Phoenix (apt-get version)
Flash player (sitting inside Phoenix)
Flite (small text to speech utility)
XPilot (interactive shoot'em up net game)
The Gimp
Xchat (fancy gui IRC client)

Anyway, with that mini CD, I got everything I need to get my work down, or to do a little playing. I think I am going to try to make a 50 MB business card size one next.



 7:12 pm on Jan 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm a bit slimmer ;-)

I wanted a rescue CD that could load up in a ramdisc everything I need to fix a system. Started from a copy of Slackware 8.1 and ended up with a 22MB filesystem with mc, parted, fdisk, and a few other useful apps.

I'd recommend reading a few HOWTOs before doing something similar, like the Linux from Scratch and From Power-Up to Bash.

I'm using Debian now so I might try to cut down Knoppix one day, besides I have the 31 Oct 2002 snapshot.


 7:20 pm on Jan 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

That looks very cool LM!

How about a remotely accessable system, its a shame they don't have a free demo or trial;



 12:08 am on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

The correct link for the knoppix.net howto is :

( i should know, i run the site ; )

Yes remastering is a lot of fun. Also great is Knoppix Persistant home, which lets you store your home directory in a file on a partition ( even fat32 as it's a file mounted loopback ).

I am just working on a Knoppix version with kde 3.1 :)


 1:08 am on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

Martin, wow, that is pretty small! Do you know about lnx-bbc [lnx-bbc.org]? It is under 50mb, small enough for a business card CD, yet has a very good selection of apps. For my micro remasterring I think I may try to start with that. Really, there are just a couple of things I'd change, and it's really more of a taste thing.

Eaden, small world huh? Nice site btw.


 10:15 am on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

No I didn't know about the Linux BBC, I'm surprised the latest ISO is from August 2001, that's pretty old for a Linux distro.

I'll give it a try but when I run a rescue CD I want it to be as close to running a real system with root privileges as possible. It doesn't make sense for me to run something similar regularly.


 1:18 pm on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

littleman : yes small world :) .. or big webmasterworld! and thanks for the "nice site".. I tried to make it really good, as i thought the current site, while functional, didn't do knoppix justice. I'm thinking of redisigning it. I had based it around the knoppix background image, but i'm sick of white on black.

b.t.w. if anyone wants to remaster knoppix, knoppix_lite is a good starting point ( only 200M with kde )

I will be releasing a remaster soon, with KDE 3.1 :) 3.1 is so nice :)


 1:41 pm on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yeah, that is where I started. It made the purging process a lot less work. My thing is mini-CDs right now. There is just something kinda cool about having a fully functional Debian based system in your pocket. KDE 3.1, I'll have to download your iso if you make it available.

Martin, try one of the nightlies [lnx-bbc.org], or one of the Pre-2.0s [lnx-bbc.org].


 2:46 pm on Jan 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

>Martin, try one of the nightlies, or one of the Pre-2.0s.

Littleman, I'm not so enthusiastic about the nightly builds... Last time I used a CVS snapshot it was an early source of KDE 3.1. A lot of it compiled but now I woudn't use a KDE other than a stable relase, on the other side I've been using a CVS version of licq for months without any problems.

I guess it depends on how many developers test it and probably how much is the source, anybody here tried the snapshots. I think I'll give a try to [lnx-bbc.org...]


 2:50 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Littleman wrote :
KDE 3.1, I'll have to download your iso if you make it available.

I have made it available :) ( As well as redesigning my site )

The official one should be out before 12th March.

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