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About Knoppix

KNOPPIX is a Debian distribution, created by Linux consultant and enthusiast, Klaus Knooper.  It is a bootable CD or DVD with a collection of software, automatic hardware detection, and good support for many graphics cards, and peripherals.  Like any Live distribution there is no need for anything to be installed to a hard disk.  The distro can be used as a productive desktop, educational purposes, rescue system, or even for commercial software product demos. 

Although Knoppix is primarily designed to be used as a live CD, it can also be installed on a hard disk like a typical operating system.

There are two main editions of Knoppix: a CD edition and a DVD edition. Each of these editions have two language-specific editions: English and German.  There are more than 1,000 software packages included on the CD edition and over 2,600 included on the DVD edition.

The minimum system requirements are:
  • Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later),
  • 20 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),
  • bootable CD-ROM drive, or a boot floppy and standard CD-ROM (IDE/ATAPI or SCSI),
  • standard SVGA-compatible graphics card,
  • serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse.

KNOPPIX 5.1.1 Key Facts

Klaus Knopper
Distribution is available for download free of charge; 3rd party vendors sell CD and DVDs for nominal sums
5 January 2007
Installation Media:
Live CD, Live DVD
Architectures supported:
Package Management:
Official Website:

GNOME 2.14
KDE 3.5.5
XOrg 7.1
OpenOffice 2.1.0
Evolution 2.6.3
Gimp 2.2.11
Python 2.4.4
Apache 1.3.34
PostgreSQL 8.0.4
GNU Compiler Collection 4.1.1


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