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developerWorks: Knoppix Gives Bootable, One-Disk Linux

Feb 07, 2003, 22:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)

"Computers should work for humans, but too often the relationship has been upside down. Technologies such as Knoppix and Live Eval, though, illustrate a way in which Linux radically alters computing's 'terms of trade.'

"Knoppix offers advantages for common situations you're likely to encounter. Let's start with a look at a few concrete applications of Knoppix and related packages that you might need in your own computing.

"Knoppix is a bootable CD. Although it's certainly not unique in that, the organization and content of a Knoppix CD are distinctive. Consider a few scenarios. Suppose you're an instructor. You meet your students in a training room, with only half an hour to check out all the hardware and prepare configurations for them. The result is inevitable: halfway through class, some of your demonstrations won't work, because at least a few of the student machines will have inconsistent Service Pack installations, or hardware that's never been exercised, or an environment customized by a subtle neurotic..."

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