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Friday, July 22, 2005
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KNOPPIX is a bootable CD or DVD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals.

KNOPPIX can be used as a productive Linux desktop, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. The bonus and attractive factor is that, you could done all these without even install on the hard disk.

Basically, these are the features available on the download version of this Debian based ( CD or DVD:

  1. Linux-Kernel 2.6x
  2. KDE V3.x as the standard desktop with K Office and the Konqueror WWW-browser conqueror
  3. X Multimedia System 9 (xmms) an MPEG-video, MP3, Ogg Vorbis Audio player and xine.
  4. internet connection software kppp pppoeconf (DSL) and isdn-config
  5. Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) version 2.x
  6. utilities for date recovery and system repairs, even for other operating systems.
  7. network and security analysis tools for network administrators.
  8. OpenOffice, the GPL-developed version of the well-known StarOffice office suite
  9. many programming languages, development tools and libraries for developers.
  10. in total more than 900 installed software packages with over 2000 executable users programs, utilities, and games.

For the system requirements:

  1. Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later)
  2. 32 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office products)
  3. bootable CD-ROM drive, or a boot floppy and standard CD-ROM (IDE/ATAPI or SCSI)
  4. standard SVGA-compatible graphics card
  5. serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse

more details or FAQ, all have been assembled in the KNOPPIX-FAQ. There are some tips and tricks for the boot-command line listed in the KNOPPIX-Cheatcodes (especially for problematic hardware, expert mode, etc), though this is meant for advanced users. In the KNOPPIX-Forums at Knoppix-Net (mostly in English language). You also can get commercial support and help at ed-media’s Knoppix hotline

the latest news project about KNOPPIX is, the project has been split into a DVD “maxi” edition and “KNOPPIX light” on CD, both developed in parallel.

The 4.0 DVD edition will be available on some of the Knoppix-Mirrors, as soon as the 4.0 “Light” CD image is also ready.

Check the initial press release here for more details about contents and news in version 4.0 of KNOPPIX (german)

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