We could also have a distribution bake off if we wanted as well. We did
this before and it worked really well. If we have a BSD head in the crowd,
they could demo [Open|Free|Net]BSD as well.
I think as a follow-up to this, we could have a separate meeting that would
be entirely focused on securing BAD/linux. I think it would be disingenuous
to not only the students of WPI, but also tech guys in WPI to let a bunch of
people loose on the network with easily rootable machines.
That's my 0.018441 Euros.
From: Matt Higgins [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 9:49 AM
Subject: RE: [Wlug] Re: Next Meeting?
My 2 cents or less if you will.
I think Knoppix is the way to go! The point is to showoff Linux-wares not to
teach about a particular distributions configuration mechanism or file
layout. Knoppix is clean and impressive in many ways and does a great job at
showing off what Linux can do. Furthermore we are to the point were a Linux
install is no more difficult then a Windows install, particularly the
distributions; Red Hat, SuSe, Mandrake, Yellow Dog, etc...
So thats my 2 cents or less, long live Slackware!
Quoting Steve Freitag <Steve.Freitag(a)alum.wpi.edu>:
I've recently spent a small amount of time playing around with
8.2 Live Eval, and Knoppix 7-26-03, so I thought I'd pass along
Both default you into KDE and have a similar selection of apps (Like
OpenOffice, Mozilla, the GIMP etc). Knoppix happens to be based of
There were a couple of things I liked about Knoppix. The first is that
don't have to go through all the YaST screens when you boot,
boots right up to KDE and logs you on as user knoppix. The other neat
about Knoppix is that you can save your configuration and home
the size you specify on a USB flash drive. With SuSE if you want to
your configuration/home dir it creates a 100MB file on your hard drive
another 100MB for swap if you want). With Knoppix you can carry a
($10 after rebate) 64MB USB flash drive around with you and a Knoppix CD
boot a PC into your personal environment without touching the hard
From: wlug-admin(a)mail.wlug.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
Of Stephen C. Daukas
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 4:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Wlug] Re: Next Meeting?
Is introducing yet-another-flavor-of-linux useful? I understand what you
are trying to achieve, but one of the first questions that came to my mind
was "what is the difference between Knoppix and a regular Linux distro"?
(The first was actually "what the hell is Knopix"!) Will it be confusing
the people looking at is verusus what they see when they look at
Andy Stewart wrote:
On Monday 01 September 2003 4:52 pm, albutler33(a)netscape.net wrote:
I think a great topic especially for the new students would be "Fast Track
to Linux" where you introduce the GNOME and KDE desktops and a few of your
favorite tools and utilities.
My most current thoughts are centered on Linux, its origins, the GPL,
WLUG/WPILA, and then segue into single CD demo distributions for folks who
want to "kick the tires", as it were, without fully
committing their hard
drives to Linux.
One such single CD demo distribution is Knoppix, which does have KDE (and
GNOME?). Once Knoppix is running, many things could be demonstrated. If
go with this idea, I'd want to have copies of the Knoppix CD
people to take home, and hopefully they would try it at their
How does that sound? Do people have additional ideas? Let's hear them!
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