OMG, it rocks!!!! :D
I first heard about Knoppix
from this thread
, but I felt that this deserves a thread of its own.Knoppix
rocks. I LOVE IT!
What is Knoppix
you ask? Its a linux distro (Debian-based) that runs entirely 100% off of your CD-ROM. It doesn't mess with your boot sector, partitions, or any silliness like that. In fact, by default all drives are set to READ ONLY, and you have to manually enable writing to the drive (warning: Linux (all distros afaik) cannot write NTFS partitons, so don't try it!).
So what is this CD with an entire OS on it good for? Lots.
I got it as a rescue disk. Now if something happens and XP won't boot, no longer must I either formatting right then (and losing data) or putting my hard drive into someone else's computer (or their's into mine) to back up data. This little puppy can back up stuff no problem. It has full network connectivity (so you can read/write to file shares too), Internet connectivity (LAN, PPP, PPPoE, etc), and even CD Burning (providing you have a second CD-ROM. Can't burn the drive w/ the OS in it heh).
Its also got about a hundred apps installed with it too. OpenOffice, Gimp, etc. So if you're computer is down and you still need to get some work done, you can.
And its also just damned fun to play with. :)
it runs suprisingly fast too, being from a CD and all. Hell, almost faster than Windows off your hard drive. But I guess that's just Linux :P
Best of all (in my opinion), Linux has taken leaps and bounds towards user-friendliness since the last time I used it. I was able to easily find everything I was looking for very, very quickly. The only thing even slightly confusing was the mouse sensitivity (simply labelled "acceleration" in a seperate application just for mouse properties... wierd). Other than that, its rockin.
I'd recommend everybody w/ bandwidth to spare and a 700MB cd to burn go download it. Keep it as a rescue disk, you never know when you may need it. Or just play around with the thing. Those of you who don't have the bandwidth to spare can order it on CD too for like $5 or so.To download Knoppix, click here
and scroll down to where it says "Download from Mirrors".