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OSNews: Interview with Klaus Knopper of Knoppix

Dec 07, 2002, 05:30 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexander Antoniades)


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"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 it’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 “desktop†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 Linux’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..."

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