Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 03-24-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Mar 2009
Location: London, UK
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
knoppix 6 install

Was wondering if anyone could help.

I've installed Knoppix 6 on a dual boot with Win 2K, but am struggling
to find the following information:

- This was installed without passwords. How would I find out any existing default passwords and new ones from the terminal. Do I need one for 'root' and '/' and how is this done?

- Is there a default firewall installed and what about antivirus?

- The graphics are ok, but is there any way I can make improvements on an old (1999) toshiba laptop?

- How would I set up a printer?

Many Thanks for any help...
Old 03-24-2009, 08:54 AM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Somewhere inside 9.9 million sq. km. Canada
Distribution: Slackware 14.1, 14.2
Posts: 5,163

Rep: Reputation: 521Reputation: 521Reputation: 521Reputation: 521Reputation: 521Reputation: 521
Lots of questions, I have not used V6, but am familiar with Knoppix.

Passwords, as I remember there are none on a HD install. For root, I think you can 'su' and press enter for the password. It is a live distro, and therefore is not secured.

Firewall, never seen one when I've run it, at least not by default.

Antivirus - you don't need one, unless you want to scrub a windoze partition. I think clamav is included for that purpose.

Graphics. This one is a little harder to answer, It would help if you posted the hardware you are using. I see it is a Toshiba lappy, what model? and post the results of 'lspci' ( without the quotes ).

That should list the card type you have.

Printer. Cups is included. Open a browser, in the url bar type http://localhost:631 This will connect you to cups. If it does not respond, there are menues at the bottom to start cups.
In cups you can add a printer. You need to find out what driver supports your printer. Find that at There is a data base of supported printers and the drivers there.

Hope this helps...
Old 03-24-2009, 05:10 PM   #3
Registered: Mar 2009
Distribution: Fedora, Slackware
Posts: 104

Rep: Reputation: 21
The previous posting is correct: root account on Knoppix has no password (at least not by default). Just add an entry password when asked. 'su' will not even ask for a root password.

Linux Archive

Last edited by JaksoDebr; 04-02-2009 at 05:10 AM.
Old 03-24-2009, 05:52 PM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: Mar 2009
Location: London, UK
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
knoppix 6 install

Yeah, the whole passwords thing on this is quite strange. The system boots up as root@microknoppix:/#, so I'm wondering what's the precise syntax in the terminal to change this as there are no password prompts.

I read somewhere that there are 3 types of install: debian, knoppix and beginner default. I'm guessing mine is either knoppix or beginner default, so if it's knoppix (a copy of the live cd), apparently I'm not allowed multiple users...!!

To answer the above it's a Toshiba 1670 CDS. Re graphics, lspci says:

knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)

00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)

00:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1420 PC card Cardbus Controller

00:04.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1420 PC card Cardbus Controller

00:07.0 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)

00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)

00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)

00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03)

00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: Cirrus Logic Crystal CS4281 PCI Audio (rev 01)

00:10.0 Communication controller: Rockwell International HSF 56k Data/Fax Modem (rev 01)

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage LT Pro AGP-133 (rev dc)

06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)

At the same time whilst this system is really great fun, I'm wondering if it was the best to install on my HD. I've only got 160MB RAM so not much to play with, although it did install a 1GB swap partition. Did try DSL, but that wasn't the best either.

Security's an important issue though...


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can't install Win XP but Kubuntu & Knoppix install OK Eric Elliott Linux - Newbie 1 06-11-2008 10:13 PM
i got knoppix on cd and it rocks when booted! wut can i do to install knoppix on HD? kublador Linux - Distributions 4 12-12-2005 04:08 PM
knoppix liveCD install works great, HD install not so good stephanie_k Linux - Newbie 3 05-10-2004 09:41 AM
How does one remove the custom KNOPPIX graphics from a KNOPPIX HD Install? apache363 Linux - Distributions 2 03-29-2004 05:08 AM
Cannot install gnome-utils....Knoppix 3.2 HD install quo_vadis Debian 3 11-10-2003 07:44 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:34 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration