Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Knoppix 3.6

KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos.

After their final release which was 3.4, Knoppix has released another updated version, which is 3.6 and it is equipped with some latest OpenSource application, such as : Linux Kernel 2.4.27 and, as a boot option, Kernel 2.6.7, both ACPI-enabled, KDE version 3.2.3, GIMP version 2.0, enhanced hardware autodetection and driver updates, the FreeNX server from Fabian Franz, and ndiswrapper for loading proprietary drivers for wireless network cards.

Knoppix has made an astonishing move since their first release, since this is the well known GNU/Linux's Live-CD that works great and detects more hardware than any other distro that were installed in computer, such as Red Hat or Fedora. One advantage of Knoppix is that you don't have to install Knoppix on your harddisk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it. It is executed via CDROM and stays on RAM while you are working with Knoppix. But you also have the opportunity to try installing Knoppix on your harddisk, even though it's better to install another distro rather than Knoppix.

If you are interested on Knoppix 3.6 "aKademy", go get them now at Knoppix's web site. You also can order Knoppix 3.5 DVD Edition via Lehmanns Online Bookshop as long as supply lasts.

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