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    Basic help for beginners

    An easy to find help/tutorial section for beginners

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    I started off with Ubuntu about 5years ago. New to computers and I soon found my way around their forum .
    I'm still a newby and am trying Knoppix for a change; but an 'Absolute Beginers' Forum' would be a great help to the elderly like myself.

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    I started off with Ubuntu about 5years ago. New to computers and I soon found my way around their forum .
    I'm still a newby and am trying Knoppix for a change; but an 'Absolute Beginers' Forum' would be a great help to the elderly like myself
    ... why that? You'll do a harddrive installation of Knoppix instead of Ubuntu? Please have a look at HD_Install_Warning_not_to_do_it (or in German) and be aware: Knoppix harddrive installation doesn't have security updates.

    Greetings Werner * http://www.wp-schulz.de/knoppix/summary.html
    Own Rescue-CD with Knoppix (Knoppix V6.4.4 remaster)

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    Sorry I'm not sure what you mean.
    I've installed Knoppix to a flash drive. after trying it on a live CD. I like it, and, as an old newby/elderly I'd like to think that there's a place for me on your forum, as there has been for a number of years with Ubuntu.
    Have a look at the Ubuntu forum. Let me know if there are any changes you'd think of makeing on yours.

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    There is certainly a place for you here.
    I personaly think a pure Debian install would be better but it is up to you.

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    I was thinking the same thing as this thread. I'm a windows user that has been playing around with ubuntu for a couple of months. There is the section for Windows and new users:
    http://www.knoppix.net/forum/forums/...s-New-to-Linux

    but still as a user new to Knoppix, it is pretty rugged going. I have a good reason to be here on the Knoppix forum, because of issues with ubuntu 11.10 on my desktop. So far, I've only managed to install one application out of the set that I've been using on ubuntu (Keepnote) and that was with lots of help. Oh, not counting GIMP, that started fine.

    Part of the problem may be that I'm running 6.7 CD rather than 6.7.1 DVD, I'm not sure.

    Firefox 8 or Iceweasel
    Thunderbird 8 or alternative
    Openshot
    Keepnote
    SpiderOak

    For very common software that is not immediately included, the commands to install would help.

    Here is what we went through with Firefox and Keepnote - have keepnote working (with lots of help), still working on getting Firefox or Iceweasel to run.

    KeepNote and some Firefox
    http://www.knoppix.net/forum/threads...alled-KeepNote

    Firefox or Iceweasel - still working on this
    http://www.knoppix.net/forum/threads...Knoppix-6.7-CD

    Knoppix seems like a great OS, but can be tough going for beginners and I'm not sure why.

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    Knoppix seems like a great OS, but can be tough going for beginners and I'm not sure why.
    You didn't read HD_Install_Warning_not_to_do_it (or in German)?
    Knoppix is designed as a Live distribution to run from DVD (CD) as it is!

    It isn't designed to use it as any other distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Suse and so on with their abilities to update, upgrade and expand their software pool. And important to say, there are no security-updates, user-management and password-management!

    Yes, of course, you can remaster Knoppix, but it isn't an easy to do job for beginners.

    Greetings Werner * http://www.wp-schulz.de/knoppix/summary.html
    Own Rescue-CD (Knoppix V6.7.1 remaster)

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    I agree with Werner that this uniqueness of Knoppix is often unfortunately overlooked.

    I never use Knoppix as a hard drive install with the possible exception
    of using 0wn as a means to the end of re-mastering.

    In the past, prior to version 6 of Knoppix, I used a Knoppix LiveCD with a 'persistent home'
    on my hdd. Beginning with version 6, it was possible to have both the LiveCD material
    AND the persistence file on a single, self-booting USB.

    LiveUSBs have been my standard mode of operation for ALL distros since.
    So compact, and no need to fuss with dual booting except via normal bios selections.
    I'm disappointed that not all distros offer this mode.

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    It isn't designed to use it as any other distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Suse and so on with their abilities to update, upgrade and expand their software pool. And important to say, there are no security-updates, user-management and password-management!
    I was wondering about not having a logon password, but figured that might have something to do with not choosing the encryption for the home.

    Not sure what to think about not installing software that we need to make use of the operating system. Perhaps this is a good reason to get the DVD rather than the CD (or both) next time.

    I did see the hard disk install message, but didn't think much of it since I run from a portable USB that I use on multiple PCs.
    Last edited by Denver Dave; 12-06-2011 at 07:19 PM.

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    .. software that we need to make use of the operating system ..
    For security reasons: don't use Knoppix as your operating system!

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