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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
This week, following the review of SimplyMEPIS 11, I will be looking at the latest Kanotix release. Kanotix is one of the older Debian derivatives and was inspired by the Knoppix Live distribution, also based on Debian, for which the founder 'Kano' had his own ideas how to improve it, like adding a hard drive installer. Knoppix was at the time using KDE as the main desktop but has changed since to LXDE.
Earlier Kanotix releases were based on Debian Sid. With the last official release in December 2005 the project went into a phase of semi-hibernation in which until 2007 several Release Candidates were issued. In the following period kernel updates and backports were made available, and it seems some experimentation went into customizing for netbook and laptop use. Read more on Wikipedia. Kanotix reemerged in June 2010 with a new release and is now based on Debian Stable. The current stable version was released in May on the occasion of LinuxTag 2011 in Berlin.