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[linrad] Knoppix 3.8.1 CD with svgalib-1.9.21 and linrad-01.33
Sufferring from linux withdrawal after getting Debian to run on 3 machines
here I decided to make a Knoppix CD with svgalib-1.9.21 and linrad-01.33
on it, configured so that [if all is well] linrad would come up running
before one even got to the Knoppix attempt to start XWindows [which you
can prevent by typing 'knoppix 2' at the boot prompt].
I did this because I have been impressed that Knoppix 3.8.1 [with the
2.6.22 core] has the best hardware detection algorithms of any of the
distros short of Fedora that I've tried, and because there seems to be
this aversion to Fedora hanging in the air.
I had tried Morphix, but its hardware detection was NOT even close to
Knoppix, and by virtue of its small size it just didn't cut it, as if it
didn't work 'out of the box', the tools I wanted to fix it weren't in the
package. So if the network was being balky about starting, one was SOL.
I added a bit of things I wanted to the standard Knoppix distro [Opera,
svgalib-1.9.21 and linrad-01.33 and a few other things], and removed
OpenOffice so that it would all fit on a CD; the KNOPPIX.iso file is
682.302 MB. I have tried it on 5 computers and XWindows video works on
all of them. By changing /libvga.config to use the VESA driver, svgalib
video works on all of them.
The computers range from an old 900MHz P3 and an old AMD P1800 [both of
which have bioses pre2001; 2000 and 1997, respectively] to a newer but
still not new 1G P3 to an old AMD 2100 thereabouts, to a Dell 1.8 GHz P4.
The video hardware ranges from old Radeon to newest Radeon to old onboard
to newer onboard. The sound is either onboard or Creative Labs [only one
card or onboard unit in each machine]. I am not more specific about all
of this hardware as its been a long time since I assembled these
specimens, I didn't take any of the computers apart today to check, and
they are mostly not mine, but belong to each of one of us 5 in the nuclear
family here, and I shoehorned my experiments in on less than enthusiastic
participants, so my data collection time was sparse.
I got XWindows sound out of 3 of the 5. One of the other two hasn't had
any sound for a long time, and the other may have had sound available, but
it didn't have speakers attached and I didn't have time to attach them ;)
With 4 of the 5 machines linrad worked in some fashion, but it was perfect
with sound in only 1. In two others I got the appropriate waveforms on
the screen in all display windows, but nothing out of the speakers. In
one other I didn't have time to get any sound to display; I think I ran
thru all of the "U" configuration possibilities with no sucess. The 5 one
was an XP P4 with USB mouse and not surprisingly that locked up. I didn't
have time to play with it AT ALL as my son was in the midst of wargames.
Time spent on each machine with the CD was less than 15 minutes, probably
closer to 5 minutes in some cases.
I would be interested in some people trying the CD to see how it works for
them. I would also be interested in having it critiqued my some of the
Linux gurus on the list to see how it can be improved. I DO NOT think we
should try to pare it down in size, except to get rid of the unnecessary
configuration files, etc. that are probably on it.
I removed the XF86Config files as that is essential Knoppix is going to go
thru its hardware detection routines, but I don't know if there are other
similar files for audio or other subsystems that I should have also
removed, but didn't.
A brief note of what I did is at
I haven't formatted it and put it on a webpage yet, so it will be easier
to read if you download it into a wordprocessor where you can set some
I didn't make it up to Hilltop to try this on the real Linrad systems yet.
I did use Linrad some on the microwaves this weekend and was again most
impressed by the utility of being able to see +/- 45 KHz on the higher
Let me know if you are interested in the KNOPPIX.iso file, and if you have
any ideas about how/where it could be made available on the web. I can
upload it anywhere, but it will take 682.3 MB of space once it arrives,
and comcast doesn't give me that much ;)
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