Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Knoppix 4.0 is ready

Filed under

With Version 3.9 of the Live CD Linux Knoppix only recently completed, the next one is already in the offing. In time for the event LinuxTag 2005, which will commence this Wednesday in Karlsruhe, the developer Klaus Knopper will be releasing the Version 4.0 of his Linux system, which can be booted and operated directly from CD. It is based on the recently released Debian 3.1 (Sarge). Knoppix was expanded compared with the state of release of Sarge by the Version 3.4.1 of the Unix/Linux desktop KDE. As a further desktop the Version 2.8 of GNOME is included, with the open-source Office Suite OpenOffice available in the beta version of the 2.0 edition.

Knoppix 4.0 is to appear in a slimmed-down CD and expanded DVD version; at the LinuxTag its first DVD edition will be on sale for 5 euros. According to Mr. Knopper thanks to cloop data compression it has proved possible to pack more than 9 gigabytes of software from the Debian Pool unto a single-layer DVD. All in all more than 2,600 software packages with a total of more than 5,300 applications are to be found on the DVD, he said.

Moreover, in Version 4.0 a number of expansions have been integrated that have flowed back to Knoppix from the Knoppix-based distributions Kanotix, Quantian, Paipix and Freeduc. With, for example, the Kanotix hardware support for ISDN and DSL adapters from AVM, an improved hard disk installer, scientific software from Quantian and Paipix and learning software for children from Freeduc among them.

The DVD edition of Knoppix 4.0 also contains, for example, the software distribution system m23 as well as the books "Knoppix Kompakt" by Rainer Hattenhauer and "Knowing Knoppix" by Phil Jones.

The live operating system that for a long time now has no longer been intended exclusively for testing, schooling or rescue purposes is booted and operated directly from the DVD or CD. Via installation scripts a Debian Linux can also be set up on hard disk. With the help of unionfs, which was introduced with Version 3.8, a RAM disk can be laid transparently across the Knoppix file system on the CD. This allows any file to be changed while the system is running; even installing additional software into the CD Linux system at a later date presents no problem. When the new persistent home directory feature is used not only are the personal files placed in the home directory but all newly created or changed files are stored in an image file. (Robert W. Smith)


More in Tux Machines

Red Hat: Kerala, Amazon and More

Programming: Swift, Brilliant Jerks in Engineering, and Career Path for Software Developers

  • Swift code will run on Google's Fuchsia OS
    A few days ago, there was a flash-in-the-pan controversy over Google "forking" Apple's open-source programming language Swift. After a few minutes of speculation over whether Google was going to make its own special flavor of the language for its own purposes, Swift's creator Chris Lattner (who now works at Google) helpfully clarified the situation:
  • Brilliant Jerks in Engineering
    This are numerous articles and opinions on the topic, including Brilliant Jerks Cost More Than They Are Worth, and It's Better to Avoid a Toxic Employee than Hire a Superstar. My colleague Justin Becker is also giving a talk at QConSF 2017 on the topic: Am I a Brilliant Jerk?. It may help to clarify that "brilliant jerk" can mean different things to different people. To illustrate, I'll describe two types of brilliant jerks: the selfless and the selfish, and their behavior in detail. I'll then describe the damage caused by these jerks, and ways to deal with them. The following are fictional characters. These are not two actual engineers, but are collections of related traits to help examine this behavior beyond the simple "no asshole rule." These are engineers who by default act like jerks, not engineers who sometimes act that way.
  • [Older] The missing career path for software developers
    You started hacking on technology thrilled with every stroke of the key, making discoveries with every commit. You went about solving problems, finding new challenges. You were happy for a while, until you hit a plateau. There was a choice to be made. Continue solving the same problems or start managing others. You tried it out, and hated it. Longing to focus on technology, not people, you turned to your open source project. When it became successful, you became an open source maintainer but ended up overwhelmed and burned out. Hoping to get back to doing work that fascinates you, you went work for yourself. Lacking experience running a business, you're crushed with all the decisions you need to make. You’re nearing burnout — again. It feels like you’re on a hamster wheel.

Mastodon is Free Software, But It Does Not Respect Free Speech

Mastodon was always known to be tough on Nazis; it was known that they were strict on free speech only to a degree. After the treatment that I received yesterday, however, I can no longer recommend Mastodon. It may be Free software, but it’s very weak on free speech. Read more

today's howtos