Knoppix Hacks, 2nd Edition
Tips and Tools for Hacking, Repairing, and Enjoying Your PC
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2007
Pages: 432

If you think Knoppix is just a Linux demo disk, think again. Klaus Knopper created an entire Linux distribution on a bootable CD (and now a DVD) so he could use his favorite open source tools on any computer. This book includes 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.

Knoppix Hacks is just like the distribution it covers: a veritable Swiss Army knife packed full of tools. Scores of industrial-strength hacks-many of them new to this second edition-cover both the standard Knoppix CD and the feature-rich DVD "Maxi" distribution, which is included with this book. Discover how to use Knoppix to its full potential as your desktop, rescue CD, or as a launching point for your own live CD.

With Knoppix Hacks, you can:

  • Investigate features of the KDE desktop and its Internet applications

  • Save your settings and data between reboots with persistent storage

  • Employ 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 that could augment your system

  • Easily install the popular Debian GNU/Linux distribution with all of your hardware detected and configured

  • Remaster Knoppix to include your favorite software and custom branding

Whether you're a new Linux user, power user, or system administer, this book helps you take advantage of Knoppix and customize it to your needs. You may just find ways to use Knoppix that you never considered.
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Could be better - so much potential

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I have been trying to get into Linux for a couple of years now. I was turned onto Knoppix by reference in a Ubuntu book as a rescue disk for Linux. So, I bought this book to better understand Knoppix and Linux. Then I learned it could help with other OS's, too, I was excited! I thought the book was pretty good the first read and then I tried out some of the hacks and was left lacking. In many places, it assumes that one already knows some things that I do not think must of us know, what to do, how to do some tasks and what some things mean or are supposed to do. That is why we buy books. I was unable to get several hacks to work out as detailed and there was no explantion of what to do if they did not go as planned. Something did not install or there was an error message, etc. There is no Knoppix troubleshooting. I could not properly configure my Video Card and Drivers, as explained. I still can not configure my BrotherMFC USB scanner or my TV Tuner. My Tuner comes up as a scanner, my Web Cam comes up as my Tuner. There is no option to choose. There is no explanation of how to reconfigure misconfigured devices. This should be one of the "Hacks." I have no access to the Administrator Account and Configuration Utility even after having set a root password. I keep trying things and some work and some do not. All in all, I do have a better understanding of knoppix. I was hoping with the release of the 5.3.1 DVD that there would be a revision and hopefully with some feedback the authors would make this book what it really could be.

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Hello - I purchased the first edition of this book and found it indispensable, and looked forward to later releases. If I was about to purchase this book again, I would pass. Many of the examples in the book do not work in a real environment. I was disappointed by the lack of congruence. Maybe the third time will be a charm...

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