This is not a new article but it is a reminder to myself that linux is still out there and now it could be installed and run from a Flash USB.

What is Knoppix?

Knoppix is a GNU/Linux distribution that boots and runs completely from CD or DVD and can be used to read and write Windows and other partitions (among other clever tricks).  Now thanks to the developer and knoppix community it could be installed and run from a Flash USB.

What is Linux?

Linux is the core of the operating system. Linux is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linus had an interest in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. He began his work in 1991 when he released version 0.02 and worked steadily until 1994 when version 1.0 of the Linux Kernel was released. The kernel, at the heart of all Linux systems, is developed and released under the GNU General Public License.  It is this kernel that forms the base around which a Linux operating system is developed.

Linux’s functionality, adaptability and robustness, has made it the main alternative for proprietary Unix and Microsoft operating systems.  Its use as a home and office desktop operating system is also on the rise. The operating system can also be incorporated directly into microchips in a process called “embedding” and is increasingly being used this way in appliances and devices.

Throughout most of the 1990’s, tech pundits, largely unaware of Linux’s potential, dismissed it as a computer hobbyist project, unsuitable for the general public’s computing needs. Through the efforts of developers of desktop management systems such as KDE and GNOME, office suite project OpenOffice.org and the Mozilla web browser project, to name only a few, there are now a wide range of applications that run on Linux and it can be used by anyone regardless of his/her knowledge of computers. Those curious to see the capabilities of Linux can download a live CD version called Knoppix.  It is called live CD because it runs from the CD and doesn’t require to be installed in the hard dick of your pc or laptop.

A screenshot of the latest Knoppix