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DistroWatch: KANOTIX--Putting the Pizzazz on Debian

Oct 29, 2004, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Once upon a time, Linux was difficult to install. In the early 1990s, weary users had to swap out dozens of floppy disks (remember those?) to complete the installation procedure. When CDROMs finally became available, the geek community proclaimed it the greatest advance in technology since the invention of the plow. Then text-mode installation scripts were (mostly) edged out by GUI installers--suddenly, installation was not only easy, but fun.

"Nevertheless, it was the appearance of Knoppix in late 2002 that just blew everyone's socks off. Knoppix was the first truly useful 'live CD.' No need to mess with a GUI installer--just stick a CD into the drive and boot. Awesome hardware detection made manual configuration obsolete. Knoppix was so easy to install that one could literally do it with his/her eyes closed..."

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