Knoppix Hacks: Tips and Tools for Hacking, Repairing, and Enjoying Your PC

Knoppix Hacks: Tips and Tools for Hacking, Repairing, and Enjoying Your PC

by Kyle Rankin
     
 

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If you think Knoppix is just a Linux demo disk, think again. Klaus Knopper created an entire Linux distribution on a bootable CD (and now a DVD) so he could use his favorite open source tools on any computer. This book includes a collection of tips and techniques for using the enormous amount of software Knoppix offers-not just to work and play, but also to

Overview

If you think Knoppix is just a Linux demo disk, think again. Klaus Knopper created an entire Linux distribution on a bootable CD (and now a DVD) so he could use his favorite open source tools on any computer. This book includes a collection of tips and techniques for using the enormous amount of software Knoppix offers-not just to work and play, but also to troubleshoot, repair, upgrade, and disinfect your system without having to install a thing.

Knoppix Hacks is just like the distribution it covers: a veritable Swiss Army knife packed full of tools. Scores of industrial-strength hacks-many of them new to this second edition-cover both the standard Knoppix CD and the feature-rich DVD "Maxi" distribution, which is included with this book. Discover how to use Knoppix to its full potential as your desktop, rescue CD, or as a launching point for your own live CD.

With Knoppix Hacks, you can:

  • Investigate features of the KDE desktop and its Internet applications


  • Save your settings and data between reboots with persistent storage


  • Employ Knoppix as a system administration multitool to replace failed servers and more


  • Use the CD/DVD as a rescue disc to repair filesystems or a system that won't boot


  • Rescue Windows systems with Knoppix to back up files and settings, hack the registry, and more


  • Explore other live CDs based on Knoppix that could augment your system


  • Easily install the popular Debian GNU/Linux distribution with all of your hardware detected and configured


  • Remaster Knoppix to include your favorite software and custom branding


Whether you're a new Linux user, power user, or system administer, this book helps you take advantage of Knoppix and customize it to your needs. You may just find ways to use Knoppix that you never considered.

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This is one of the liveliest technical books I've read in a long time. A few of the easier hacks can be found on Knoppix.net or elsewhere but I think Rankin has managed to put the majority of Knoppix related material in one book that could be subtitled the "First Knoppix Manual." The admin hacks, in particular, will add a whole new arsenal of Knoppix wonders to an admin's repertoire. Kudos to O'Reilly for publishing such an outstanding volume, to Rankin for compiling some damn useful material, and to MacGyver for inspiring many of us to look for simple solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596551759
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/20/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Kyle Rankin is a system administrator for QuinStreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users Group, and the author of "Knoppix Hacks", "Knoppix Pocket Reference", and "Linux Multimedia Hacks" (all from O'Reilly). Kyle has been using Linux in one form or another since early 1998. In his free time, he either writes or does pretty much the same thing he does at work: works with Linux.

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