Knoppix installation tips
for installing Knoppix on the hard disk. Dont follow them! If you do,
you will install the German version of the software even though you booted
from an English version of the CD. If you follow the instructions in the
FAQ you can still convert the system to English, but to do so you have
to change the locale setting in a number of places using a German
Instead of following the installation instructions
in the FAQ, go to the Knoppix section in the menu, run the root shell
This command invokes an easy-to-understand menu that
allows you to partition your disk. It asks you to select the hard disk
on which you would like to install the software; hda is the first IDE
hard disk and hdb is the second, while if you have SCSI hard disks its
sda and sdb. The partitioning tool, cfdisk, is fairly easy to use, but
be sure you know what you are doing before you write your partition table
to the disk or you may mess up your system and lose your existing data.
Create a swap partition size of double the amount of memory in your
machine but at least 256MB.
The installation procedure then asks you to select
your swap partition, then formats it. Next, you select your root
partition, where the procedure will install the operating system, and
the file system type.
Tip: If you select a partition type of XFS as I did,
Knoppix will not install. It will stall while coping files. A quick
search on the Knoppix forum
, which is the place to go if you run into problems, disclosed a bug
here which was suppose to be fixed. Based on my experience, it isnt --
are you reading this, Knoppix developers?
Another glitch: if you select a partition type of
EXT3, Knoppix mounts the EXT3 partition as EXT2 after installing,
because the kernel shipped with Knoppix isn\\\'t compiled with EXT3. I
selected EXT2 and was finally able to install the operating system. The
installation takes about 2GB of disk space. Knoppix booted perfectly as
a Debian system and ran much faster from the hard drive than it did from
Filling in the missing pieces
This release is not without some flaws. The Evolution mail client is
missing. The Gaim client is an older version that didnt work with Yahoo
Messenger. And the OpenOffice version installed was German.
Since Knoppix is based on Debian, I turned to Advanced Package Tool