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Old 03-26-2004, 08:04 AM   #1
jfchui
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Question Debian and Knoppix


Stupid question? But I am very new.

1) With Knoppix, we normally allow ourselves to try out Linux without the need to create a separate disk partition for it. With other distros such as Debian, we don't run Linux out of the CD. Aside from speed, can someone name a few other advantages (or benefits) to have all the files installedonto the hard disk and run it from there?

2) Since I had already got the Knoppix CD (& supposed to be the latest version), can it actually be used like other distro? In other words, is it possible to allocate a disk partition for it, install all its files and make it run like other standard Linux distro?

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Old 03-26-2004, 09:05 AM   #2
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1) Sure, you will have the possibility to add software and change global settings, among other things.

2) Knoppix comes with a script, I think it's called knx-hdinstall but I'm not sure - perhaps it's only hdinstall, which allows you to install it to your harddrive. You can then update the installation using Debian's package management tools, like apt-get and dselect.


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Old 03-26-2004, 10:39 AM   #3
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I am newbie to the debian scene. I use Mandrake 9.2 for about 4 months now, but decided to try debian. It seems to be the distro for linux experts brag about and I heard wonders about .deb packages.

After some trials and tribulations I finally got debian woody r2 to installed. I was totally disapointted when I boot up in a console shell. I gave up! Configuring a working OS with gui front end from the ground up wasn't my idea of fun.

A couple of days ago I decided to install Gnoppix on my hard drive after following instructions from <a href="http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=5">forum</a>. I am very happy with it. All my hardware works such as audio and cable modem.

With knoppix, I managed to get a configured debian system up and running in about 30 minutes. I think the biggest different between knoppix and debian is that knoppix is a configured version of debian. That's good enough for me until I learn more about linux

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Old 03-26-2004, 08:10 PM   #4
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ykhov, welcome to LinuxQuestions!

I wouldn't say Knoppix is a "configured version of Debian". Remember, Debian is supposed to be the all-purpose operating system, so what *you* want to do with Debian might be totally different from what someone running a cluster of rendering machines wants to do. Of course, you are right in the sense that Knoppix is configured pretty well for a desktop user, but I just wanted to highlight the fact that Debian isn't tailored to be your average desktop. It installs what everyone is likely to need, then you'll have to take it from there by yourself, or using the tools available.


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