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KNOPPIX is a bootable "LiveCD/DVD/USB flash drive" GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux made by Klaus Knopper, 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 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).

There are two main editions, available in both English and German.

  • Knoppix was one of the first Live CDs available, and is known as the "original" Debian-based Live CD

KNOPPIX Overview

Items Information & References
Developer Klaus Knopper
First release 1.4, 30/09/2000
Update method Long-term support (LTS)
Compatible hardware
platforms (official)

• i386 (x86-32),
• amd64 (x86-64).

Package format .deb
Package manager • APT (Advanced Packing Tool),
• dpkg (back-end), Aptitude (front-end, graphical used interface, GUI, an ncurses interface for APT),
• Synaptic (GTK-based graphical user interface (software) for APT),
• dselect (computer program usd to manage software packages.
License • Free software licenses(mainly GPL)[1]
KNOPPIX Releases History
KNOPPIX Releases History
Version Release
1.4 2000-09-30 Yes -
1.6 2001-04-26 Yes -
2.1 2002-03-14 Yes -
2.2 2002-05-14 Yes -
3.1 2002-10-01 Yes -
3.2 2003-06-16 Yes -
3.3 2003-09-22 Yes -
3.4 2004-05-17 Yes -
3.5 LinuxTag version 2004-06 Yes
3.6 2004-08-16 Yes -
3.7 2004-12-09 Yes -
3.8 CeBIT version 2005-02-28 Yes -
3.8.1 2005-04-08 Yes -
3.8.2[2] 2005-05-12 Yes -
3.9 2005-06-01 Yes -
4.0 LinuxTag version 2005-06-22 - Yes
4.0 updated 2005-08-16 - Yes
4.0.2 2005-09-23 Yes Yes
5.0 CeBIT version 2006-02-25 - Yes
5.0.1 2006-06-02 Yes Yes
5.1.0 2006-12-30 Yes Yes
5.1.1 2007-01-04 Yes Yes
5.2 CeBIT version 2007-03 - Yes
5.3 CeBIT version 2008-02-12 - Yes
5.3.1 2008-03-26 - Yes
6.0.0 2009-01-28 Yes -
6.0.1 2009-02-08 Yes -
6.1 CeBIT version 2009-02-25 Yes Yes
6.2 / ADRIANE 1.2 2009-11-18 Yes Yes
6.2.1 2010-01-31 Yes Yes
6.3 CeBIT version 2010-03-02 - Yes
6.4.3 2010-12-20 Yes Yes
6.4.4 2011-02-01 Yes Yes
6.5 CeBIT version 2011-03 - Yes
6.7.0 2011-08-03 Yes Yes
6.7.1 2011-09-16 Yes Yes
7.0.1 2012-05-24 - Yes
7.0.2 2012-05-30 - Yes
7.0.3 2012-07-01 Yes Yes
7.0.4 2012-08-20 Yes Yes
7.0.5 2012-12-21 Yes Yes
7.2.0 2013-06-24 Yes Yes
7.4.0 2014-08-07 - Yes
7.4.1 2014-09-15 - Yes
7.4.2 2014-09-28 - Yes
7.5 CeBIT version 2015-03-16 - Yes
7.6.0 2015-11-21 - Yes
7.6.1 2016-01-16 - Yes
7.7.0 CeBIT version 2016-03-14 - Yes
7.7.1 2016-10-27 - Yes
8.0.0 CeBIT version 2017-03-24 - Yes
8.1.0 2017-09-27 - Yes
8.2.0 2018-05-16 - Yes
8.3.0 (DELUG-DVD) 2018-06-07 - Yes
8.5.0 Linux-Magazin / Linux-User edition 2019-03-14 - Yes
8.6.0 2019-08-08 - Yes
8.6.1 2019-11-22 - Yes
9.0 (DELUG-DVD) 2020-03-05 - Yes
9.1 2021-01-25 Yes Yes
9.2 (DELUG-DVD) 2021-04 - Yes
9.3 (DELUG-DVD) 2022-06 - Yes


Active KNOPPIX based distributions

  1. Comunix
  2. Evinux
  3. GIS-Knoppix
  4. Julex
  5. Kaella
  6. Kalango Linux
  7. KnoppMyth
  8. Knoppix STD
  9. mediainLinux
  11. Knoppix CD
  12. PelicanHPC, (ex ParallelKnoppix)
  13. Untangle Gateway

Discontinued KNOPPIX based distributions

  1. Adriane Knoppix
  2. Aleader
  3. Arco-Debian
  4. Augustux
  5. BEERnix
  6. Biadix
  7. Bioknoppix
  8. Condorux
  9. clusterKnoppix
  10. Damn Small Linux (DSL)
  11. DANIX GNU/Linux
  12. EduKnoppix
  13. Feather Linux
  14. Freeduc-cd
  15. Gnoppix, (until 2006), (this is a new generation of the old Gnoppix based Knoppix which was discontinued in 2006).
  16. GNU/Linux Kinneret
  17. INSERT, (Inside Security Rescue Toolkit)
  18. Insigne Linux
  19. KlusTrix
  20. knopILS
  21. Knoppix 64
  22. KnoppiXMANE
  23. KnoSciences
  24. Kurumin
  25. LinuxDefender Live! CD
  26. LiVux
  27. Linux Live Game Project
  28. Monoppix
  29. Morphix
  30. NordisKnoppix
  31. Overclockix
  32. Penguin Sleuth Bootable CD
  33. Pequelin
  34. PilotLinux
  35. ROSLIMS Live CD
  36. Salvare
  37. Shabdix GNU/Linux
  38. Slavix
  39. Slix
  40. SLYNUX
  42. Snøfrix
  43. STD - Security Tools Distribution
  44. SymphonyOS, (ex Symphony OS), (until May 2006, then based on Debian).
  45. Vital Data Forensic or Rescue Kit, (FoRK)
  46. VMKnoppix, formally Xenoppix
  47. WENDYX, a chilean desktop oriented distribution, based on Knoppix, Debian and Big Linux
  48. Whoppix / WHAX: Slax-based GNU/Linux distribution developed by Mati Aharoni, a security consultant. Earlier versions of WHAX were called Whoppix and were based on KNOPPIX 3.6
  49. Xarnoppix
  50. YES Linux
  51. Zen Linux
  52. Zopix


Morphix is a discontinued modular[3] LiveCD distribution, based on KNOPPIX.

