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Article from Issue 247/2021

Knoppix 9.1 and Zorin OS 15.3 Core

Knoppix 9.1 (32- and 64-bit)

Knoppix was created by Klaus Knopper, who has also written for Linux Magazine. It was one of the first Debian-derivatives, as well as among the first Live CDs. This month's download is a DVD containing 9GB of compressed software, but it is also available as a much smaller CD.

Knoppix was briefly installable like any disk image, but that option is no longer supported. Instead, Knoppix can be used as a portable operating system. However, it is best known as a rescue drive, with low memory requirements, extensive hardware support, and an asortment of recovery tools. These tools are especially useful on a large flash drive, with extra space for storing files created while running as a Live drive. Lesser-known but equally as impressive is ADRIANE Knoppix, a desktop environment for the sight impaired collected and developed by Klaus Knopper for his wife.

Knoppix is especially popular in Germany, and some of its documentation can take a while to be translated into English and other languages. However, the DVD is worth having around for emergencies and an essential tool for those who need extra assistance in order to interact with their computer. And if you are having trouble with Linux detecting your hardware, Knoppix just might help with your troubleshooting.

Zorin OS 15.3 Core (64-bit)

Zorin is a Debian-derivative known for its attention to aesthetics, like deepin or elementary OS. On the DVD, you'll find Zorin OS Core, the basic distribution, which will satisfy most users. However, if you like what you see here, you might explore Zorin OS 15.3 Lite, Zorin OS 15.3 Education, or the paid version, Zorin OS Ultimate, and decide which best suits your needs.

All these versions share common features. All are based on Ubuntu, with a default Gnome desktop designed to run without the overview page. The result is a very simple desktop environment, reminiscent of Gnome 2, and easy for any computer user to learn. The software is mostly Gnome technology. Should you choose to go beyond Zorin OS Core, you can also change the look of your desktop by imitating Windows, macOS, and other alternatives. All in all, Zorin OS Core is a polished beginner's distribution, allowing those familiar with proprietary operating systems an easy entry into the world of Linux.

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