Knoppix 8.6 Released

Aug 20, 2019

The latest version of the classic Live Linux comes with KDE Plasma 5.

Klaus Knopper has announced the release of the latest version of the Knoppix Live GNU/Linux distribution. Knoppix is a classic Live Linux that is often used to repair and restart downed Linux and Windows systems.

Version 8.6 of Knoppix is based on Debian/stable (buster), with some packages from Debian/testing and unstable (sid) for newer graphics drivers or desktop software packages. Knoppix uses Linux kernel 5.2.5 and Xorg 7.7 (core 1.20.4) for supporting current computer hardware.

Knoppix is suitable for both new and old hardware. “Both 32-bit and 64-bit kernels are included for supporting both old and new computers; the 64-bit version also supports systems with more than 4GB of RAM and chroot to 64-bit installations for system rescue tasks. The bootloader will start the 64-bit kernel automatically if a 64-bit-capable CPU is detected,” according to the release notes.

The latest Knoppix comes with a boatload of packages pre-installed, including the GNOME 3 and KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments and the Wine 4.0 compatibility tool for supporting Windows applications.

Knoppix 8.6 is available for free download.

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