another distribution of Linux is making waves. This
one promises ease of use and simplified installationin
fact it runs straight off a CD-ROM. Knoppix is a 'Debian'
strain of Linux with Kernel 2.4.x . The Knoppix website
(www.knoppix.org) describes it as: A bootable CD with
a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware
detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound
cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals.
Because of these characteristics Knoppix can be used
as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue systemor
adapted and used as a platform for commercial software
It is not necessary to install anything on the hard
disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have
up to 2 GB
of executable software installed on it.
Some regard Knoppix as a plug and play system. All you
need to do is slip in the Knoppix CD, change the boot
sequence in the BIOS (to boot from CD) and then restart
the PC. The Knoppix system comes up in about two minutes,
configures itself, sets up all programs and is ready
to use. If that's difficult to believe download it from
the Knoppix website, burn a CD and try it yourself.
Harsh Kumar, Advisor-IT, HPCL