OSNews: Interview with Klaus Knopper of Knoppix
Dec 07, 2002, 05:30 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexander Antoniades)
[ Thanks to Eugenia for this
"Without touching the hard drive, Knoppix can boot practically
any PC into Linux complete with multiple GUI environments, a ton of
applications, and utilities while grabbing an IP address from a
DHCP server. With some modern machines booting Knoppix can
sometimes be faster than booting from the installed OS.
"Yet itâ€™s the little things that Knoppix
does that make it stand out. It initializes PCMCIA network cards
before other network functions are initialized, unlike less
polished distributions such as Red Hat 8. Colored text highlights
exactly what hardware is being initialized during boot up in a high
resolution text screen. The software bundled with Knoppix includes
many defaults overlooked by many
â€œdesktopâ€ distributions including a
graphical samba browser, a large selection of games and a wide
array of other Linux goodies...
"The fact that this is the largely the work of one man is an
encouraging sign that Linuxâ€™s often chaotic
open-source approach may yet make an impact on the PC desktop. I
had a virtual chat with the man behind this phenomenon, Klaus
Knopper to see what Knoppix is all about..."