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Knopper Knocks Knotheads
Posted by glanz on Thu 8 Feb 2007 at 15:48
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If proprietary software continues to dominate, within 10 years no one will be able to store any file and even view their own content without first paying a service provider to see it and the PC as we know it will be gone within 30 years.

Those were just two of the predictions made by German Linux consultant Klaus Knopper, creator of the Knoppix live CD computer operating system, at the three-day Open Source conference, LinuxAsia 2007, in New Delhi.

During his keynote address "The Next 100 Years", Knopper also predicted that: in 20 years, no company would invest in developing software; that the universal computer as we know it would have died within 30 years with that only very simplistic specialised devices remaining; and that in 50 years, people would not even how to use a computer.


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Re: Knopper Knocks Knotheads
Posted by dkg (216.254.xx.xx) on Fri 9 Feb 2007 at 16:49
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Provide a link, please! These are provocative comments; if you want to get more people to read them, point them directly to the source.

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Re: Knopper Knocks Knotheads
Posted by glanz (74.13.xx.xx) on Fri 9 Feb 2007 at 17:10
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Here is one of many sources... ll-pc-in-30-years-conference-told/1/read.php
You can Google* for the rest. I give you permission.

* gcide "The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48"
To search for Web pages containing a word or phrase, using
the Google web site (; as, I googled
"ontology" and found 351,000 references. [recent]

jargon "Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001)"
`'. Google is highly esteemed among hackers for its
significance ranking system, which is so uncannily effective that many
hackers consider it to have rendered other search engines effectively
irrelevant. The name `google' has additional flavor for hackers because
most know that it was copied from a mathematical term for ten to the
hundredth power, famously first uttered as `googol' by a mathematician's
nine-year-old nephew.

foldoc "The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)"
<World-Wide Web> The {World-Wide Web} {search engine} that
indexes the greatest number of web pages - over two billion by
December 2001 and provides a free service that searches this
index in less than a second.
The site's name is apparently derived from "{googol}", but
note the difference in spelling.
The "Google" spelling is also used in "The Hitchhikers Guide
to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams, in which one of Deep
Thought's designers asks, "And are you not," said Fook,
leaning anxiously foward, "a greater analyst than the
Googleplex Star Thinker in the Seventh Galaxy of Light and
Ingenuity which can calculate the trajectory of every single
dust particle throughout a five-week Dangrabad Beta sand
{Home (}.

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Re: Knopper Knocks Knotheads
Posted by dkg (216.254.xx.xx) on Fri 9 Feb 2007 at 17:41
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Yes, of course i can google for it. But unless i'm unusually motivated to do so, it's unlikely that i will, because i'm busy and filtering through even google's pared-down listings is more information overload than i can take sometimes. If you provide a direct link or two in your post, more people will be likely to click and read further. I know i would.

Your weblog posts here on are significantly more political than most folks'. I think that's great: we need to be addressing the political implications of our choices of tools. But you'd get your political points across better if you made it easy for people who are both interested and busy to follow up. Providing links is a simple and polite way to do that.

Thanks for the link!

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Re: Knopper Knocks Knotheads
Posted by glanz (74.13.xx.xx) on Fri 9 Feb 2007 at 18:41
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I was just being my usual smartass.... Excuse me for that...
You are correct in that I should have provided a link...

As far as a politics goes... I use Debian not just because it has more choices and more applications and utilities, but for political reasons also.

As long as governments retain their penchant for regulating everything to the benefit of vested financial interests, often extremely piggish and economically fascist, IT itself, the WWW in general, Debian, Free Software and freedom in general, will be subject to attacks by GREED, better known as the (excuse me Yanks) "American Business Community", a euphemism for monopolistic practices, unjust economic pressures on other countries, and economic imperialism.

And no, I am not a pinko, commie, hippified, fanatic. I just believe in not shutting up when authority tells me to, especially since, as a Canadian, I don't remember voting for an economic and regulatory leaders with corporate names.

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Re: Knopper Knocks Knotheads
Posted by dkg (216.254.xx.xx) on Fri 9 Feb 2007 at 19:07
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glanz said:
I use Debian not just because it has more choices and more applications and utilities, but for political reasons also.
I do, too. We can build better tools and treat each other more decently without the extremes of greed we're seeing from proprietary industry.

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Re: Knopper Knocks Knotheads
Posted by Anonymous (59.176.xx.xx) on Sun 11 Feb 2007 at 04:55
I was at his presentation in 2006 in Delhi. The local GNU/Linux group then sort of kidnapped him and Mark Shuttleworth for a more informal, chat about knoppix and ubuntu. (LUG-Delhi didn't participate officially this year, for political reasons).

Klaus's points during the presentation were meant to raise political awareness and be amusing and interesting at the same time. Definitely a rock star of the scene; a very likeable fellow too; and his agenda makes people think.

Besides that, I suspect lots of techies bless him regularly for knoppix, since it is such a dynamite rescue/install system.

Eg: Coincidently, a few days before meeting him in person, I had a laptop with no floppy drive, no cdrom drive, no usb boot, no ide connector for the drive (it was a 1.5" drive) - and no OS whatsoever on it. Firing up knoppix on another machine, followed by a few point and clicks allowed me to have the laptop pxe boot.

Well, I was impressed, particularly since I'd managed to retrieve most of my data from a failed drive on it earlier with it using a dd and some of the rescue tools.


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Re: Knopper Knocks Knotheads
Posted by glanz (216.209.xx.xx) on Sun 11 Feb 2007 at 12:10
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I know Klaus love to be provocative. We need folks like that, especially with such a high level of competence.

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Re: Knopper Knocks Knotheads
Posted by busfault (69.205.xx.xx) on Sat 17 Feb 2007 at 01:09
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Very interesting, thanks for pointing out this. It is good to see people are finally pointing out the err or peoples ways.
Note: Though you might want to make sure that you note that your post is a direct quote from the site you listed. Plagiarism and all that.

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