KNOPPIX 8.6.1 Bootable Live System [ISO]

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KNOPPIX DOWNLOAD ISOKNOPPIX is a bootable Live system on CD, DVD, or USB flash drives. It consists of a representative collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection. Also, it supports 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.

KNOPPIX automatically detects and supports a wide range of graphics adapters, sound cards, USB devices, and other peripheral devices.

It is not necessary to install anything on a fixed disk. Because of its transparent decompression, up to 2 gigabytes of executable software can be present on a CD, and up to 10GB on a single-layered DVD.

Because of its transparent decompression, up to 2 gigabytes of executable software can be present on a CD, and up to 10 GB on a single-layered DVD. A.D.R.I.A.N.E. (Audio Desktop Reference Implementation And Networking Environment) is a talking menu system, which is supposed to make work and internet access easier for computer beginners, even if they have no sight contact to the computers monitor.

A graphical environment with also talking programs and arbitrary magnification using Compiz-fusion is another option.

KNOPPIX has included software

Depending on your choice of CD or DVD, a variety of software packages from the Debian software repositories ( is installed.

The CD version contains at least:

  • LXDE as the standard desktop,
  • Open Office,
  • the Firefox WWW browser,
  • GNU Image Manipulation Program GIMP,
  • MPlayer Multimedia System,
  • Internet-access software for (W)LAN, modem, ISDN, UMTS/GPRS,
  • Tools for data rescue, network analysis, and system repair.

The DVD version contains additional software packages for office productivity as well as software development and engineering (various programming languages and development environments), education, and gaming.

In order to start from CD, DVD, or USB flash disk, adjust the boot selection menu or your computer BIOS setup in order to start from the desired device. Everything else works (almost) automatically.

In the USB flash disk variant, it is possible to store your own settings and additionally installed software permanently via “overlay”, so that the system behaves just like a “real harddisk” installation.

New: For computers that cannot start directly from USB, there is a “boot only” CD-variant available, which can be used together with a previously created Knoppix USB flash drive. Using this boot CD, the system starts from CD drive first, and then switches and continues to run on the USB flash drive.

KNOPPIX 8.6.1 Release Notes

  • Updated Kernel and System software (Debian buster+sid),
  • LXDE, the lightweight Knoppix standard desktop including file manager pcmanfm 1.3.1.
  • Gnome 3 (Boot option knoppix64 desktop=gnome).
  • KDE 5 (knoppix64 desktop=kde).
  • Accessible → Adriane Audio Desktop.
  • Wine 4.0 prerelease for directly installing and running Windows applications on Linux, also Windows 10.
  • Qemu-KVM 3.1 as scriptable virtualization solution.
  • Privacy-enhanced tor browser, upgradeable and startable via the Knoppix-menu.
  • Web-Browser Chromium 76.0.3809.100, Firefox 69.0.2 with adblocker Ublock Origin and Noscript.
  • Libre Office 6.3.3-rc1, Gimp 2.10.8.
  • Maths/Algebra-Software for teachers, solving equations, etc.: Maxima 5.42.1 with direct integration of Maxima sessions into Texmacs, creating documentation directly during live lesions.
  • 3D Productivity-Software Blender 2.79.b, Freecad 0.18, Meshlab 1.3.2, Open Scad 2015.03 (→ Bugs) for 3D Prototyping, Slic3r 1.3 for layering 3D prints.
  • Virtualization and Container functions for experimenting: “Knoppix in Knoppix – KVM” (fully virtualized), “Knoppix in Docker” (integrated 64bit Docker environment), “Knoppix in Chroot” (builds a chroot container by symlinks)
  • Video editing & Productivity: kdenlive 18.12.3, open shot 2.4.3, photo filmstrip 3.7.1, obs-studio 22.0.3
  • Mediathekview 13.2.1
  • OwnCloud 2.5.1 and NextCloud 2.5.1 Clients
  • E-Book Manager caliber 3.39.1
  • Game Engine godot3 3.0.6
  • Audio/Video transcoder: RipperX 2.8.0, Handbrake 1.2.2,
  • UPnP-Streaming: gerbera 1.1.0
  • Automatic resizing of the Overlay-Partition without Reboot (!) even after 1:1 copying to USB flash disk (see → Hybrid Partition Layout),
  • Remastering-Option when copying to USB flash disk by flash-Knoppix,
  • Terminator (Terminal-Emulator with many features),
  • → support for UEFI Secure Boot

System Requirements:

  • Intel/AMD-compatible CPU (i486 and up),
  • RAM: at least 200 MB for the graphical desktop. Recommended for working with various office applications: 500MB RAM,
  • a bootable CD-ROM/DVD drive (IDE/ATAPI/SATA, Firewire, USB), or USB flash disk,
  • a standard SVGA-compatible graphics chipset,
  • PS/2 or USB Mouse.

Size: 4.33 GB

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