PCTechTalk: Klaus Knopper Interview
Jul 30, 2003, 04:00 (6 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to wizzard3 for this link.
"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