operating system

Knoppix, or KNOPPIX, is a Linux distribution based on Debian designed to be started directly from a CD / DVD. Knoppix is one of the best-known LiveDistros. It was developed by Linux consultant Klaus Knopper. When starting a program it is loaded from the optical disc and decompressed into a RAM drive. The decompression is transparent and on-the-fly.

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Knoppix 6.0.1 with LXDE
DeveloperKlaus Knopper
OS familyUnix-like (based on Debian)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest release7.2.0 / June 24, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-06-24)
Available inGerman and English
Update methodAPT (front-ends available)
Package managerdpkg
Kernel typeMonolithic Linux kernel
Default user interfaceLXDE (previously KDE)
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)[1]

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  1. "KNOPPIX Linux Live CD: What license does the KNOPPIX-CD use?". Retrieved 2007-07-16.