"Stateless Linux" project

seth vidal skvidal at phy.duke.edu
Wed Sep 15 07:05:04 UTC 2004

On Wed, 2004-09-15 at 08:01 +0100, John Hearns wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-09-15 at 07:40, seth vidal wrote:
> > > Great idea.
> > > 
> > I'm sorry if I sound like a curmudgeon but this is just what happens
> > when you hear developers promising the world year after year and the
> > world simply never showing up.
> Point(s) taken. I won't argue - you are right.
> However, I'd just like to flag up the popularity of Knoppix.
> Who really would have predicted two years ago that it would be common
> for people to hand out live CDs at public meetings, or engineers take
> along a Knoppix CD to rescue and diagnose sick systems (I do).
> At the UKUUG meeting there was a presentation from Sunderland University
> on preparing custom Knoppix CDs for their staff and students this year.
> Other places will be doing similar.
> I fully recognise this is a different scenario.

You are indeed correct. And what would the world be if there wasn't some
pie-in-the-sky dreaming. Knoppix is not that different a scenario but I
would like to bring up a useful point. Knoppix has to do very similar
things as stateless linux will need to do insofar as hardware detection
and configuration.

how many of us have popped in a knoppix to a new machine only to see it
fail spectacularly to figure out what we just inserted it in? I think
everyone has. HW detection has a long way to go, not to mention drivers.


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