is a live CD distribution,
that originally used Knoppix as a base. As a live CD it automatically
detects and configures lots of hardware and has software for analysis, data
rescue, forensic work, removal of viruses on Windows systems, or it can be used for
surfing and mailing in an Internet cafe. Kanotix can also be installed to a
hard drive where it allows the user access to all the packages available in
the Debian unstable repository. The Kanotix fan base has remained loyal
because of the hardware support and because of the great community support
available to help smooth over the rough spots while following Debian
unstable, aka 'sid'.
Now it seems that Kanotix will be changing. One developer, Stefan
Lippers-Hollmann (slh) has left the project. Lead developer Jörg
Schirottke (Kano) writes:
Since financing Kanotix through donations has proved a failure and I am
planning restructuring to a more stable base (be it Ubuntu or Debian will
have to show in tests) and I myself regard Debian/Sid as unfortunately not
compliant with a more commercial orientation, he [Stefan Lippers-Hollmann]
has left the project.
Stefan Lippers-Hollmann posted his resignation to an internal section of
the forum, but it has been copied in its entirety (with permission) into
forum post by kelmo. Stefan writes:
I hereby I resign from all positions within in the Kanotix project because of
technical and personal disagreements about the status quo. Therefore I suggest
changing all passwords I might have had access to (including the webserver,
different login passwords, postnuke accounts etc.) and locking my account on
the forum. I've already withdrawn my key from kanotix-archive-keyring.
Why do I resign after two years of hard work for Kanotix?
As expected this isn't easy to answer and has evolved over time, but technical
and personal disagreements make this step inevitable and non revocable for me.
In particular I object about:
- almost one year without any form of suitable release:
- this is an eternity for an debian sid based distribution, clean upgrading
from the latest release to current -sid is no longer possible
- no significant technical progress in those >11 months from upper leading
personnel, planned milestones slipped, finished code improvements were
neither incorporated nor even tested
- seriously deteriorating inter project communications and working athmosphere
- unequal distribution of workload and/ or responsibilities
- a significant shift of agenda in ways I can- and will not endorse
Meanwhile, for those who still want to follow Debian sid, but need some help getting
through the rougher spots, a new distribution, sidux, is on the horizon. This sidux press release introduces a new
star in the Linux galaxy:
On 24th of November 2006 sidux was formed by a group of people who strive
to do the impossible: making Debian Sid (aka "Unstable") stable. The goal
is becoming the best Debian Sid based live distro with special focus on
clean and easy hard disk install. Strategic milestones and 3-4 planned
releases timetabled will give stability and accountability to corporate and
home users with a demand for bleeding edge software running on modern
hardware, and a definable path over time.
sidux has yet to see its first release, but the documentation is there
to upgrade an existing Kanotix system, or to install sidux on a free
partition. The forums and IRC channels are open and there's code available
in its SVN repository. This would seem to be a good time to get started,
while Debian sid is relatively stable.
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