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Knoppix Hacks: Tips and Tools for Using the Linux Live CD to Hack, Repair, and Enjoy Your PC Paperback – November 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0596514938 ISBN-10: 059651493X Edition: Second Edition

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About the Author

Kyle Rankin is a system administrator for QuinStreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users Group, and the author of "Knoppix Hacks", "Knoppix Pocket Reference", and "Linux Multimedia Hacks" (all from O'Reilly). Kyle has been using Linux in one form or another since early 1998. In his free time, he either writes or does pretty much the same thing he does at work: works with Linux.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059651493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514938
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am a senior systems administrator and DevOps engineer, the author of DevOps Troubleshooting, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, Ubuntu Hacks, Linux Multimedia Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference and Knoppix Hacks among other books, and an award-winning columnist for Linux Journal magazine. I speak frequently on Open Source software including at SCaLE, OSCON, Linux World Expo, Penguicon, and a number of Linux Users' Groups. I started using Linux in 1998 with Redhat 5.1 and continue to use Linux as my primary desktop and server platform (although these days I use Ubuntu, Debian and Red Hat).

In my free time I do much of what I do at work--play with Linux and computers in general, although these days a good deal of my free time might also be spent writing. I'm also interested in brewing, BBQing, playing the banjo, 3D printing and far too many other hobbies.

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It is an excellent resource for learning Linux.
George G. Geller
From basic administration to desktop tweaks to file I/O work to playing with Windows, it's all here.
Dan McKinnon
What I want is a thin streamlined Linux and I think I've found it with the help of this book.
Bob Maxland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George G. Geller on December 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Like all the O'Reilly hack books, Knoppix Hacks consists of a collection of recipes for carrying out a variety of tasks. The overwhelming majority of the recipes stand on their own, so you can use them without reading the rest of the book.

The Knoppix version 5.1.1 DVD is included with the book. Since Knoppix is a live-boot DVD, arguably the premier live-boot DVD, you don't have to modify your system's hard disk in order to try out most of the ideas in the book. This makes for a great environment for experimentation and learning. You have a sandbox in RAM where you can play with new concepts and commands without messing up your hard disk.

In this reviewer's opinion, Knoppix Hacks 2nd edition is one of the very best computer books available, and belongs in the library of every technically-inclined PC owner.

Full Disclosure: The publisher, O'Reilly, gives many books to Kernel-Panic Linux Users Group for review. I am a founding member of the group and am currently serving as its treasurer. The review copy of Knoppix Hacks went to another member, and I purchased my own copy. A more complete review and errata is available on my website.

Pros:

This book is well-organized, well-written, and has both depth and breadth. It is an excellent resource for learning Linux. Although many of the recipes cover advanced topics, they are relatively easy to follow in part because they start with the system in a known state -- booted from the included Knoppix DVD.

Knoppix Hacks covers everything from familiarizing you with the KDE desktop, to mastering your own customized Knoppix DVD. Two examples: Do you want to learn the basics of Linux system administration? Read Chapter 5, "Put Knoppix in Your Toolbox".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Maxland on November 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I had heard that Knoppix would allow the installation of OS' without the need to leave the parent process -- something I couldn't figure out. I browsed this book and saw the many intriguing options Knoppix had to offer. After buying (at full retail) I immediately tried the options.

I was able to get my Nvidia card synced up to my SyncMaster at 1680x1050 with depth of 24...AND...it is persistent. For that alone, the book paid for itself.

At the moment, I'm finding, with the help of this book, that Knoppix may be the do-all system I've been searching for. Currently, I'm running Ubuntu 7.10 and LinuxMint. What I want is a thin streamlined Linux and I think I've found it with the help of this book.

BTW, some of the files pointed to in the book do not exists but can be found on the net.

Highly Recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on April 14, 2008
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Knoppix is an outstanding programming achievement, allowing users to boot Linux from CD/DVD without installation (WITHOUT installation?!?). Also contained in the Knoppix package is a whole slew of open source tools and other favorite goodies that any Linux programmer might want to use and learn from. Knoppix has so many tasties and fun stuff present that content wasn't the problem, instead navigating through all this had to offer was the only issue. With 'Knoppix Hacks: Tips and Tools for Using the Linux Live CD to Hack, Repair, and Enjoy Your PC' those days of navigating through Knoppix have come to an end. Jam packed with 120 tips and tricks of the trade, you will learn it all. From basic administration to desktop tweaks to file I/O work to playing with Windows, it's all here. If you are a Linux lover that wants to learn what Knoppix can do for you or you simply are a weekend computer warrior that wants to take it to the next level, this is a great guide, written in the classic spirit of past 'Hacks' books by O'Reilly.

***** RECOMMENDED
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurence S. Martin on August 30, 2009
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Knoppix is an excellent repair tool. I recently removed USB drive viruses from Windows XP and Windows Vista Business. I used the CD that accompanied the book
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