me, thinking out loud…

Not so Floppix…

***Disambiguation: The original Floppix [Linux on 2 Floppies] is here.

I, post this from a remastered version of Knoppix that we named Floppix!

It all actually began, with me deciding to do a bit of Emacs-ing at home during the winter hols but I don’t have a Linux box at home. Live-CD is the way to go! But then Emacs doesn’t *usually* go with Live-CDs. So I decided to get around making my own. :) [Dunnet, an Adventure game in Emacs, played a crucial role in motivating me to go ahead!] The rest as they say is history….

Actually, I tried a debootstrap from my Debian etch but I couldn’t manage to get the initrd working. [I ain’t this geekish, its only that I am incapable of putting these terms in a simpler language.] After numerous futile attempt, I gave up for the time being and that’s when the genius of Voodoo came in, he took a different route. Remastering Knoppix.[Modifying an existing Live-CD of Knoppix]

I won’t get into the exact details of how we got about it. There’s a lot of online help available for that.

A few highlights, for the curious reader…

  • got rid of the default KDE and replaced it with Fluxbox. [actually Floppix = Fluxbox + Knoppix :P]
  • added emacs, cmucl, slime, octave, linuxdcpp, vlc and others.
  • got rid of other packages which we weren’t going to use.
  • changed the boot message
  • changed the default background image.
  • removed the default boot image [ couldn’t change it as the image we chose wasn’t being properly converted to lss16 format ]
  • tested the CD with Qemu [size of the iso got more than 700MB]
  • removed a few other not so regularly used packages [including wine!]
  • burnt the CD
  • Logged in!

Now, that I’ve logged in, I realize we managed to quite a decent job. Obviously we weren’t perfect. It was the first time and done in quite a hurry. [btw, we have our end-sems going on; I’ve no exam tomorrow though] I was able to listen to music, connect to the DC, play a game of dunnet and make a blogpost! We also missed a few packages, for instance a screen shot capture program! But it ain’t too bad, still a long way to go though!

Just hoping we manage to make it better, as we get better at it! ;)

Here comes FloppixV0.1!


Update [3/1/08]: I never knew that GIMP could capture screenshots! ImageMagick can do that too. I had two programs at hand and thought I had none! Here’s a Screenshot of the Floppix Desktop.
Floppix Desktop
Picture Source [for the Background Image] : 9


Update 2 [4/1/08]: There is already a floppy distro of Linux called Floppix. I knew about this only when some one searching for it reached my blog. Guess I should do something about this. [I’ll be able to do it only after getting back to campus,though]

Comments on: "Not so Floppix…" (9)

  1. i wanna copy!

  2. you’d sure learn a lot in doing that!
    btw, happy xmas and happy new year!

  3. Well, I am on the verge of using WP for blogging and here I come from your other blog to see how it looks like. :P
    I guess I can also learn a few things here.

    Wish you a very Happy New Year.

  4. wow! snowfall!

  5. whew ….
    and you say you’re not a nerd :D
    Happy New year nerd ! and I’me back hopefully for a while longer this time …

  6. punchagan said:

    to do what we’ve done.. or such..
    all you need is a box with linux on it and knowledge of using google

    being a nerd isn’t absolutely essential. take my word for it.

  7. punchagan said:

    There is already a floppy distro of Linux called Floppix. I knew about this only when some one searching for it reached my blog. Guess I should do something about this. [I’ll be able to do it only after getting back to campus,though]

  8. hey! not me.. i jus pikd a pic..

  9. Can you explain me in telugu :P ? Where can I get floppix btw ?

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