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With so many distros available, why make another? With so many distros available, why make another?
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We'll start by looking at how the pieces of a distro fit together, the customisations and changes you can make, and then get hands-on with a full overhaul of Knoppix. We'll also take a look at Morphix (a Knoppix variant, files for which are on the coverdisc) together some other options. So, roll up your sleeves and let's go! We'll start by looking at how the pieces of a distro fit together, the customisations and changes you can make, and then get hands-on with a full overhaul of Knoppix. We'll also take a look at Morphix (a Knoppix variant, files for which are on the coverdisc) together some other options. So, roll up your sleeves and let's go!
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Why make yet another distro?

With so many distros available, why make another?

  • Choice: Maybe none of the other distros fit your needs exactly. Perhaps you like Knoppix, for example, but want to remove bloated program A, add in lightweight program B and have a funky penguin backdrop. You can create a distro with what you want, and where you want it.
  • Learning experience: Understanding how a distro fits together, what vendors do to tweak their distros, and the obstacles along the way is valuable knowledge - especially if you ever plan to help out with a distro project.
  • Advocacy: If you're promoting a Linux-only software project, and would like to demonstrate it to Windows users, creating a themed Live CD containing your app is ideal. Similarly, if you're just advocating Linux in general, you can build a distro with a strong focus on your goals.


We'll start by looking at how the pieces of a distro fit together, the customisations and changes you can make, and then get hands-on with a full overhaul of Knoppix. We'll also take a look at Morphix (a Knoppix variant, files for which are on the coverdisc) together some other options. So, roll up your sleeves and let's go!