The next essential step is to get your Knoppix system connected to the
Internet and/or your network. This is a fairly painless procedure, as with
recent versions of Windows.
If you use cable Internet, a home router or other Internet sharing device,
all you need to do is configure your network adaptor within Linux. If your
router uses DHCP to assign IP addresses to your home network, chances are you
are already connected, since Knoppix defaults all Ethernet adaptors to find an
address automatically just as Windows does. If you need to set your
network adaptor manually, click on the Penguin icon on the taskbar, then choose
'network/Internet' and 'network card configuration.' A series of dialog
boxes will open up prompting you for the correct settings.
Once you have entered the correct settings, you can use
one of several web browsers built into the CD including Mozilla, Konqueror and Lynx. Look in the 'Internet' section of the menu to find these programs
or use the taskbar shortcuts for Mozilla and Konqueror. If you are
using DSL or a modem connection, you can use the included configuration utilities to
set up your connection easily.
Getting to work: OpenOffice, GIMP,
Knoppix is a great showcase for Linux productivity
applications, since it contains almost all of the most popular ones, including
the OpenOffice suite and
the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) graphics and
photo-editing program. Give these a spin and see how you like them.
Both are open source, have huge online communities of enthusiastic users and
have Windows versions available if you find you like them.
Browse through the start menu to find an assortment of other essential
programs, from media players to text editors. No matter what you wish to
accomplish, chances are Knoppix has something installed that will do it.
One thing you will notice about using major application
like OpenOffice with Knoppix and other 'live' CD distributions of Linux is that
loading times can be quite slow. This is not due to Linux itself, but is because
the entire application needs to be uncompressed into main memory from the CD,
which is considerably slower than your hard disk. In a full (hard drive based)
Linux installation, applications are loaded fully from the hard disk as in
Windows XP, so this slowdown is not a
This is one of the unfortunate sacrifices you make for
the flexibility of a 'live' operating system you can take anywhere. For a
lightweight portable version of Linux without the slow load times (though
without a lot of the cool software) check out Puppy Linux
We hope you've enjoyed the first of PCstats' Linux guides... If all went well, you
should be a lot more familiar with the way the KDE desktop and the Linux file
system operate. By now you should have a fair idea of whether you
wish to proceed further with the Linux operating system. If so, our next
guide will cover installing a hard-drive resident version of Linux.
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