All it took was a full night (not evening...NIGHT) to get Knoppix 3.3 fully installed on my system. But now it's here, and man am I happy...
For those who are planning to install knoppix on your laptop or desktop, perhaps you could post here to say what did or didn't work for you... As for me, after booting off the CD, I opend up a konsole, and su, and 'knx-hdinstall' was the script I ran which automated a huge portion of the process... I had to use fdisk in the middle of it to partition my disk ( I have a working win2k partition that I need to keep.) Read up on fdisk before you try this!!! Followed the rest of the instructions, and it dumped exactly what you see on the CD, onto my HD! Remarkable, truly remarkable.
It uses lilo to manage your mbr, so read up on that as well... also, check out this link for a little helpful advise.
It talks about getting lilo properly loaded into the mbr. Knoppix didn't load for me until I followed the instructions, modded my lilo.conf and /sbin/lilo -v to get it loaded in, then everything was fine and dandy like free candy.
For my Dell Inspiron 1100,, my lilo.conf looked like this: (obviously not riddled with chunky and verbose comments, so edit as necessary!)
boot=/dev/hdc # inspiron 1100 has the harddrive at hdc for some reason!
vga=773 # gives me access to the full screen during boot up and at console, / which is quite nice#
append = "hda=ide-scsi hdb=scsi hdc=scsi hdd=scsi hde=scsi hdf=scsi hdg=scsi hdh=scsi apm=power-off nomce" #left this one alone, except changed hda=scsi to hda=ide-scsi at the beginning of the line
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.22-xfs #nice kernel indeed!
append="root=/dev/hdc6 hda=ide-scsi" # got this idea from another site, listed below...
was a tremendous help in getting the vga setting correct, the append section, and a few other pointers.
Hope this helps someone out there. I'm going to use this linux laptop to showcase just how freakin' pretty you can make linux when it's tuned real nice. I'll get some screenshots up when I get to that point!