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Knoppix 3.2
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Description: Knoppix is a live-iso based off Debian. Put it in your CD-ROM and boot from it and it will auto-detect almost everything. It is great for demenstration purposes for when someone asks what linux is and is very easy to start. Knoppix is also great as a recovery CD since it modifies its fstab when you boot from it so you can see Linux and Windows partition.
Keywords: Quick, reliable, smart, easy, demonstration


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Old 06-09-2003, 11:29 PM   #1
darin3200
 
Registered: Dec 2002
Distribution: Gentoo!
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Pros: Easy, great for demonstartions, good for backup, good hardware recognition
Cons: Takes a while to load itself and programs



Knoppix has great hardware recognition, lets you see your entire computer and partions at once, and help in recurting newbies by demonstartions. Needless to say it takes a bit longer to load programs, expecially OpenOffice. Knoppix is also very versitile. I booted with to it with a floppy on a 90mhz computer with 48mb ram and no harddrive. I couldn't get KDE because lack of memory but I was able to download Seti@home and when I saved Knoppix saved into memory. I was able to use Knoppix to run Seti@home on an old computer with no harddrive. This is a live-iso every linux user should have a copy of.
 
Old 06-10-2003, 05:41 AM   #2
Jane Delawney
 
Registered: Dec 2002
Distribution: Mandy 9.1, Knoppix :)
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Pros: easy, intuitive and very, very useful.
Cons: security?


PC Utilities magazine in the UK presented Knoppix as a cover-disk back in May, 3 cheers to them from all dial-up users!
This is a great product. It can be used as a demo disk, for rescue purposes, and to test out a machine for linux compatibility. It autodetects practically everything and gives access to both Linux and Windows partitions. You can also open a root console to troubleshoot an existing LInux system - though this does mean one should be careful who you let near your computer with a Knoppix CD :)
And it can be installed to your hdd if you want, giving you a Debian-based system without Debian's newb-unfriendly installation process.
 
Old 06-12-2003, 07:34 PM   #3
Jane Delawney
 
Registered: Dec 2002
Distribution: Mandy 9.1, Knoppix :)
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Just wanted to let y'all know that I used my handy Knoppix disk to check out a laptop I'm thinking of buying - needless to say at a 'real' computer vendor not at PC World or thereabouts, I mentioned elsewhere how a PC World salesbot just *ran away* when I mentioned Linux..
Anyway, kudos to the guys at Evesham Micros, they let me run Knoppix on one of their demo machines, to verify Linux compatibility. And they got a sale out of it! They have a really beautiful Centrino-based laptop small and light as one of the latest Sonys but about 500 quid cheaper, and by allowing me to test it out with Knoppix they sold me one, so both they and I gained from the experience.
No, the wi-fi doesn't work out of the box, but I expected that, and it has/does everything else I could possibly want.
(tho' I'm not sure they'd have appreciated it if I'd told them that Knoppix automounted the Win XP Pro hda1 and I could have done what I wanted with it if I'd been so inclined, including deleting the OS...this distro is just *that* good. Luckily even the guy who ok'd my experiment didn't realise. Not that I'd do anything like that of course :P )
Knoppix really does *rock* as a troubleshooting and demo product. I'm even tempted to dual boot my brand new laptop (when I get it) with Knoppix - given that it's Debian based and has APT - instead of dear old Mandy. We shall see.

cheers

jd

 
Old 06-13-2003, 12:07 AM   #4
ghostwalker
 
Registered: Jun 2003
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Pros: simple, elegant, fast
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This is an excellent way to get introduced to Linux and most importantly Debian. It is the easiest way to get a Debian SID system up and running, fast. Along with the tools provided http://jetblackz.freeservers.com/ and the vast repository of applications through apt-get -- "apt-get update", "apt-get dist-upgrade" -- you can have a system with the latest applications and security fixes.
 
