Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 03:29:16 +0000
Subject: [linux-consultants] Knoppix "man on the street" FAQ
on Fri, Feb 14, 2003 at 12:05:57AM +0000, Karsten M. Self
> ...or woman.
> I mentioned I'd burned a spool of Knoppix disks for distribution.
> Hoping to head off some of the obvious questions at the pass, I've
> written a short FAQ intended to be slipped into the sleeve with the
> disk itself. Questions follow, comments appreciated.
Updated FAQ, comments appreciated. Also layout suggestions -- this needs to fit 4-7/8 x 9-3/4, double-sided.
Knoppix Bootable Live Linux Desktop Demo
1. Q: What is this?
A: This is a bootable Linux demo CD that does not modify the existing operating system on your hard drive. Now you can try Linux without changing anything on your computer, or configuring anything. It Just Works[tm].
2. Q: How do I use it?
A: Put the CD in your system's CDROM drive and reboot. Knoppix will start and automatically configure itself to your hardware within a minute or two, starting a desktop and web browser with information about Knoppix. This disk provides over 1200 software packages totalling a little over 2GB.
3. Q: What are the requirements to run this?
A: Intel or compatible 486 CPU or better, 96 MB RAM, and a bootable CD-ROM drive.
4. Q: Will this work on my Macintosh?
5. Q: What can I do with it?
A: Your imagination is the limit: learn Linux, rescue sick computers, perform system and network diagnostics, provide an emergency or portable desktop, install Linux, make copies and give them to friends. Or if you're short of AOL disks, it makes a handy coaster.
6. Q: Will it change anything on my computer?
A: No. Not unless you ask it to. Knoppix itself won't write to or change your hard drive. The tools to do this are available, so you can write to your hard drive and even do significant damage to your system if you chose, though this would require deliberate actions -- you're very unlikely to do this by accident.
7. Q: Can I copy this disk?
A: Yes! Please do! Knoppix can be freely copied and distributed.
8. Q: Where can I get more information about Knoppix or
A: There are browseable documents on the CD, which will be open when Knoppix starts up, or can be read from most MS Windows or Macintosh computers. You can find more information at http://www.knoppix.net/ Live
IRC support may be found at at irc:irc.freenode.net/#knoppix. Groups of Linux Users Everywhere (GLUE) lists many local Linux user groups:
9. Q: How can I verify the disk contents?
A: This CD image was downloaded from http://www.knoppix.net/get.php Images and verification checksums are recorded at that site.
10. Q: I can't boot the CD. Now what?
A: Most likely the problem is your system isn't configured to boot from CD. You will need to configure this in your system's BIOS. Some older CDROM drives can't read CDRW media; you should be able to verify this by trying to read the disk from your standard OS. For further information, see your system documentation or the support references listed above. Some laptop video may not be supported, most desktop PCs work very well.
11. Q: What does it cost? What do I have to buy?
A: Nothing. Really.
12. Q: Is there a warranty or guarantee?
A: No: THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
13. Q: Who are you? Why are you doing this?
A: Just another Linux fan. See contact information on the back of this insert. I've been using Linux for a while, and think Knoppix a good tool for giving risk-free Linux demonstrations to people.
Karsten M. Self (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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