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First Look: KNOPPIX 5.3.0 - At CeBIT 2008

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Knoppix 5.3, after pausing for a year, was presented at CeBIT, in Hannover, Germany. Our colleagues were there, and got the DVD live-edition that's available with the German c't magazine during the event. The Open Source Audio-Desktop ADRIANE – which is a part of the live distro – was presented by Adriane and Klaus Knopper at CeBIT.

The Live DVD we had was predominantly in German, but it can be changed in English by typing at the boot screen knoppix lang=us followed by your favorite desktop environment, or hit Enter for the default one: KDE 3.5.8. However, the KDE 3.5 desktop doesn't change to English, you will have to go in the KDE Control Center -> Regional and Accessibility -> Country/Region and Language, select US-English, hit Apply and then log out. The system will automatically re-login and voila!

Under the Hood of KNOPPIX 5.3

Let's take a close look under the hood of KNOPPIX 5.3! First of all, it is powered by new technologies such as:

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Torrents for Knoppix 5.3.0 CeBIT edition

You can also download the ~4GB Knoppix 5.3.0 CeBIT edition DVD via BitTorrent from LinuxTracker and the Pirate Bay (don't worry, it's all GPL'd stuff).

AFAICT, the contents of the two DVDs are exactly the same, even though there's a tiny difference in their sizes.

It's in German, so you'll need to use the standard Knoppix cheatcodes "lang=us keyboard=us". Even then, it wants to display KDE's GUI in German, so you'll have to get to the KDE Control Panel to reset the language to English, then restart X Windows.

Finally, there's nothing earth-shaking about the contents. Same old Knoppix DVD with updated packages; it includes everything but the kitchen sink. (See the article above for a partial listing).

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