Old 06-16-2003, 09:20 AM   #5
kvbx
 
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Old 07-25-2003, 04:11 PM   #6
ferreter
 
Registered: Oct 2002
Distribution: Debian/Gentoo/Slack
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Pros: Easy Debian Installer, Hardware recog., Beautiful KDE setup
Cons: duplicate software (like multiple word-processors, etc)


I've been using the knoppix CDs since it was first released as a CD for accessing systems of which I forgot the passwords for. I have to say that the KDE desktop is beautifully done and many usefull applications are installed by default. They are kind of light on the security software but thats ok because you can always remaster a CD to be just the way you want it. If you want english support and forums for the product go to www.knoppix.net.

This CD makes a good gift for the inquisitive mind which is willing to tinker with the idea of a non-MS OS. I've given out more than 20 of them to friends and co-workers and will definately hand out more. Give it a shot if not just for the ability to install Debian quickly and easily on your system.
 
Old 07-29-2003, 02:33 PM   #7
jovo
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Distribution: SuSe 8.1
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Pros: Vielen dank Herr Knopp!
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I think the Linux-community must be very grateful to the maker of Knoppix. It is a splendid introduction to Linux for those who want to try it without any danger!

 
Old 08-12-2003, 03:35 AM   #8
maroonbaboon
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: debian
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Pros: Hardware detection, live CD, it's Debian
Cons: Supplied desktop image


I've done lots of linux installations, starting with a boot floppy and a root floppy c1993. Nothing ever seems entirely straightforward, which of course makes things even more fun when you finally succeed. Often the install process asks you some dam' fool questions that you could probably answer if only (a) you had bothered to read the documentation and (b) someone wasn't tying up your computer installing some stupid nerdy OS. You generally also get a number of opportunities to lose everything on your disk. Even more fun.

But knoppix is more like booting a Gamecube. Hint: read the cheat codes on www.knoppix.net to increase your chances of being in a winning position at the start. Even with a recently released all-in-one motherboard, all hardware got correctly identified and configured.

A brilliant packaging of Debian linux, you can transfer it to your hard disk for a permanent installation.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 12:20 AM   #9
wartstew
 
Registered: Apr 2002
Distribution: Slackware, Ubuntu, Debian, Maemo
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Pros: Great HW detection, Nicely preconfigured, packed full of Apps, Fast HD install
Cons: No choices when doing hardrive install, will only clone entire system


Where as most people just use Knoppix as a live bootable CD. I liked it so much I've installed it on the hard drives of three systems. If you are looking for a desktop Linux distro packed full of a lot of nice apps, Knoppix is a good way to go.

First lets consider the install procedure: First you boot on the CDROM. This tests whether or not the thing is very compatible with your hardwar, as well as testing if you actually like the thing before committing any disk space to it.

If you like what you see, then simply run the cloning script and in just a few short minutes, you'll have about 2.4 Gigs of a combination of very recent Debian "unstable" & "testing" distributions all nicely preconfigured and working. Not a bad way to get an OS installed.

On the downside, You *do* get a clone of the CDROM system with a few changes that are appropiate when going from a "live CD" to a hard drive.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 01:12 AM   #10
jon_k
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Distribution: Mepis Linux 2004
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Pros: Flawless hardware detection , apt-get, stability, wise selection of pre-installed software, automatically detects NTFS drives and if found adds the NTFS read only module
Cons: KDE menu unorganized, when you log on a user for the first time it's in japanese, apache doesn't work out of the box without manual configuration


Knoppix is the CD based distribution we all know about.

Little do many people know, Knoppix was built off of Debian and it supports an installation on to HD (so you can install and do everything a debian user can do!)

I like Knoppix 3.2 a lot. It's nice and it detects every peice of hardware flawlessly 92% of the time. It comes with a very good software selection.

You can do a hard-drive install i was talking about by typeing knx-hdinstall (hit alt - f2 - dont run it off a virtual terminal or it'll be slow!!) and it'll walk you through the process. Hardest part for a newbie could be picking a drive and partitioning it... but 100% less confusing than debians (woody's) installer (in which you have to configure everything by hand...)

The software isn't butchered... like redhat's and suse's is (might i say KDE/GNOME hacked to peices?)

