KNOPPIX is a bootable Live system on DVD, consisting of a representative collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a productive Linux system for the desktop, educational DVD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the DVD can have up to 10 GB of executable software installed on it.
A variety of software packages from the Debian software repositories is installed. The CD version contains at least:
The DVD version contains additional software packages for office productivity as well as software development and engineering (various programming languages and development environments), education and gaming.