Linked by Stan Brone on Mon 23rd Dec 2002 07:19 UTC
Linux Have you ever been in situations which made you think "I wish I had Linux running right now", or are you a person who just would like to try Linux quickly? Knoppix Linux might just be your thing!
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KNOPPIX can be customized.
by Anonymous on Mon 23rd Dec 2002 14:59 UTC

Actually, there are ways to customize Knoppix. There are several HOWTOs on doing this here and there. To vastly oversimply, one does a harddrive install of Knoppix to a spare partition and customizes it with the standard Debian tools or just plain old fashioned tweaking. Once it's been customized to taste, it is remastered back to a CD. Of course, one does need to pay a mind to space; there are approximately 2GB of wiggle room for the entire system. The first step of most any customization is going to be removing things since KNOPPIX comes installed with pretty much everything plus the kitchen sink.

I'm going to try my hand at making a media player out of it. Basically, I intend to make a version with all of the desktop and X stuff ripped out and then install some things like Freevo and MPlayer. This will leave me with a CD that I can use to turn most any spare machine into a quick and dirty standalone video/audio player.

There's only about a million things we can do with a customizable Live CD with such excellent hardware detection. Come to think of it, I wonder how hard it would be add Nvidia's drivers to it. One couldn't redistribute the result (why do they have to be a PITA about that?) but it really would work in damn near anything then.