KNOPPIX is one of the first linux live CD’s I got in a magazine. So I guess that makes them the granddaddy of all linux live CD’s. Knoppix can be booted off of a CD, DVD or USB flash drives, and has a large collection of GNU/Linux software, good 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. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it (over 9GB on the DVD “Maxi” edition). Knoppix is a debian based distribution developed by Klaus Knopper.
The latest version of Knoppix (Version 7.4.1) was released today. You can download it here. When it comes to applications Klaus puts in everything but /dev/kitchen sink
Here are some screen shots from the latest version.
It ships with both iceweasel and chromium
When it comes to multimedia it also comes with Audacity 2.0.1, Kaffeine 1.2.2 and OpenShot 1.4.3
It also comes with gimp
and Libre Cad
I could go on and on and on… It’s in there… really… download it and give it a try. Knoppix has come a long way in the last 10 years.
Here is a glimpse of version 3.4 which was released back in 2004
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