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Knowing Knoppix is a guide to the Knoppix Linux distro for the complete beginner.

Knoppix is an astoundingly clever product. It runs Linux completely from a CD, DVD or USB drive. There is no need to install. It bypasses all the software already installed on your PC or laptop and automatically detects the hardware in your computer (subject to suitable hardware). When you've finished using Knoppix, simply restart. Your computer will return to your regular system, and it will behave as if nothing has happened. Knoppix is Free Software and open source under the terms of the GNU General Public Licence (GPL).

This beginner-friendly book is designed to help with these situations:

  • You can't start Windows! Disaster? Possibly not. It is often possible to rescue files using Knoppix from crashed Windows computers, even when Windows cannot be started. This guide takes you step by step through the process.
  • You are curious about Linux, and you want to discover what all the fuss is about.
  • You want a useful guide to help you get started with Knoppix.

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To run Knoppix in full and follow the instructions in Knowing Knoppix, you need:

  • At least 256 Mb RAM
  • Pentium compatible PC (350 MHz or faster is the practical minimum)
  • Bootable CD-ROM/DVD drive, or any CD-ROM/DVD drive plus 1.44 Mb floppy drive or mainboard that can boot from USB drive
  • SVGA compatible graphics card