Really lightweight, stable and customizable but ANNOYINGLY bloated at first boot. All I'd want is office app, Web browsers and some basic computer applications but this is so bad that you have to SCROLL DOWN to see all of the apps it comes with.
Been with KNOPPIX for 12 years now, its never let me down.
Navigating through files, opening applications and launching web pages is blazingly fast. (due to me using Openbox and it being run on ram). With 2GB of ram and a very lightweight DE it's just perfect. It's Debian+.
When I first started using it I got the hang of it within half a year, don't be scared off if you're a new user, it's very user friendly. But like all operating systems, it'll take well over a year to be a master at them.
KNOPPIX may have fallen in popularity, but it has risen in amazement. Now get off Virtual Box and install this bad boy!
I find it incredibly useful to be able to just carry the entire OS as well as all your personal notes and changes with you in a small USB package that you can plug into virtually any computer and use straightaway.
Many thanks to all who have endeavoured to make this a reality
Excellent CDrom and DVDrom used during work for rescue of various machines, cloning drives, and doesn't affect the drives worked-on if you need to fix or copy stuff. Mostly rescuing Windows machines, but also occasional sprinkling of Linux machines too. Recent interest in UEFI bootup also brought this distro to the forefront. We use a few versions, but latest version at moment is 7.6. If limited to CDrom, we will use an older version.
Recommended distro for anyone who needs a live distro.
Because I needed light distro I could not use DVD version of current KNOPPIX, which is above 4GB. So, I stayed with older KNOPPIX CD version 7.2.0 from 2013, which still runs great on USB stick with my old hardware. I wish Mr Knopper still supported CD version same way like live DVD. Updating packages for KNOPPIX live CD version and keeping it up to date can be tedious and time consuming.
There is planty of old hardware out there and current KNOPPIX live CD would be perfect for it. Great distro anyway.
Please create current version of KNOPPIX Live CD.
KNOPPIX was a great distro not to many years ago, it is still okay. It runs on almost anything you put it on---- really really nice to run from a thumb drive. I used it all the time until i found MX15 with the XFCE desktop. KNOPPIX comes with GNOME,KDE,and LXDE , all of which don't give me a good user feeling. I would give KNOPPIX a 10 if it came with XFCE i think. Klaus Knopper's work on software for blind people should make him a world hero!! If someday I find that there is an easy way to put XFCE on to the desktop choice list I'll likely go back to KNOPPIX. When KDE became fat and nasty, that's when I started to look for another distro.