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Knoppix is a portable Linux distribution with a collection of hundreds of programs and utilities--a veritable Swiss Army knife in CD form. This practical and flexible Linux distribution runs on the fly from a single CD with no need to install anything to your hard drive. Knoppix's excellent hardware detection, collection of programs, and ease of use help explain why Knoppix is radically changing the face of Linux. Though Knoppix is the most popular live CD Linux distribution available, until now there have been no books on the topic. A weighty theoretical tome or a book for dummies won't do--the perfect Knoppix book, like Knoppix itself, must be as useful and clever as a Swiss Army knife. Clearly, Knoppix calls for an O'Reilly Hacks book. Knoppix Hacks is a collection of one hundred industrial-strength hacks for new Linux users, power users, and system administers using--or considering using--the Knoppix Live CD. These tips and tools show how to use the enormous amount of software on this CD to troubleshoot, repair, upgrade, disinfect, and generally be productive without Windows.

With Knoppix you can: Test drive a Linux desktop without the need to install Linux Troubleshoot and repair Linux and Windows systems Create a thin client network with just one CD Replace a web server or firewall in an emergency Perform a security audit on your entire network Virus scan a Windows computer from the safety of Linux Customize Knoppix for personal or business use Easily install the popular Debian GNU/Linux distribution with all of your hardware detected and configured Knoppix Hacks provides ingenious fixes, clever customizations, and time and resource-saving tips. If you want more than the average Knoppix user, this invaluable book is a must-have.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Kyle is a systems administrator for The Green Sheet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users' Group, and the author of Knoppix Hacks. Kyle has been using Linux in one form or another since early 1998. In his free time he does pretty much the same thing he does at work--work with Linux.

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"Knoppix Hacks" ist ein neues Buch aus der O'Reilly Hacks Serie mit 100 Hacks (= Tips und Tricks zu einem speziellen Thema / Problem gut aufbereitet) über Knoppix. "Knoppix Hacks" hat die folgenden Kapitel:
- Boot Knoppix
- Use Your Knoppix Desktop
- Tweak Your Desktop
- Install Linux with Knoppix
- Put Knoppix in Your Toolbox
- Repair Linux
- Rescue Windows
- Knoppix Reloaded
- Knoppix Remastered
Bei "Knoppix Hacks" handelt es sich um ein fortgeschrittenen Buch für Leute mit Linux / UNIX Vorkenntnissen. Dem Buch liegt eine Knoppix CD mit der Knoppix Version 3.4 bei.
"Knoppix Hacks" ist das dritte Buch zum Thema Knoppix, das ich gelesen habe. Die beiden deutschen Bücher vor diesem Buch waren für mich eher eine Enttäuschung (zu flach, zu wenig, flasche Zielgruppe). Ich persönlich will Knoppix nicht als Live CD zum Testen von Linux verwenden. Ich habe Linux im Einsatz. Meine Ausrichtung ist eher die Rettungs-CD. Aus diesem Grund sind die mittleren Kapitel (toolbox, repair und rescue) für mit am interessantesten gewesen. Spannend waren auch Teile des vorletzten Kapitels für mich, da dort Knoppix Derivate mit speziellem Focus besprochen werden. Gerade zum Focus als Netzwerk Security Scanner gibt es dort einige tolle Hinweise.
Zusätzlich zum hohen Nutzwert dieses Buches, fand ich den Stil sehr gut lesbar und klasse geschrieben. Persöhnlich mag ich die kurzen Artikel ( = Hacks), die in sich abgeschlossen sind und in "Knoppix Hacks" für mich die richtige Kombination zwischen Hintergrundinformationen und Beispielen der Anwendung enthalten.
Wenn man sich ein Knoppix Buch kaufen will und nicht vor der Englischen Sprache zurückschreckt, sollte man meiner Meinung nach dieses Buch kaufen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow... this book blew me away... 9. November 2004
Von Thomas Duff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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OK... I'm impressed! I just finished reading Knoppix Hacks by Kyle Rankin (O'Reilly), and I really didn't have a clue as to the power of Knoppix...

Chapter List: Boot Knoppix; Use Your Knoppix Desktop; Tweak Your Desktop; Install Linux With Knoppix; Put Knoppix In Your Toolbox; Repair Linux; Rescue Windows; Knoppix Reloaded; Knoppix Remastered; Index

I'm going to guess I'm like most non-Linux junkies when I say that I had heard of Knoppix and thought I knew what it was. It's a distribution of Linux that runs from a CD, and allows you to load Linux on a computer without installing anything. Just boot from the CD and five minutes later you're running Linux. Remove the CD and reboot, and you're back to your original configuration. A nice safe way to play with Linux and decide if you want to go any further. End of story.

Wrong...

