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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)
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.
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.
( 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 :)
Eaden, small world huh? Nice site btw.
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.
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 :)
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...]