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Knoppix Komplete
Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction

Chapter 1 - What is Knoppix? (8 pp)
Knoppix is a Live-CD Linux distribution with its roots in many Open Source and Free Software projects. This chapter details where Knoppix comes from and what prerequisite knowledge is needed in order to get the most from this book.

Suggested background
Notation and Typographical Conventions
The Linux OS
-- Enter Linux Distributions
---- Types of Linux Distrobutions
-- Live CD History
The Knoppix LiveCD
-- System Requirements
-- Sorting out the Knoppix Web sites
Software versions convered in this book

Chapter 2 - Creating a Knoppix CD (18 pp)
Since the whole idea of Knoppix revolves around it living on a standalone CD (as opposed to other Linux distributions that can be installed from a partition on the machine or over the network), having that CD in your hands is a critical step. This chapter describes how to find the Knoppix files, download them, and burn a CD that you'll use for the rest of this book.

A variety of choices for obtaining Knoppix
Why no CD with the book?
The latest version
Buying Knoppix
Via User Groups
Rolling your own CD
-- Download
---- BitTorrent
-- Verify and burn
---- Linux
---- Windows
---- Mac
-- Results

Chapter 3 - Starting Knoppix (28 pp)
In this chapter, it's time to get our handy dirty. Now that you've got a Knoppix CD, let's take a look around it, and then start up Knoppix with it. Once Knoppix loaded, we'll explore the desktop, the menus, and what software is available. Finally, I'll describe how to access drives on the computer that you're running Knoppix on.

Exploring the Knoppix CD
Booting Knoppix
-- The boot process in brief
-- Boot options
-- The Knoppix RAMdisk
The Knoppix filesystem
-- The Linux Filesystem Structure
-- Organization of the Linux File Tree
-- Linux Filenames, Paths and Symbolic Links
Accessing your computer's storage media
-- Storage device configuration in Knoppix
-- Browsing the entire filesystem
---- Mounting Storage Media from the Command Line
-- Shutting down

Chapter 4. The Knoppix Interface (13 pp)
Now that you've got Knoppix started, it's time to poke around the interface and see what's what. This chapter explores the K Desktop Environment (KDE), the desktop, the panel, the menu, and other interface elements. With nearly two gigabytes of software available, it'd be impossible to discuss every application available, but I'll point out some of the highlights and my personal favorites.

Linux graphical interfaces
KDE, the default Knoppix desktop environment
The KDE Panel
Navigating the KDE Menus
The Knoppix Software applications

Chapter 5. Knoppix Configuration (28 pp)
Since Knoppix can boot on most hardware, comes complete with many programs, and can navigate existing filesystems- what comes next? Well, did you know that Knoppix can also be set up for various networks, interact with printers and other servers, and that you can even keep persistent Knoppix data on media like hard disks or USB drives between reboots? In this chapter I will explore all of the various configuration options for making Knoppix fit more snugly in an existing environment.

The Knoppix Configuration menu
-- The Root Shell
-- Knoppix Netwroking Configuration
---- Dynamic IP Ethernet Setup
---- Static IP Ethernet Setup
---- ISDN Modem
---- Dial-up Modem Config
---- ADSL/PPOE Config
---- WLAN Config
-- Printer Setup in K
---- Printing under Linux
---- Printer Control Module
-- Swap File Config
-- Soundcard Config
Persistent Data in Knoppix
-- Persistent K Home Dir
-- Persistent K Config
Customization ideas