  • Modular: Means that it consisted of several parts (modules) which together formed the functional distribution.
Discontiued Morphix based distirbutions
  1. Aquamorph, (based on Morphix Lightgui edition.)
  2. Clusterix
  3. Freeduc-Sup
  4. GNIX-Vivo
  5. GNUStep LiveCD
  6. Mockup
  7. NepaLinux
  8. PHLAK
  9. Slo-Tech Linux
  10. Soyombo Mongolian Linux
  11. Tablix on Morphix

Damn Small Linux

Damn Small Linux (DSL), is a discontinued GNU/distribution based on KNOPPIX.

It takes less than 50 MB (LiveCD) and is optimized for the i386 platform. The window manager in this distribution was both JWM and Fluxbox.

Damn Small Linux had a nearly complete desktop, including XMMS (MP3, and MPEG), FTP client, links-hacked web browser, spreadsheet, email, spellcheck (US English), a word-processor, three editors (Nedit, nVi, Zile [emacs clone]), Xpdf, Worker (file manager), Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC), VNCviwer, SSH/SCP server and client, DHCP client, PPP, PPPoE, a web server, calculator, Fluxbox window manager, system monitoring apps, USB support, and soon it will have PCMCIA support as well.

Active Damn Small Linux based distirbutions
  1. Tiny Core Linux, an independent distribution, forked from Damn Small Linux.
Discontinued Damn Small Linux based distirbutions
  1. Hikarunix
  2. Flonix

Feather Linux

Feather Linux is a discontinued distribution based on KNOPPIX (a remastering of KNOPPIX) created by Robert Sullivan, that ran entirely from a CD or USB flash drive and took up less than 128 MB of space, and attempted to include software that most people would use every day on their desktop.

It booted from a CD or USB flash drive, in a Fluxbox desktop environment and ran in live mode, but a hard disk installation option was also available. It could run on a 486 or higher, and required 16MB RAM to run on the console, and 24MB RAM to run the X server.

The Feather Linux iso image included a set of applications for many tasks, such as: Firefox, Gaim, AbiWord, MPlayer with all necessary plugins, XMMS with a handful of plugins, Sylpheed, AbiWord, Pidgin, Rox-filer, and much more.

Because it was based on KNOPPIX (and Debian), Feather offers Synaptic for package management.

  • The last release 0.7.5 was released on 04/07/2005.

Discontinued Feather Linux based distributions
  1. Featherweight Linux: It was an installable LiveCD based on Feather Linux, created by Roland Meinsler, remastered from Feather Linux which was built on KNOPPIX. It is a full featured distribution with a small foot print that is light and fast, even on older machines. It features a minimal KDE desktop instead of Fluxbox (the Feather Linux default desktop) and a set of pre-installed applications for daily use.

Featherweight is intended for novice users with “some” Linux experience, intermediate users, and experienced Linux users alike.

  • The latest version of the Featherweight was 1.3 released in 27/09/2005.


clusterKnoppix, is a discontinued GNU/Linux distribution based on KNOPPIX, using the openMosix kernel. Features: openMosix terminal server - uses PXE, DHCP and TFTP to boot Linux clients via the network; no CD-ROM drive, hard disk or floppy disk needed for the clients openMosix auto-discovery - new nodes automatically join the cluster (no configuration needed); cluster management tools; every node has root access to every other node via SSH and RSA keys; every node can run full-blown X or console only.

Discontinued clusterKnoppix based distributions
  1. Quantian Linux

Kurumin Linux

Kurumin Linux is a brazilian discontinued GNU/Linux distribution, created by Carlos Morimoto, initially based on KNOPPIX, until version 7.0, and later on Ubuntu. The latest version of Kurumin NG 8.06 was based on Ubuntu 8.04, released on 24/06/2008. It was discontinued on January 29, 2009.

Its main features is a hardware auto-detection and full support for Brazilian Portuguese. It uses the KDE desktop environment as default.

Kurumin offered solid hardware detection accuracy and runs natively as a live CD, and is much easier to install on a hard disk than Knoppix thanks to a set of installation scripts that greatly ease the pain in the process. Kurumin came out of the box with over 400 small scripts, most of them integrated into Clica-Aki, Kurumin's control panel, intended to ease some of the common configuration tasks, such as setting up a server, installing softmodems and wireless adapters, and installing new software.

Discontinued Kurumin Linux based distributions
  1. Big Linux (currently based on Manjaro Linux)
  2. Dizinha Linux (optimised for slow computers)
  3. GEOLivre Linux
  4. Famelix
  5. Kalango Linux
  6. Kurumin-Edukando
  7. Ibabaquara
  8. Mothux Linux
  9. MPUnix
  10. Poseidon Linux
  11. Tatui linux, (maintained by a group of fans from the Brazilian town of Rio das Ostras)
  12. TupiServer Linux