UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.


I’m sure there is more to KNOPPIX 8.6, but I just haven’t found it yet, e.g. where are the settings “Details” and the “About” section that tells you what Linux Distro it is, what the Device name is, etc – hey, I want to get a screenshot of that info to add to this post (like all the other Distro posts here), etc. Maybe that info is there, but just hidden in some fragmented Linux term for such info – tho I searched ‘HIGH and low’ for that info. Why couldn’t I create a USB of the KNOPPIX iso in WIN10 that would work? Had to create the USB in Ubuntu. What if a Windows 7 user was thinking about trying KNOPPIX, downloaded the 4.32GB iso file over his metered connection, then created a bootable ‘Live’ USB and discovered it wouldn’t work?

KNOPPIX is a bootable Live system on CD, DVD or USB flash drives, consisting of a representative collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a productive Linux system for the desktop, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it (over 9GB on the DVD “Maxi” edition).

Baloney! Puppy Linux and BionicPup blows KNOPPIX claim to portability off Planet Earth! Heck, I wasted all kinds of time searching for KNOPPIX’s 700MB iso (ADRIANE-KNOPPIX_V7.2.0gCD-2013-07-28-EN), the one that some German magazine gives away on CD/DVD (when you buy their magazine), found it finally, and created a ‘Live’ USB from it. Well, it was certainly akin to those ridiculous CD/DVD’s that come with magazines; however, it’s nothing more than a magazine sales gimmick, and certainly not a useful portable Linux Distro like BionicPup. The full 4.32GB was much better, after I finally discovered that the iso needed a Linux Distro to create the ‘Live’ USB version. Before continuing this post, I have decided to place KNOPPIX 8.6 on my A-1 Linux *JUNK* page…just too much aggravation involved in testing it, and this wasn’t my first attempt.

I could get the 700MB version to boot all the way up on a couple of my machines, but it seemed as nothing more than some magazine sales gimmick. I tried Universal USB, balenaEtcher and Rufus USB creators in WIN10, and the 4.32GB version would freeze trying to boot on one computer, and barely make it to a command prompt on two older computers. Then I tried Active@ ISO Burner (in WIN10) in case KNOPPIX needed a CD/DVD in order to work and that failed also. Then I went to Ubuntu and created a DVD there, which worked, but the final HDD installation failed to boot into newly installed KNOPPIX OS. I finally gave up.

That all took place a few days ago. Today, I tried again, using Ubuntu again, and created a ‘Live’ USB 4.32GB version this time. It worked on ‘Ace’ the Laptop hardware test, so the KNOPPIX dev/s have done a good job with hardware drivers and detection. It also booted up on the main Linux test computer, ‘Rose’ so I was ready to try another HDD installation. The installation program is beyond being just bad…I really don’t see a point in a Linux Distro like this. Anyway, I did get it installed this time, and to actually boot into the HDD KNOPPIX OS. Here are some pics of the installation process…KNOPPIX 8.6 ‘Live’ USB:


Here’s the magazine sales gimmick, KNOPPIX 7.2 ‘Live’ USB:


Not much more to that version – like I’ve said, it’s a German magazine’s sales gimmick. Back to KNOPPIX 8.6…the desktop area offered a “Flash Knoppix” which sounded more like a USB installation, so I searched for a HDD installer version, and finally found it – KNOPPIX HD Install:


Installer is bare-bones … here is the Selection partition section:


That took some piddling to get the right choices selected (believe it or not), and you need to end up with the /dev/sdb2 151562MB being offered as a choice (device for installation):


Then, if you’re lucky, you reach bootloader and GRUB choices:




Then finally, some success in a very slow installation:


I check the Gparted HDD view after it booted into new OS:


1GB linux-swap at beginning and the “reiserfs” file system for the rest…er, OK?!?! Anyway, it worked. It has the Chromium browser, but the Tor browser is available if you go thru installing it. Lots of stuff, though it uses its own terms in order to help Linux stay fragmented from Top to Bottom.

This pic pretty much sums up what KNOPPIX is really about: