Knoppix“KNOPPIX is a bootable Live system on CD or DVD, consisting of a representative collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a productive Linux system for the desktop, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos.”

Origin – Home Page: Germany – Knoppix

Desktop: KDE, with compiz-fusion as 3D window manager.

Price: Free to use and distribute. Open Source

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Comments: Knoppix is a LiveDVD distro that like most Linux Live media distributions offers the option to install to hard disk. Whereas other Linux/BSD live environments have an icon on the desktop that you use to initiate the installation process, with Knoppix, however, you have to use the CLI (Command LIne) command – knoppix-installer.

The Knoppix installer is not LVM aware, but seasoned Linux users can configure LVM if they choose to. The user-land LVM utilitites are installed. Knoppix installs lots of applications, probably more than most users will ever need to use. A wide variety of Internet, multimedia, office, security, networking, and remote management applications are installed. To boot, Scribus, the Open Source desktop publishing application is installed.

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This distro has an integrated firewall application.

Download/Buy: The latest stable version is Knoppix-5.3, and you may get it from any number of download mirrors. You may also choose to buy a CD/DVD from select vendors.

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