INTRODUCTION

LINUX! Not just for Guru's anymore

This project is directed primarily at Amateur Radio enthusiasts (Hams) who have no prior experience with LINUX. Hopefully, experienced LINUX users (perhaps, even a "guru" or two) will give it a spin and offer corrections and suggestions for improvement ... in fact, they are obligated to do so!

The CD contains a complete LINUX-Knoppix operating system and enough software to accomplish the usual tasks we all perform daily from our homes ... web browsing, email, letter writing, etc.

In addition, there is a huge library of programs for our Amateur Radio hobby.

The Hamshack Hack is a "Live CD". As a "Live CD" system, no installation to your machines hard drive is necessary. The whole package will run off the CD by building a "ram disk" in your machine's memory. As soon as you re-boot your machine, the LINUX system vaporizes and you'll be back with whatever system is installed on your hard drive.

To obtain your very own copy of the "the Hack", you must download the "hamshack.iso" image file and then, using your favorite CD burner (I use K3B on Linux, or Nero on Windows), burn the image to a CD. Pick the "Burn CD Image" option, else you'll end up with just another copy of the .iso file. Then, when the smoke clears, you'll boot your machine with this new CD.

The fundamental basis of anything LINUX is "Do No Harm"! However,

THIS IS EXPERIMENTAL SOFTWARE.
YOU USE IT ONLY AT YOUR OWN RISK!

The minimum system requirements are:

  • Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later)
  • 16 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office products)
  • bootable CD-ROM drive, or a boot floppy and standard CD-ROM (IDE/ATAPI or SCSI)
  • standard SVGA-compatible graphics card
  • All of the communications programs will need a functioning sound card. If your sound card works with Windows, most likely, it'll work with Linux.
  • serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse.