An open source and bootable Live DVD that comes with a large collection of GNU/Linux software
KNOPPIX is an open source Linux distribution that gained its popularity from the fact that the ISO image provides users with a modern live environment, included a large collection of applications, and supported numerous hardware components.

It is distributed as two Live CD and DVD ISO images with support for the English and German speaking users. The main website of the project is also available in dual language format, English and German, especially because the developer is of German nationality.

The Live DVD consists of a vast collection of GNU/Linux software, support numerous graphics cards, sound cards, USB devices, various peripherals and SCSI disks. It can be used to boot an existing OS, run a memory test, or start the live environment in safe graphics mode.

It was always based on the KDE desktop environment, which provides users with a very modern, eye-candy desktop experience and access to top-notch open source applications and utilities.

To run KNOPPIX, you will need to have a computer with at least an Intel or AMD-compatible CPU (i486 and up), 120 MB of RAM for the graphical desktop (500MB recommended), a bootable CD-ROM/DVD drive or a USB flash disk, a standard SVGA-compatible video card, and a USB or PS/2 mouse.

Default applications include the Apache OpenOffice office suite, Mozilla Firefox web browser, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) image editor, MPlayer video player, as well as various other utilities for data rescue, system repair and network analysis tasks.

As mentioned before, this is the Live DVD of the KNOPPIX Linux distribution. A Live CD edition also exists on Softpedia, built around the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.

Whether you use KNOPPIX to rescue a broken system, recover data from a damaged hard drive, as you main operating system or as an educational demo for non-profit organizations, it can deliver anything you want at any moment you want.

Reviewed by Marius Nestor on March 6th, 2014

last updated on:
September 17th, 2014, 6:06 GMT
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license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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What's New in This Release:
  • Version 7.4.1 of KNOPPIX is based on the usual picks from Debian stable (wheezy) and newer Desktop packages from Debian/testing and Debian/unstable (jessie). It uses kernel 3.15.6 and xorg 7.7 (core 1.16.0) for supporting current computer hardware.
  • In addition to the 32bit standard kernel, the 64bit version of the same kernel is installed on the DVD edition, supporting systems with more than 4GB of RAM and chroot to 64-bit installations for system rescue tasks. In the DVD version, the bootloader will start the 64bit kernel automatically if a 64bit-capable CPU is detected (if not manually specified otherwise).
  • New, experimental version of 3D window manager compiz
  • Partly integration of system start and service manager systemd, which is apparently going to be standard in the next version of Debian, with a workaoround in order to keep the quicker, script-based KNOPPIX system start with sysvinit,
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KNOPPIX is an open source Live DVD with an impressive collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, ...

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