Knoppix Hacks, Second Edition

There should be an image here!Rather than opt for the expense of a laptop and the additional worry of losing or damaging it, Klaus Knopper, creator of Knoppix, made a bootable Linux CD distribution so he could take his favorite open source tools with him wherever he needed to work. CD in hand, he was able to go from computer to computer and get right to work with an operating system and environment that were familiar to him, without the need to install software on every computer he encountered. Over the years, he improved hardware support for Knoppix until it was able to recognize and automatically configure much of the hardware with which it came into contact. Knoppix caught on quickly with those who tried it. Its secret was simple: it got the job done.

Several years and many improvements later, Knoppix is still getting the job done. “There are a lot of live CDs out there these days,” says Kyle Rankin, author of the newly released Knoppix Hacks, Second Edition. “But I believe that Knoppix, especially with all of its current features, is still the best all-around live CD.”

In the new edition of his book, Rankin shows readers how to fully use all of the major features of the latest versions of Knoppix, including remastering. “It’s been some years since I wrote the initial Knoppix Hacks book,” notes Rankin. “Since then, Knoppix has had a number of advances, most specifically in the addition of UnionFS (now AuFS) which allowed a user to ‘write’ to the live CD just like it was a hard drive while it was booted. This alone opened up a whole new world of uses for Knoppix and made some hacks already in the book even easier.”

Knoppix Hacks, Second Edition offers a collection of tips and techniques for using the enormous amount of software Knoppix offers–not just to work and play, but also to troubleshoot, repair, upgrade, and disinfect your system without having to install a thing. The book includes scores of hacks covering both the standard Knoppix live CD and the feature-rich DVD “Maxi” distribution (included with this book). Readers will learn how to:

  • Investigate features of the KDE desktop and its Internet applications
  • Save settings and data between reboots with persistent storage
  • Use Knoppix as a system administration multitool to replace failed servers and more
  • Use the CD/DVD as a rescue disc to repair filesystems or a system that won’t boot
  • Rescue Windows systems with Knoppix to back up files and settings, hack the registry, and more
  • Explore other live CDs based on Knoppix
  • Use Knoppix to automatically detect and configure hardware
  • Remaster Knoppix to include favorite software and custom branding
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  • Carl

    Yes! A great distro that I’ve been using for years and still keep a copy in my briefcase. Mostly for fixing Windows machines that have gone terribly wrong and usually no longer even boot. It’s great for being able to read otherwise “unreadable” partitions and even floppys; and at least being able to save the data before the ultimate “re-” image/format has to be preformed. Also comes with the nifty ability to write to ntfs partitions (as long as they are still pretty plain i.e. no crypto or compression etc.) In fact, I keep wishing that Novell’s SLED would learn that trick so that those of us who are in a dual or triple boot mode can modify files directly rather than playing around with copying and often keeping duplicates of everything.

  • http://nephesh.110mb.com/index.html Seth Nephesh

    Knoppix is a great. I use it quite often to repair Window$, for data recovery and for a temporary server. I have plans to remaster a image and install a few antivirus programs, kind of like the online Jotti virus scanner. I’ll have Clamav, Bitdefender, Avast, AVG, F-prot and Aegis. I was inspired to do this after Chris’s segment on scanning a M$ partition for viruses with Knoppix. Thanks again Chris :)