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
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
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
edition. Each of these editions have two language-specific editions:
English and German. There are more than 1,000 software
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
KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office
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
is available for download free of charge; 3rd party vendors sell CD and
DVDs for nominal sums