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PCTechTalk: Klaus Knopper Interview

Jul 30, 2003, 04:00 (6 Talkback[s])

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"Developed by Klaus Knopper in Germany, it is safe to say that Debian-based Knoppix has raised the bar of standards to a new level, especially with its automatic hardware detection that puts many well established commercial Linux distributions to shame. Its hands-free booting, enormous selection of software, its on-the-fly decompression technique and the ability to install it on a hard disk have turned Knoppix into an indispensable tool. It can be used as a rescue disk, a tool to demonstrate Linux to those who haven't seen it or a tool to test a new computer before purchase. It can even be used as a full-blown Linux distribution for every-day tasks. I had the pleasure of interviewing Klaus Knopper personally yesterday and wanted to share his insight with everyone here.

"technobeast: OK lets proceed to Number 1. How would you describe Knoppix's target user?

"KK: There is one main target user, which is myself. I started Knoppix as a private project, to learn how bootable CDs work, and later to include my personal software for lectures and working remotely on different hardware. So, naturally, my priority is to include stuff that I use frequently.

"The target audience, concerning suggestions and proposals of technically interested people on mailing lists, would be people who need a portable and mostly self-configuring, read-only system, for just working (Desktop applications as well as server applications), rescue tasks or just playing around with GNU/Linux for the first time..."

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