Wednesday, February 25, 2004

KNOPPIX Linux Live CD

I was little confused when my boss asked me to create Linux Live CD which will allow to boot the Operating system from the CD-RoM.

"Live CD Linux" is a new breed of Linux distribution. Unlike traditional Linux, live CD distributions run directly from a CD-ROM. You simply insert the live CD and boot your system. Everything then runs from the CD—operating system and applications. Although this isn't a perfect solution for everyone, it's a great way to try Linux without making potentially hazardous changes to your system.

I realised that there are a number of ways to get a live CD distribution. The easiest method requires a CD burner and a broadband Internet connection. Just download an ISO image of the CD and burn it with programs such as Nero or Easy CD.

while I was searching for the process and guidelines how to make such CD I found nice link on KNOPPIX website, I downloaded the Live CD image file and created one cd and I was surprised when I booted the Linux from the cd. After booting the CD, you'll have the opportunity to pass special boot arguments to Knoppix. You can press F2 to get a list of boot options, but most users will just want to press Enter and use the default configuration. After booting, the KDE desktop environment loads. The desktop itself is both functional and visually appealing. A help screen loads automatically, giving links to Knoppix documentation stored locally on the CD. It works very nicely and seamlessly as if your booting it from harddrive.I was pleased to find my NTFS hard drives mounted as read-only disks on the desktop, allowing access to my Windows files. If you want to save any files under Linux, some planning is in order.KNOPPIX can read and write disks formatted as FAT16 or FAT32. If your drive is formatted as NTFS, you will be able to read from it, but can not write to it. In this case, you'll need a floppy or USB drive, a network storage location, or a CD writer to save your work.

Knoppix also provided the best refresh rate for my monitor of any distribution I tested (85 Hz at 1024x768).
Web browsing worked well with both Mozilla and Konqueror, the default KDE web browser. Pages loaded quickly and rendered accurately. Konqueror also serves as the file manager. Both the KOffice and OpenOffice.org suites are provided. Knoppix also includes a decent mix of audio, video, and graphics applications. SSH and HTTP server modules can be started on demand, offering a great way to experiment with Linux as a server. Knoppix even includes security tools such as Ettercap, Airsnort, and Ethereal.

All in all it was great experience with KNOPPIX LIVE CD.

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