In Knoppix Hacks, Rankin covers 100 "hacks" that you can do with the Knoppix distribution. Beyond just trying out Linux, I quickly learned that a Knoppix CD is like a Swiss Army knife of tools that you can use to do all sorts of cool things. You learn in the first chapter how you can launch Knoppix to load up in a number of different configurations. Using Hack #8, you can use Knoppix to find out if your laptop is going to work well with Linux before loading it for good. But the further you get into the book, the more Knoppix becomes a safety net the likes of which you may never have realized. Hack #41 covers using Knoppix to build an emergency file server, and #42 is how to build an emergency web server. Chapter 6 goes into how Knoppix can be used to repair existing Linux installs, like #59 where you rescue files from damaged hard drives. Even if you're a Windows person, you can use Knoppix to repair Windows installations, like with hack #79 which shows you how to download Window patches securely. He even covers how to build your own custom version of Knoppix with Linux software selections that are important to you. The book comes with a Knoppix CD, so you can try out many of the hacks without having to go hunting for a Knoppix download.

This is probably the first Hacks title that transcends the Hacks philosophy and becomes a "user manual" on Knoppix. There just isn't anything out on the market like this book, and once you read the material you quickly realize how much you've been missing by not having a Knoppix CD in your CD case.

This is an incredible book on an incredible tool that is much more than what meets the eye. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book for sysadmins 11. November 2004
Von Mary Norbury-Glaser - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The publishers' blurb on the back cover describes Knoppix as "a veritable Swiss Army knife in CD form". Knoppix Hacks by Kyle Rankin is no less astounding in revealing the hidden versatility and power inherent in this unassuming tool.

Most Linux players will recognize Knoppix even if they've never given it a whirl but this book goes beyond the simple "how to create and boot from a Knoppix Linux Live CD". Rankin displays the raw power that lies beneath the surface of simply running a clean distro of GNU/Linux free from fear of installation issues.

Proper Knoppix volumes are lacking in the wild, with mere chapters in general Linux books dedicated to larger issues for both the novice and the intermediate user. One or two Knoppix books are out there and one by Samuel Hart is in press (Knoppix Komplete) but what sets Knoppix Hacks apart is not the sheer dearth of books available on the subject but Rankin's skill in exposing the underutilized potential in the Knoppix tool set.

This book begins with a forward by Klaus Knopper, creator of Knoppix. It's always entertaining and enlightening to read a first hand account of some clever soul's chance involvement with an "experiment" that turned out so wildly successful and this is no exception. The "Knoppix Story" is engaging and leaves the reader with a sense of awe at the ingenuity of this dedicated and resourceful individual.

Rankin has collected a "who's who" of Linux hackers to contribute to this book: John Andrews, creator of Damn Small Linux; Fabian Franz, creator of FreeNX server; Alex de Landgraaf, creator of Morphix; Simon Peter, developer of klik; Wim Vandersmissen, creator of ClusterKnoppix and many others no less accomplished, all of whom have contributed to the future of free software/open source development.

As is expected with the O'Reilly Hacks series of books, the chapters are structured with clean typographical conventions identifying URLs, directory/folder/file names, code examples and excerpts, sample text delineation and cross-references. Tips and warnings are clearly identified with pushpin and screw graphics, respectively, and indented. There are a helpful number of tips without getting too overwhelming or annoying by breaking the flow of the text. The thermometer icons next to each hack indicate the level of expertise required: beginner, moderate and expert. Screen shots are placed where needed but again, the reader isn't left distracted by unnecessary filler.

The nine chapters cover hacks ranging from beginner to expert: Boot Knoppix, Use your Knoppix Desktop, Tweak Your Desktop, Install Linux with Knoppix, Put Knoppix in Your Toolbox, Repair Linux, Rescue Windows, Knoppix Reloaded and Knoppix Remastered. The book includes a CD with v.3.4 of Knoppix (3.6 having just been released but the author wisely chooses to stay with the tried, true and debugged version).

The first two chapters are pitched to beginners, with Chapter 1, Boot Knoppix, leaping directly into downloading Knoppix and creating a bootable CD. It then covers "cheat codes" - options passed at the boot: prompt to work around hardware detection and support failures. Tweaking X settings, desktop and laptop scenarios, language settings and optimizing the Knoppix CD are also included here. Chapter 2 introduces details of the KDE desktop and encourages the reader to become familiar with the Knoppix desktop, the applications included and connecting to the Internet (even via GPRS over Bluetooth!).

Chapter 3 concentrates on saving settings and documents, using Knoppix as a kiosk or terminal server to boot multiple computers over a network from the same Knoppix CD, and how to use the live installer feature to add extra packages directly to ramdisk.

Chapter 4 covers the inevitable situation when you will find yourself using Knoppix so often that you decide to install it onto your hard drive. Rankin includes single and dual boot system installs.

