Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Nov. 12 2003,18:08
OK guys, I will speak up. I won't post this in site news beacuse this is not official until John releases it. But since this thread is "What's in the works" I feel free to post info on parts that I have worked on and completed.
This is primarily for LiveCD users. No hard drive needed! But you will need a usb pendrive or a floppy to use these new features.
I have been watching the board and trying to give us LiveCD users some of the benefits of the hard drive users. To that end:
1. A local .xinitrc file
This will allow the user to control what X programs to startup. Like the popular "enhance"
2. Save/Restore user settings menu option
The user can control what file/directories to backup/restore. So now your modem settings, X window settings, X startup programs all can be saved.
3. Boot time "restore" option
Once you have your system the way you like it. Save it then:
Boot from LiveCD "hands free" by-passing the usual X window questions right into your enhanced desktop and starting your favorite programs!
At the boot prompt type knoppix restore
4. "Smart" Firebird Icon
This will allow someone who only has a floppy to save/restore the .phoenix and .xtdesktop after the usual download of Firebird.
Then upon boot time "restore", be able to click the Firebird Icon and the icon has the "smarts" to either download it if needed or run it if it is already downloaded.
5. the mount.app program now recognizes the usbdrive. One click to mount the pen drive.
6. Firebird now runs as user damnsmall, which means no more permission problems when downloading files.
Of course the benefits to the LiveCD users will also apply to those who hard drive install too. They may not use the save/restore, as they don't really need it. But now an easy and more "standard" way to startup X programs via the .xinitrc
Plus more in the works.