Congratulations on your decision to explore the copy of Linux that has been included with this book. This a CD bootable version of Linux that has been stored as an ISO file. An ISO file is a complete version of a CD. This version of Linux can be booted from a CD which makes it a great way to learn more about the tools discussed in the book. No installation to your hard drive is required.
To convert and use the ISO file on this CD-ROM to a CD that can be booted in your computer, you will need:
There are a variety of Windows programs that will convert an ISO into a bootable CD-ROM, including: Nero Ultra Edition, ISO Recorder Power Toy, and Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite. If you have access to a Mac OS X or Unix/Unix-like workstation, these tools already exist in the base operating system.
While Windows XP has a built-in CD burning program, it will not convert the ISO to a bootable CD. You can download and install the ISO Recorder Power Toy (listed above) which will "activate" the capability in Windows XP.
While not recommended, you can permanently install this version of Linux on your hard drive. Two scripts found on the ISO can be used to accomplish this, knx-hdinstall and knoppix-installer. Please review the Knoppix website at www.knoppix-std.org for more detailed information.