Very stable distribution, I've never crashed (can't say that about redhat/mandrake)

I had two problems, the first was the sound card setup -- I have a SB live! and an onboard, and it got confused on which one until I turned onboard sound off in the BIOS.

The second problem was it defaults to japanese if you start the CD with no boot: perameters -- you have to put knoppix lang=us at boot.

And whenever you add a new user (or the first time you log on a user) KDE loads up with a default language of japanese. Fortunately the first screen that pops up is a language selection screen (but each language listed is the language pronounced in japanese -- so you gotta go through each menu looking at the "flags" of each language... until you find your languages flag) then you hit next, it pauses then switches to your language

That isn't all though... once the desktops loaded the keyboard layout is in japanese by default (I found this out because my root pass has characters like + ! # $ and each time I typed su and my pass it'd be invalid... thinking when I set my install up I typed the wrong root pass i reinstalled knoppix again, and again, and again...)

I decided its not that... come to find out... its a japanese keyboard layout by default.... you can get it to english like this:

after the desktop loads by the clock applet you'll see a japanese flag with JN or JP or something, click it (or right click) and find us (or en) and it should be fixed.

Other than these annoyances it's better than Mandrake, Redhat & SuSe.

The power of debian without the trouble of setting up the hardware and such.

(hey... hell it even puts NTFS module in if it detects a win partition -- nice!!)

I give it an excellent rating a++++++++++
 
Old 10-15-2003, 09:06 AM   #11
dmedici
 
Registered: Aug 2003
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Pros: GREAT for first timers. VERY EASY TO USE!
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I am actually reviewing Knoppix 3.3 although I am using 3.2 as well.

Got my copy for .99 cents plus shipping from epenguin, a dealer on EBAY as I am not familiar yet with burning to the CD from the source site. He sent me versions 3.2 and 3.3. Each on a separate CD.

Copy works great. It does EXACTLY what a newbie like me is looking for -

- is packaged on one simple CD.
- runs immediately when put in machine.
- lets me learn Linux easily without fear of damaging my hard drive.

I would strongly recommend this product for anyone who wants to get into Linux quickly. Just make sure your machine meets the requirements for Knoppix and also, you may have to adjust your BIOS settings to boot from a CD. Fortunately for me, I didn't even have to do that. I just put the cd in and away I went. It's great to finally be using Linux after over a year of banging my head against the wall trying to get distro after distro to load.

As I only recently started using this, there's not much else to review at the moment, other than I am unable to see video online, and if I'm correct, it is because Knoppix has to be installed to the hard drive along with mplayer.

Overall, I'd give Knoppix five stars.

 
Old 10-23-2003, 01:45 PM   #12
 
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Pros: It can be installed on the hard drive
Cons: kde is the only gui it comes with


This is a great product for anyone interested in linux but not willing to go through the hassle of installing linux. Hardware is automatically detected. The cd is bundled with a lot of programs and games. I love KNOPPIX so much, i installed it on my hard drive and installed fvwm95 so i didnt have to use kde.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 11:32 PM   #13
bongski55
 
Registered: May 2003
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I just want to add my experience with a hard disk install of knoppix.

I have not heard of any linux distro that you can install to your hard drive and AT THE SAME TIME during install browse the internet! ONLY Knoppix can do that.
 
Old 03-15-2004, 11:24 PM   #14
 
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Pros: Portable, Usable, Neat
Cons: -


I use a special version of Knoppix called Knoppix STD from www.knoppix-std.org . It is the shiznit. It comes packed to the brim with security/auditing tools. The STD stands for Security Tools Distribution. So if you want a portable way to inspect your own security or you just want to crack the WEP encryption on your neighbors wireless LAN Knoppix STD is for you.
 
Old 05-06-2004, 11:18 PM   #15
LavaDevil94
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Distribution: Gentoo 2004.2: Who needs exmmpkg when you have emerge?
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Pros: Good, full-featured demonstrator
Cons: A bit slow, a RAM hog


Pretty full-featured with OpenOffice and KDE and friends. I loaded it on a 233Mhz cpu with 32MB of ram, and KDE took 5+ mins. to load. Performance demonstrations aren't good on this one. Other then that, fantastic.
 
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