Both OpenBits and LinuxTracker are listing torrents of the LinuxTag version of the Knoppix 4.0 DVD which have been remastered to default to English instead of German, and also include Qemu, for the ability to run the DVD on top of Windows (without rebooting).
Wow, not much LiveCD news today. The LiveLAMP release has already been posted, but there is another announcement that Groklaw is covering. This time they’re putting a $10,000 value on the OSS software they’re including on the CD.
A paragraph on Puppy Linux: deccanherald.com
Flavio’s TechnoTalk has one of the first in depth Knoppix 4.0 LinuxTag DVD reviews. It includes a good number of screenshots and talks about changes since version 3.9.
This time, Knoppix 4.0, also known as ‘maxi’, is released on DVD, so that many more applications can be included. The obvious advantage is that you don’t need to spend time downloading and installing your favorite applications.
I received the latest issue of Wired and the biggest words on the cover, besides “WIRED”, was “REMIX NOW!”, indicating that this issue would be devoted to the huge amount of remixing the web has seen recently. It actually covered a lot more than I expected. There were many music and movie references, but it also included video games, writing, cars, shoes, ipods, etc. This got me to thinking, what else could be a remix, and it didn’t take long until I started thinking about LiveCDs. If any type of remix deserves a place in this issue of Wired, even just small box, it would have to be the Knoppix LiveCD. Being a derivative of Debian, Knoppix itself has easily over 100 derivatives, from bioknoppix to Whoppix. Knoppix also has credit given to it by Damn Small Linux, a LiveCD which weighs in at under 50 MB, and has several (six I think) derivatives itself. So, for example, one branch of this remix tree goes: GNU/Linux software -> Debian -> Knoppix -> Damn Small Linux -> ELE.
I now view this as a glaring omission from an otherwise great issue. Is Wired even aware of Knoppix? Why does a search for Knoppix on Wired’s website bring up zero hits? Isn’t the ability for anyone to remix an OS easily and distribute it to the world in a form that anyone can test out 5 minutes after downloading worthy of some kind of mention?
The Beer Files has news of a new Linux LiveCD dedicated to setting up working enviroments for schools to give their students. It does not appear to be released yet, but looks like a great use of a LiveCD.
According to OSV, LiveLAMP can turn any PC into an instant server capable of supporting up to 1,000 students doing work on over a dozen programming languages and hundreds of development tools.
Whoppix, the security LiveCD with great flash tutorials on its website, is going through a big change. While it was based on Knoppix, it will now be based on SLAX. The name has changed to support the change, from Whoppix to WHAX. Makes sense to me.
NewsForge has a glowing review of Puppy Linux. Puppy is not just a LiveCD distro, as it also runs from USB devices, hard drives, zip drives, etc. It is definitely a distro everyone should try.
It is kind of the Tardis of Linux distributions — more on the inside than one would imagine.
HTML FIX IT.COM has an introduction and startup guide to Knoppix and Mandriva Move. The article is written for Windows users who may be interested in seeing Linux, but not interested in installing it.
Linux.com has a thorough review of several rescue LiveCDs in different rescue scenarios.
This article reviews three open source rescue CDs: System Rescue CD, LNX-BBC, and CDlinux. These are all small downloads, ranging from 17 to 110MB, specifically designed to perform system rescue.
NewsForge has an overview of FreeSBIE, a BSD based LiveCD.
OSDir has KNOPPIX 4.0 screenshots!
ReviewLinux.Com has reviewed PCLinuxOS Preview 9. Read it and become familar with PCLinuxOS.
The first OpenSolaris LiveCD has shown up on FrozenTech’s LiveCD List. It currently has no GUI, but it can be installed to a hard drive.
DistroWatch has a bittorrent link to the new Knoppix 4.0 DVD released a few days ago at LinuxTag. Note that this defaults to German, so use the lang=us switch for English, and be aware that the official release may differ from this one.
Update: the Knoppix.net forums have more bittorrent links.
Also, screenshots (because 4 Gigs takes a while to download).
Kyle Rankin, author of Knoppix Hacks and Knoppix Pocket Reference for O’Reilly, has the scoop on the new Knoppix 4.0 DVD. Looks like the official download is not here yet, buy maybe someone will put the DVD on bittorrent.
NewsForge has a review on Freeduc, a LiveCD geared towards education and students.
The true gem of the distribution is GCompris, an educational suite that contains more than 60 educational applications, ranging from mouse games to a chess tutorial.
OSDir has new screenshots of SLYNUX 2.0.
Last week PCLinuxOS released Preview 9 of their high quality and popular distribution. Check out the Release Notes for some of the improvements.