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Thread: The perfect Knoppix 7.0.5

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    The perfect Knoppix 7.0.5

    Hi, the first ever Linux distro I used was knoppix back in 2004 (a friend of mine gave it to me to rescue a windows box) and now it has came full circle as I'm using it again. I find 7.0.4 suits me perfectly fine for what I want (a secure live cd environment to go online on a pentium4 3ghz 1gram machine), nonwithstanding this is what I think would make 7.0.5 perfect: - Compiz and composite disabled by default (would save you the trouble of having to set root pw and nano'ing xorg.conf). I know that the 'fire' and 'breaking cubes' effects are cool but I speak for a lot of people in this town saying that knoppix is mostly used in professional and educational environments... we really don't care about special effects, in fact, they tend to get in the way and break production rythmn as they slow down old machines and many gfx cards have problems with compiz and composite. - What would improve knoppix's looks drastically would be the adoption of a professional/clean LXDE theme like this one: I think I saw that theme somewhere in but I can't find it now... - Skipping kernel 3.5.3 and using kernel 3.6 since it's pretty close to final... also I don't know why there have been HUGE improvements in perfomance, the look of fonts etc etc from older 7.0 to this 7.0.4 - Ability to change keyboard layout from the control panel - Inclusion of a modern release of Chrome or firefox in the live CD version... being stuck with iceweasel 10 just because you lack a DVD driver is not fair. - The live cd version would profit from a better selection of software I think, for instance: vlc instead of gnome player etc... one last thing - thanks for creating the best linux live cd and the perfect distro for people who want to run linux in a non permanent manner.

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    Greetings, pallidus, welcome to the forum.

    I'm no fan of Compiz, either, but I think there are features that
    Klaus K needs for the Adriane version. Just disable it if it
    offends you. Or disable parts of it. I disable scale, first thing.
    Have you tried the magnifier, Super-M? I find that handy.

    Knoppix can probably use the Lubuntu theme. Have you tried
    Main Menu>Preferences>Customize Look & Feel?

    As for the kernel, I think Klaus K always opts for the latest
    reasonably stable kernel. One that doesn't have too many nasty
    regressions that always creep into the latest and greatest.
    He saves us a lot of time finding and avoiding inconsistencies
    that won't be fixed for months. Like not having a wl driver for
    Broadcom wifis; oops, sorry, that's not a good example.
    Last edited by utu; 09-11-2012 at 07:41 PM.

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    Notes on Lubuntu 12.04 LiveCD vs Knoppix 7.0.4 LiveUSB

    Nice look and feel
    ...but keypad driver needs re-training
    Needs d/l wifi firmware; but, given internet connection;
    ...installs NetGear extermal wifi without assistance; given that,
    ...installs b43 for internal BC4322 very nicely .
    Same theme choices as Knoppix

    Lots of Games vs none
    Abiword & Gnumeric vs LibreOffice
    RandR vs ARandR
    ...gets my hd display & Intel driver right
    3.2.0 vs 3.4.9 kernel
    PCManFM 0.9 vs 1.0
    Chromium vs IceWeasel
    ...didn't assess flash situation
    (?) vs Brasero
    (?) vs Xpdf

    No Compiz & no 3d re-start
    Multi-user vs single-user, probably
    No zram enhancement, probably
    No compressed image updates, probably
    Slower boot-up, probably

    Provision to create LiveUSB &/or persistence (?)

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