Beta 78D is ready.
One of the tests that a Knoppix-based live cd linux must, or should pass, is the "testcd" on bootup.
Rapidweather Remaster of Knoppix Linux passes that test, with no exceptions.
Even isolinux.bin passes, and this means that the Beta 78D cd will boot on machines with the 451PG bios, very common on older computers.
Also, there is a distinctive order to the files reviewed by "testcd", and Beta 78D does this correctly also.
One tip-off that there would be a problem is if two files are reviewed by "testcd" before the big KNOPPIX file is reviewed.
That is not correct, and there should be several files reviewed,
among them the "isolinux.bin" file, then the KNOPPIX file is reviewed, then about 3 more before "testcd" declares the cd is OK.
Then, the computer continues to boot, and in a short while, the desktop appears and the bootup process is done.
"testcd" needs to be done only once, as it does use a lot of memory, so after the test is completed, reboot the machine.
The Knoppix Hacks cd, by Kyle Rankin flunks the isolinux.bin file and the background.jpg file. In that case, neither of these errors really affects the boot-everywhere quality of the Knoppix Hacks cd.
I have suspected that some remasters of that Knoppix Hacks cd may have had booting problems, using isolinux.
Isolinux runs before the logo.16 initial splash screen, with the boot prompt, on isolinux-based knoppix cd's.
On another subject, the "master-copy" software in Beta 78D is still experimental, but is included in the cd anyway.
The "Automated Remaster" software does work well, to prepare an iso based on a good master-copy. I have used it to build Beta 78D.
Tests will be performed to see what needs to be done to the experimental "master copy" script, so it will create a reliable master-copy of the cd on any computer, for remastering purposes.
"master copy" does work, but the cd that is produced after running "Automated Remaster" on that master-copy has at least one error when "testcd" is run on it upon bootup, that exception being the all-important "isolinux.bin".
All of the Beta 77 builds were made to test all this, and were not shipping builds. Prior to the introduction of the Beta 78D build, the last shipping build was Beta 76D. That one passes "testcd", and is a very good build. The only real changes were the updated Mozilla Firefox 1.5, and additional wallpapers for the Fluxbox window manager, each one instantly available via the unique "tear-off" Fluxbox menu. Lots of fun to cycle through all of them as fast as you can click on them in the menu. The KDE window manager takes a similar approach to Windows XP in changing the desktop background, both taking some time to install each wallpaper. Fluxbox is the speed-champ here.