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    Knoppix Preview

    Ok. I don't want to get too many mouths watering, but Klaus posted an update as to what the next release of Knoppix and Knoppix 3.4 should look like. There's some very cool stuff there.

    Here's the lowdown

    Preliminary release plan:

    - Update to Kernel 2.4.23 for the download edition of Knoppix 3.3,
    should be finished next week. Note that the stated kernel brk
    vulnerability is a local exploit, and does not breech too many new
    security holes into Knoppix since you can alway switch to the root
    account without password anyways there, if you are already logged in.

    - Parallel working on version 3.4 with some major changes:
    - switching to IsoLinux plus a 2 floppy boot option in order to
    allow inclusion of more drivers in the kernel and initrd (USB and
    Firewire, possibly), since the space on the 1.44 MB floppy is
    exhausted for Kernel 2.6 alone already.
    - Inclusion of ACPI. I know this will break many things, and you may
    have to boot with "noacpi" on many machines.
    - Kernel 2.4.23+ and/or 2.6.0+, depending on the first stability checks.
    Maybe a dual boot option for different kernels.
    - More utilities in the Knoppix service menus.
    - Some more interactive options for selecting language/services on
    bootup via dialog menus.
    - NTFS write support by using a linux kernel loader for native
    windows ntfs.sys (if present on the corresponding ntfs partition).
    - Experiments with an overlay file system to allow easier on-the-fly
    installations of new software and possibly eliminating the need of a
    separate /ramdisk virtual partition.
    - Project fork of a beginner and blind-friendly "talking" version with
    different voices and languages, with most of the "complicated
    expert-only stuff" removed. This version may rely on Kernel
    2.6.0 because of the newer soundcard drivers for
    cheap/badly-designed/windows-only soundchips.
    - first release scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2004,
    maybe a download location for adventurous people who don't mind
    destroying their hardware with the first Kernel 2.6 releases, will
    be provided. I hope to be able to have a release ready for CeBit
    2004 (end of march).

    Regards
    -Klaus Knopper



    Klaus' original post can be found here.

    Thanks Fabian for pointing this out to me!

    Adam

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    Re: Knoppix Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by aay
    Ok. I don't want to get too many mouths watering . . .
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    Too late. Man I may put off my remastering efforts and wait for this.

    Is KDE 3.2 in the works also?

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    Re: Knoppix Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Rootman
    Quote Originally Posted by aay
    Ok. I don't want to get too many mouths watering . . .
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    Too late. Man I may put off my remastering efforts and wait for this.

    Is KDE 3.2 in the works also?
    No, but Klaus has usuall upgraded KDE whenever it turns up in Debian Sid. I won't be putting it in there until it is officially released though. No betas.

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    NTFS write support by using a linux kernel loader for native windows ntfs.sys
    There's another thing from the 'dirty-hacks-using-windows-binaries-department' that i'd like to see in knoppix someday; this emulator for 54mbit wlan drivers: http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmDee
    NTFS write support by using a linux kernel loader for native windows ntfs.sys
    There's another thing from the 'dirty-hacks-using-windows-binaries-department' that i'd like to see in knoppix someday; this emulator for 54mbit wlan drivers: http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/
    I agree. I wrote Klaus about it. No word back yet.

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    It would be also the occasion to include an another nice tool, it is NTLM Authorization Proxy Server http://apserver.sourceforge.net/ it allow you to authenticate via MS Proxy Server using the proprietary NTLM protocol, this is very useful for all the peoples wo need access to the net by an proprietary proxi server. It work great with 3.2 and 3.3 knoppix version, but to have it included in the cd will be great for all the people who need a fast access on the net without the need to install linux or customize knoppix!

    Piero

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    What about adding support for the Arabic language too ?
    We as Arab users, don't have Arabic fonts installed on KNOPPIX ??
    Here is a link for a bug report where I have submitted a link to GPLed Arabic fonts.

    http://www.knoppix.net/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=345

    Also, what about enabling the Arabic language in OpenOffice ??
    It won't cost space, and will help Arabic users greatly.


    Regards
    Mohamed Eldesoky
    Linux-Egypt

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    what about a cdfs. to readout every session of a iso9660 formated cd
    http://www.elis.rug.ac.be/~ronsse/cdfs/

    regards
    carsten

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    NTFS write support by using a linux kernel loader for native
    windows ntfs.sys (if present on the corresponding ntfs partition).
    Yes!

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    and what about support for lm_sensors with a patched kernel http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5176#24095 ???

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