Daniel Baumann has announced the initiative to create a Live Debian CD distribution
"Debian is the Universal Operating System: IMHO we should have an official live system for showing around and to officially represent the true, one and only Debian system."
There are already a number of live distributions based on Debian, most notably Knoppix, which have enjoyed success. According to Baumann however, most of these suffer from disadvantages:
- They mix different distributions (testing & unstable)
- Only support i386, they change package's behavior and/or appearance by stripping them down to save space
- They include unofficial packages
- They ship custom kernels with additional patches not part of Debian
- They are large and slow due to size and thus not suitable for rescue issues
- Not available in different flavors, e.g. CDs, DVDs, USB-stick and netboot images.
The project is still in the planning phase but Baumann expects three basic images: a base-system for rescue purposes, a desktop-system for demonstration purposes and a special "diagnose-system" for device functionality and detection purposes.
However, it is still much, much too early for a release date. The project homepage at live.debian.net will probably contain some more information in the following days, due to community interest.
Debian Live Distro Coming
"The true, one and only Debian system"
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