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Knoppix Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools
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100% of reviewers $22.00 9.3

Description: From the back of the book:
Knoppix is a portable Linux distribution with hundredsof indispensable programs and utilities - a veritable Swiss Army knife in CD form. This practical and flexible Linux Distribution runs "on the fly" from a single cd with no need to install anything to your hard drive. Knoppix's excellent hardware detection, selection of programs, and ease of use help explain why Knoppix is radically changing the face of Linux. Although Knoppix is the most popular live CD Linux and is downloaded by thousands of users each day, there are no books on the topic - until now. A weighty theoretical tome or a book for dummies won't do. The perfect Knoppix book, like Knoppix itself, must be as useful and clever as a Swiss Army knife. Clearly, Knoppix calls for an O'Reilly Hacks book.

Knoppix Hacks includes one hundred industrial-strength hacks for new Linux users, power users, and system administrators using - or considering using - the Knoppix Live CD. These tips and tools show you how to use the enormous amount of software on this CD to troubleshoot, repair, upgrade, disinfect, and get work done on any computer with a CD drive.

Here are just a few of the hundreds of clever uses for Knoppix:
- Test drive a Linux desktop without the need to install Linux
- Troubleshoot and repair Linux and Windows sytems
- Create a thin client network with just one CD
- Replace a web server or firewall in an emergency
- Perform a security audit on your entire network
- Virus scan a Windows computer from the safety of Linux
- Customize Knoppix for personal or business use

Knoppix Hacks provides ingenious fixes, clever customizations, and time- and resource-saving tips. If you want to become a Knoppix master, this invaluable book is a must have.
Keywords: O'Reilly Knoppix Install Security Remaster Live CD Live-CD Windows
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0-596-00787-6

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Old 12-07-2004, 05:10 PM   #1
Registered: Nov 2002
Distribution: Debian Testing
Posts: 19,192

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Pros: Very light in tone, very informative
Cons: More, please

Chapter List:
Chapter 1 - Book Knoppix
Chapter 2 - Use Your Knoppix Desktop
Chapter 3 - Tweak Your Desktop
Chapter 4 - Install Linux with Knoppix
Chapter 5 - Put Knoppix in Your Toolbox
Chapter 6 - Repair Linux
Chapter 7 - Rescue Windows
Chapter 8 - Knoppix Reloaded
Chapter 9 - Knoppix Remastered

9 fairly short chapters with a huge amount of info and tips to get you started with Knoppix and take you through it's life cycle.

This book has a foreword by Klaus Knopper, the creator of Knoppix - this foreword gives a short history of Knoppix. In fact, this is so far the only Linux book I have read that doesn't give a history of Linux - and for that I am grateful!

Chapter 1: Boot Knoppix (Hacks 1-9)
Each chapter is broken down into a group of "hacks" to enable you to complete a task. This first chapter introduces us to the cheatcodes under Knoppix and gives a few examples of how to apply them when booting

Chapter 2: Use Your Knoppix Desktop (Hacks 10-20)
This explains and lists just a small handful of the apps available when running the CD - showing us that it's possible to have a fully working desktop very quickly

Chapter 3: Tweak Your Desktop (Hacks 21-31)
This chapter leads us through creating a persistent desktop (saving your settings from one Knoppix boot to use on another), creating a Kiosk pc (very useful) and installing extra programs to your live install.

Chapter 4: Install Linux with Knoppix (Hacks 32 - 36)
This runs us through installing Knoppix to a pc - telling us how Knoppix can become Debian or even Gentoo

Chapter 5: Put Knoppix in Your Toolbox (Hacks 37 - 51)
This chapter explains how a sys admin can use Knoppix to remotely view desktops and servers, audit network security and even use it as a backup server.

Chapter 6: Repair Linux (Hacks 52 - 70)
As the title suggests, this chapter tells us how we can boot from the live cd to repair a damaged Linux install or bootloader

Chapter 7: Rescue Windows (Hacks 71 - 79)
I didn't know one could use Knoppix to recover and change Windows passwords, to make registry fixes, to help apply patches or to recover a non-working Windows install. But I do now.

Chapter 8: Knoppix Reloaded (Hacks 80 - 93)
This chapter explains just a small number of Knoppix-like live CDs, usually based off or using Knoppix. This includes security live CDs (like Knoppix-STD) and clustering live CDs (like ClusterKnoppix). It also describes the live MythTV CD, KnoppMyth.

Chapter 9: Knoppix Remastered
How to create your own live CD.

Knoppix is one of those deceptive distros: it appear very simple, but once you delve into it you discover that it's as powerful and as flexible as any other distro. This book can be read through cover to cover, or "dipped into" when you need a little help.

I enjoyed the learning experience this book provides - it may not be of use to someone who has used Knoppix in it's various incarnations and has used all of it's tools, but for the rest of us it may well become invaluable.
Old 07-12-2005, 12:01 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2004
Distribution: Debian Lenny, FreeBSD
Posts: 577

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Pros: Very Informative
Cons: Remastering section could have been more detailed.

I really enjoyed this book because the hacks came in very handy during some hectic times.

For instance on a few occasions I've had to use Knoppix to retrieve info from dying hard drives at other ppl's houses, having the book on hand with no internet saved the day.

Also many times I have used Knoppix to fix windows based computers (virii). This reason alone makes it worth the price for me.

I definitely consider this book and CD a must have for any Sys. admin.
Old 07-25-2005, 11:14 PM   #3
Registered: Jun 2005
Distribution: Freespire, Mepis 6.0, FC5, PCLinux, Knoppix, Damn Small Linux(DSL)
Posts: 25

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $22.00 | Rating: 10

Pros: CLI time, great command line stuff
Cons: examples soso not soho

Easy to understand great tricks. Must have for all LINUX & windows users. If you have a cable connection to the internet the cd that comes with the book (knoppix 3.4) will detect you internet connection at boot from the cd, most Live cd's will do this now days. If you need to repair hack a windows registry this book is also awesome.


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