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Nkoppix info

I have just came across a really great product.
I can boot my PC from a CD and run Linux from the
CD drive.  It finds all my hardware and everything.

It works so well, I am thinking about putting on
several "spare" PC's I have only I really do not
want to make it start from the CD drive each time.

This may be a simple question, I have done no research.
I figure, why bother when I can ask an expert!

If it is possible, what is the best/easiest way to
start my PC with Knoppix and not make it boot from
the CD every time?

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bordergal
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jimbbCommented:
I tried Knoppix a short time ago, it makes a great "demo" CD if you want to test Linux on a system without making any changes to it.

Are you sure this is what you are looking for?  You don't want to do a normal Linux installation onto each computer?

I am not sure what bootloader Knoppix uses (most likely Grub or Lilo), but if it has support for booting from the network then you should be able to keep a single image of the OS on a networked computer and instruct the bootloader to boot from that image.

Some computers even have support for netboot in the BIOS so you wouldn't even need to install a bootloader on the hard drive.

If you confirm that that's what you want to do then we probably can help you do it.
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GnsCommented:
This is straight from the KNOPPIX-FAQ:

Q: Can one also install the distribution from the CD onto a hard drive?

A: In principal, yes (after all, the "master" system also runs on a hard
drive before it is burned to CD). However there is currently no
installation GUI for this, so installation to a hard drive should probably
only be attempted by more knowledgeable Linux users. Assuming the KNOPPIX
system has already booted, installation approximately follows this
procedure:
1.) initialize a free partition with the ext2 file system and mount it on
    /mnt/knoppix, for example.
2.) cp -a /KNOPPIX/* /mnt/knoppix/
3.) set up /mnt/knoppix/etc/fstab and /mnt/knoppix/etc/lilo.conf for the
    new system (Caution: symlinks in /boot initially point to the Ram
     disk!), run lilo.
4.) mkdir /mnt/knoppix/home/knoppix && \
     chown knoppix.knoppix /mnt/knoppix/home/knoppix
5.) Reboot, try the system out, fix any broken settings.
(No guarantees.)

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I'd recommend you to get some other distro though, if you are planning on installing to HD.

-- Glenn
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bordergalAuthor Commented:
jimbb/gns -

both of you seem to feel a different distro would be
better.  care to elaborate/recommend your fav?

bg
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GnsCommented:
I like Mandrake (9) and I don't like RH8 particularily... But it's really mor of a question: a distro meant to be installed to HD than a "live-eval" type.
I'm sure you'll recognize a more recent Debian, since knoppix seems to be based on it.

-- Glenn
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bordergalAuthor Commented:
jimbb/gns -

both of you seem to feel a different distro would be
better.  care to elaborate/recommend your fav?

bg
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GnsCommented:
When you reload this question bordergal, please use the "Reload this question" link near the top. If you use the browsers reload button you repost the form data (and generate a spurious comment).

-- Glen
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AnhLePhuocCommented:
If you like Knoppix then there is no reason to switch to anything else. The new version of Knoppix does allow you to install to a hardisk with sufficient free space by logging in as root and run:
  knx-hdinstall

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GnsCommented:
Great AnhLePhuoc.
Now, *someone* should make the change to the knoppix FAQ:-).

-- Glenn
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bordergalAuthor Commented:
AnnLePhuoc also had a good answer but I do not have the
newer version (YET).

I really appreciate the follow up.

bg
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