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Welcome to the Knoppix wiki!

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This wiki and other features found on are all about Knoppix. is a resource for users, developers, and testers of Knoppix. The official website for Knoppix is at Klaus Knopper's website.

Knoppix is a Free and Open Source Live Linux CD based on Debian GNU/Linux. Live Linux CD means that the computer boots and runs completely from cd. Nothing is installed on your hard drive in order for you to experience many of the Open Source software packages available. Knoppix includes recent Linux software and desktop environments, including such applications as LibreOffice, Abiword, Gimp, Konqueror, Iceweasel, Apache, PHP, MySQL and hundreds of other quality open source programs. (See "Complete list of packages included with Knoppix" for more information.) allows you to look at the FAQ's and Documentation, participate in discussions on the forums, or just burn a copy of it and try it out! - You can download it ( CD or DVD size ISO files ) or buy it from a CD distributor, more info on the Download (or Buy) page.

The documentation found here is organized in several sections. The goal is to take you from the very beginning as you learn how to use Knoppix all the way to advanced applications of the Live Linux CD.

What this wiki is NOT: This is not the place to post your questions about Knoppix. The Knoppix forum is the proper place for asking for help from other Knoppix users. If you do post a question in the forums and get an informative response, consider enhancing the wiki by adding that information to the appropriate section (assuming it wasn't there already).


A handy one-stop source of information about downloading, verifying, burning and booting a Knoppix CD or DVD is this wiki's Downloading FAQ. You may also want to review the wiki article on Bittorrent. If you do not wish to download and burn your own copy there are others who will sell you a copy of Knoppix. Buying it from our preferred supplier costs as little as $1.95 and earns us a small commission that helps pay for this site: Buy Knoppix on CD or DVD.


Cheatcodes are used to pass options to KNOPPIX to help with getting it working on difficult hardware.


There are various Frequently Asked Question pages available.


After you have experimented with Knoppix for awhile you may want to customize it. Customizing may be as simple as using the Cheat Codes while booting the Knoppix CD. You may want to look at the Customizing FAQ or at some of the specialized Knoppix based Linux distributions.


If customizing isn't meeting your needs, then there's information on how to remaster Knoppix. Yes, remastering is one of the beautiful facts of Open Source software: You can take the software and remold it to how you see fit. There is a german translation available.

Hard drive installation

The main strength of Knoppix is its ability to be run from memory as a Live Linux CD. The advantage to this is that you can take the CD with you. However, some users have worked out how to install Knoppix on a hard drive. If you have an old small hard drive, a large hard drive, or any drive other than a CD Rom drive that Knoppix was originally intended for, then you may want to look at some of these Hard drive Installation pages.

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