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developerWorks: Knoppix Gives Bootable, One-Disk Linux

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


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"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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