Dirk Eddelbuettel blogs about slides he just released for a talk he gave on Quantian and distributed statistical computing. Probably worth reading if you run a lot of R jobs, or are interested in high performance clusters.
I heard something I would have never expected on UPN’s show Veronica Mars. In one scene, near the middle of the episode, two characters were arguing over computer operating systems. The two OSes were OS X, and Ubuntu. And in talking about Ubuntu, one character states that it is available as a LiveCD. Could this be the first mention of a LiveCD on broadcast television?
Edit: I was told the show was a rerun, I’m not sure of the original air date.
Some pics of the 8/16/05 Knoppix 4.0 DVD have appeared here.
Blog of Helios has A Subjective Look at PCLinuxOS. Don’t forget the “subjective” part, read the first two comments for more on this.
There is no struggling to find codecs and Java packages, you no longer have to install mplayer plugins and place individual components into the proper folders… In the majority of cases, it works.
Knoppix mirrors seem to have a new knoppix-dvd folder on the same level as the knoppix folder, so you won’t be able to find the download from the mirror site without going up one level. Here’s the changelog, straight from a mirror.
– Project split into DVD and CD edition
– OpenOffice 2.0 build 104 (english/german)
– Lots and lots of package updates
– Bugfixes: floppyconf, knoppix-installer
– Kernel 2.6.12(.4) update
– KDE 3.4.1 from Debian/experimental
– correct agpgart module detection
– tulip PCI id fix in hwdata
– ralink and madwifi driver updates
– hostap added
– removed “slow USB block device” (ub) option (problems with usb-storage reported)
– chmod cdrecord/cdrdao to no longer run suid root because of changed kernel ioctls
– Added development packages: eclipse, mono
– Added most kde-i18n langiages from unstable
– Added knoppix books and Open Source Jahrbuch
– Added m23 software distribution system
– Added Knoppix menu item for setting root password
– Added AVM modules for DSL and ISDN cards
– Added ISDN/DSL configuration packages from Kanotix
– Added alternative desktops: gnome, ratpoison, xfce4, openbox
– Added (too many to list) packages from Debian/sarge (abiword, gnumeric…)
– Replaced mozilla-suite by mozilla-firefox and mozilla-thunderbird
– linux-ntfs (sourceforge) CVS snapshot
LinuxDevices.com has a simple diagram describing how the IBM SoulPad works. To quickly summarize, it looks like Knoppix, autoloads VMware, which restores a session that was “hibernated” to a USB drive. The hibernation is the difficult part since it also has to store all documents and application changes to the system, along with whatever is in memory.
Daemon News has news and a link to a forum announcement about a new i386 NetBSD LiveCD.
This bootable ISO image contains NetBSD 3.99.7 and allows you to boot NetBSD/i386 -current without having to install to a hard disk. The LiveCD was initially intended to be a rescue cdrom, but is now capable of much more.
LiveCD News gets mentioned in Distrowatch Weekly!
If you are a fan of these bootable CD- or DVD-based operating systems then the above two sites are certainly worth bookmarking!
Distrowatch has some info and a screenshot from the new experimental Gentoo LiveCD with the new GUI installer.
PCQuest has an article detailing how to get all your favorite LiveCDs onto a single, menu-selectable LiveDVD. A great how-to article that hopefully will bring a round of LiveDVDs with dozens of distros!
First create a folder for each live distro you have. For instance, if you are creating a DVD for Auditor, PHLAK and Whoppix, create three folders with the name auditor, phlak and whoppix.
Tuxmachines.org has a quick review of the updates in the latest Austrumi LiveCD. Austrum is a 50MB LiveCD which includes Firefox and a nice looking desktop layout.
Flexbeta has and article talking about Knoppix, and what it can be used for. More of an introduction to Knoppix than anything else.
DistroWatch has links to the SLAX-based LiveCD Klax with the ultra-new KDE 3.5 development release. By far the easiest wat to test KDE 3.5.
64,000 LiveCDs are being distributed to students in French schools. This is great in so many ways, not only will it cut down on software piracy (MS will be happy), it will enable many more students to use tools that they may not have been able to use previously. Not everyone can afford MS Office, Photoshop, etc, and not everyone can/is willing to pirate it. Once this generation comes to expect this kind of capability on any computer, manufacturers will include it on their systems, and people will end up getting a $300 Dell with a full office suite, image editing apps, and practically every program they could ever use.
Every student between the ages of 15 and 19 attending a school in Auvergne will be given a pack containing two CDs. The first CD contains free software for Microsoft Windows and Apple Computer’s Mac OS X, including the OpenOffice.org office productivity application, the Firefox browser and the GIMP image editing application. The second CD is a Linux Live CD, allowing pupils to try the open source operating system without installing it.
Slashdot announces the new Gentoo release and the new experimental LiveCD with Gnome and a GUI installer. Entertaining comments follow.
Engadget has news and a link to a video demonstrating IBM’s SoulPad, a virtual computing environment that allows you to save your computing session, with all your open programs, and move to another physical machine and start where you left off. The presenter says it is based on Knoppix, but in the video it really looks like Windows XP is the OS running after Knoppix boots (of course it’s simple to get Linux to look like XP, so that could explain the green and blue task bar).
Gnuman.com has a review of Mepis Lite. Check out what it’s all about here.
Mepis is a simple and easy to use Live-CD based distribution that can be easily installed on your hard drive. As you can see in our review of Mepis SoHo Server that Mepis is really trying to put together the right moves to knock off the current and most popular distro in Ubuntu.
DesktopLinux.com has some news on MEPIS, including a new testing release.