Alternatives to Knoppix for all platforms with any license

  • Ubuntu icon

    Ubuntu

    Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Hiren's BootCD icon

    Hiren's BootCD

    Hiren's BootCD (HBCD) is a completely free bootable CD that contains a load of useful tools you can make use of in a variety of situations like analyzing, recovering and fixing your computer even if the primary operating system...

    Free Personal Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project is not actively being developed. Although it is still working and well, last version, 15.2, was released in 2012.
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    Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is designed for low-powered computers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work, Xubuntu is prepackaged with all the applications...

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted Debian

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    openSUSE

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose distribution. It is aimed towards users and developers working on...

    Open Source Linux

  • Kubuntu icon

    Kubuntu

    Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment instead of the default GNOME . This gives it a completely different look and feel. Kubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide...

    Open Source Linux

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    Chromium OS

    Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. The only application on the operating system is a web browser, which includes a media player. The user interface takes a...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Raspbian icon

    Raspbian

    Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and optimised for the Raspberry Pi hardware (the armhf processor architecture).

    Open Source Linux Raspberry Pi

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    SystemRescueCd

    SystemRescueCd is a Linux system rescue disk available as a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash. It aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer...

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted

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  • Ultimate Boot CD icon

    Ultimate Boot CD

    The last Boot CD you'll ever need. You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to: Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives. More and more PCs are shipped without floppy drives these days, and it is such a royal...

    Free Windows Linux

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  • FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD icon

    FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD

    F4UBCD, FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD, will be the last Boot CD you'll ever need. Based of off Hiren's 13.0 Rebuilt, this BootCD includes extra features including MS Diagnostic and Recovery Tools (DaRT), both versions...

    Free Windows Self-Hosted

    • Discontinued FalconFour seems to be abandoned, no more updates since 2013.
  • Offline NT Password & Registry Editor icon

    Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

    Windows stores its user information, including crypted versions of the passwords, in a file called 'sam', usually found in \windows\system32\config. This file is a part of the registry, in a binary format previously...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • Windows Preinstallation Environment icon

    Windows Preinstallation Environment

    What's Windows PE (WinPE)? It's a small operating system used to install, deploy, and repair Windows. From Windows PE, you can: Set up your hard drive before installing Windows. Install Windows by using apps or scripts...

    Free Windows Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)

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  • BartPE icon

    BartPE

    Barts PE Builder helps you build a BartPE (Bart Preinstalled Environment) bootable Windows CD-Rom or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC maintenance tasks. BartPE...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The project has been removed from the posted site. Last version, 3.1.10a, released on February 17, 2006, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine
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    MobaLiveCD

    MobaLiveCD is a freeware that will run your Linux LiveCD on Windows thanks to the excellent emulator called "Qemu". MobaLiveCD allows you to test your LiveCD with a single click : after downloading the ISO image file of...

    Open Source Windows

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  • Whonix icon

    Whonix

    Whonix aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity by helping you use your applications anonymously. A web browser, IRC client, word processor, and more come pre-configured with security in mind. It is a complete operating...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Parrot Security OS icon

    Parrot Security OS

    Parrot Security OS is a pentesting GNU/Linux distribution made to perform penetration tests, Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation, Computer Forensics and Anonymous Surfing.

    Open Source Linux

  • Wifislax icon

    Wifislax

    Wifislax is a Slackware-based live CD containing a variety of security and forensics tools.

    Open Source Linux

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  • Dracos Linux icon

    Dracos Linux

    Dracos Linux is purposed as an educational, especially to recognize the operation system of Linux and we respect ethical hacking.

    Open Source Linux

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  • GhostBSD icon

    GhostBSD

    GhostBSD is a user friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD , which attempts to conform to the Single Unix Specification. FreeBSD is known for its stability and security in server environments, which, incidentally...

    Open Source BSD

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  • Ubuntu Budgie icon

    Ubuntu Budgie

    Ubuntu Budgie (previously budgie-remix) is an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the Budgie desktop, originally developed by the Solus project. Written from scratch and integrating tightly with GNOME stack, Budgie focuses on...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Damn Small Linux icon

    Damn Small Linux

    Damn Small Linux is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution. Damn Small is small enough and smart enough to do the following things: * Boot from a business card CD as a live linux distribution (LiveCD)...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer updated (No release candidate since 2012, no stable release since 2008), but it still fully works.
  • UBCD4Win  icon

    UBCD4Win

    "UBCD4Win is a bootable recovery CD that contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem. Our goal is to be the most complete and easy to use free computer diagnostic tool. Almost all...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Ben has no interest in continuing the project. The forums have been down for months.
  • KaOS icon

    KaOS

    KaOS is a desktop Linux distribution that features the latest version of the KDE desktop environment, the Calligra office suite, and other popular software applications that use the Qt toolkit. It was inspired by Arch Linux, but the...

    Open Source Linux

  • Grml icon

    Grml

    Bootable live system (Live-CD) based on Debian especially well suited for administrative tasks like installation, deployment and system rescue.

    Open Source Linux

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