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Klaus Knopper

 

Brief Description: Prime mover of Knoppix, a Linux distro that runs directly from a CD

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Born in Germany in 1968 where he's lived ever since, Klaus Knopper has a diploma in electrical engineering, and has been a self-employed IT-consultant since 1998.

Knoppix was started about 3 years ago as an experiment for personal use (learning how el torito boot works, and how to get access to a whole CD from a minimal ramdisk system). His friends from the LinuxTag association convinced him to make it an open project, and provided mailing lists and a forum for this purpose.

Without touching the hard drive, Knoppix can boot practically any PC into Linux complete with multiple GUI environments, a ton of applications, and utilities while grabbing an IP address from a DHCP server.

in other words, unlike other Linux distributions, Knoppix does not need to be installed on a computer's hard disk - it runs directly from the CD. All you need to do is to place it into your CD-ROM drive and restart the computer. A few minutes later you will have a fully working Linux workstation with all major desktop environments, server software, multimedia, office and productivity applications you can think of.

This amazing product is Klaus Knopper's very own brainchild.

Currently, there are about 3000 downloads per day, and there are quite a few project forks in different languages maintained by independent groups.

Knopper works on Knoppix alone with occasional help from people on the mailing lists, mostly in the form of translations or patches for shell scripts. The offical Web site for Knoppix is on his personal Web site, at http://knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html.

"So far, Knoppix boots fine on about 95% of all tested desktop PCs," Knopper says, "and roughly 75% of notebooks (some of them have exotic graphics or sound/pcmcia chipsets, sometimes you have to use boot options to get them working)."

 

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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