Ten Years On

Happy Birthday Knoppix 6.4

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Ten is a fair age for a Linux distribution that doesn’t have massive staff resources to back it up. Klaus Knopper looks back with a sense of satisfaction after just having compiled version 6.4. As a tribute to the community, this version includes only free software.

When the Knoppix 6.0 CD hit the repositories in 2009, users had many reactions: “Back to the command line?” “I always said Unix was an operating system for geeks.” “Help, my computer’s talking to me!” What had happened? Klaus Knopper had simply set the talking Adriane menu for visually impaired users [1] as the default boot menu, which confused the majority of sighted users.

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