Chapter 5, Put Knoppix in Your Toolbox is where admins should head. The full list of 15 indispensable hacks in this chapter include running remote desktops via rdesktop or xvncviewer, running X remotely with FreeNX, browse Windows shares, create an emergency router, emergency file or web server, wardriving with Knoppix (including how to capture GPS coordinates along with data!), audit network security, check for root kits, collect forensics data, clone hard drives, wipe hard drives, test hardware compatibility, and copy settings to other distributions.

Repair Linux in Chapter 6 is for those of us who spend a lot of time "breaking" things in the course of experimenting and need to recover the system. Rankin shows hacks for repairing both lilo and grub, how to: back up and restore the MBR, find lost partitions, resize linux partitions, repair damaged file systems, recover deleted files, rescue files from damaged hard drives, backup and restore, migrate to a new hard drive, create Linux software RAID, reset Linux passwords, repair Debian and RPM packages, and copy a working kernel. We will always break something along the way and these hacks help minimize the frustration.

Chapter 7, Rescue Windows...well, need I say more?? Put these hacks into practice and you'll probably be using them every day. Use Knoppix to: fix the Windows boot selector, backup files and settings, write to NTFS, resize Windows partitions, reset lost NT passwords, edit the Windows registry, restore corrupted system files, scan for viruses and download Windows patches securely. A must for any systems administrators with ubiquitous Windows machines lurking everywhere.

Knoppix Reloaded, in Chapter 8, takes on Knoppix variants Morphix, Gnoppix, Mediainlinux, Freeduc, Damn, Small Linux, INSERT, L.A.S. Linux, Knoppix-STD, distccKnoppix, ClusterKnoppix, Quantian, GIS Knoppix and KnoppMyth. There is also a well-deserved pitch at the conclusion of this chapter to become a Knoppix developer and contribute to the ongoing work.

The final chapter includes 7 hacks that help the reader create their own customized Knoppix CD. Knoppix Remastered walks the reader through the steps of customizing and personalizing a live CD.

This is one of the most fun books I've read in a long time. A few of the easier hacks can be found on Knoppix.net or elsewhere but I think Rankin has managed to put the majority of Knoppix related material in one book that could be subtitled the "First Knoppix Manual". The admin hacks, in particular, will add a whole new arsenal of Knoppix wonders to an admin's repertoire. Kudos to O'Reilly for publishing such an outstanding volume, to Rankin for compiling some damn useful material and to MacGyver for inspiring many of us to look for simple solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must Have Book For Any Administrator 21. Februar 2005
Von sixmonkeyjungle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Any network or security administrator that has been around for awhile has their personal "toolbox" of go-to utilities and applications that they use for isolating and troubleshooting problems or just for maintenance and upkeep. Knoppix should definitely be in every administrator's bag of tricks.

The compact disc that comes with the book includes a bootable version of Knoppix along with useful tools and utilities to help you perform an array of tasks. Knoppix is as versatile as it is powerful and the "100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools" in this book will help you to understand and apply both the versatility and power of this great tool.

Just by booting a computer using the Knoppix CD you can perform a diverse range of tasks including setting up an emergency router, auditing network security, checking the system for root kits, resizing hard drive partitions, restoring deleted or corruped data and more. For Windows systems in particular, there is a tip to use Knoppix to safely download patches on a vulnerable machine and then reboot into Windows to apply the patch offline.

In the limited space I have, I can't really do the book justice. if you are an administrator, you need this book. Go get it.

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9 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Intro to this Excellent Tool 10. September 2005
Von duanez - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Knoppix Hacks is a well-organized gettting-started guide to using Knoppix in everyday computer work. Whether you want a guide to using Knoppix to have a no-installation-required way to try out Linux on your PC or need a serious troubleshooting and diagnostic tool for everyday use; this book covers it all. The book is well organized; it even has a section on customizing Knoppix for your own use.

The only disappointment is that the CD is for version 3.4; there are much newer versions available online and I recommend you use one of those rather than the CD that comes with the book. All of the things that I have tried from the book work equally well with the newer versions.
7 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Bootable linux 11. Dezember 2004
Von W Boudville - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Knoppix is and surely will only ever be a niche product. But what a niche. To some people, there is a compelling fascination with being able to carry around the essence of a computer in a CD. Much less riskier than losing or damaging an entire computer. Plus the fact that a Knoppix version is usually a sturdy, stable linux, can also be appealing.

If this captures your interest, then many of the hacks will be germane. They show some of the possibilities in booting Knoppix up. Like having your Knoppix desktop environment always with you when you work on a computer.

But the book also shows a second allure of Knoppix. Not to the wandering user, but to the sysadmin. Knoppix gives you a bootable linux that can be used to diagnose and [hopefully] repair linux partitions on a disk. These could be mission critical tasks, and it is really nice to be able to do the hacks in the Repair Linux chapter. Most notably recovering deleted files or retrieving files from damaged disks. There are companies that can do the latter. But usually at exorbitant rates. Knoppix is cheaper as a first pass on that problem.
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