Morphix is a GNU/Linux operating system on a CD.
In other words, you don't have to install anything to your harddisk…simply drop in the cd, boot your pc, use Morphix! When you reboot (without the cd in the drive) your machine will be the way you had it before…completely unchanged.
Morphix is a derivative of Knoppix, another live CD distribution. Both are based heavly on Debian.
Morphix is modular; this means that it consists of a number of parts which together form a working distribution. What does this mean to a normal user?
Well, that's the good part: he/she doesn't even know about the modules. The modularity is invisible to the user, save the startup-output on the console (which is hidden via a progress-screen in the latest releases). So, if you don't care about how it works, just grab one of the combined isos and boot it! The best thing is that these isos can be easily modified (Morphed) by you as you require.
Morphix is not finished. It's beta-quality for now! It might not be as uptodate as Knoppix regarding hardware detection, or might handle certain hardware differently
You only download what you want. You only download what you need! o Built-in installer with GUI. PartitionMorpher (a graphical parition program) is under development
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First step is to confirm that your computer's BIOS is set to boot from CD before the hard drive(s).
The next steps is to test the CD donwloaded correctly and was burnt without any errors.
If the CD test confirms no errors. The next step is to steer the hardware detection in the right direction, the majority of hardware detection problems (such as blank screen after initial boot) can be overcome using some boot options.
Once you read this boot options section of the FAQ have a look at the list of all possible Boot Options, http://www.morphix.org/wiki/index.php/MorphixBootOptions
A dasebase for boot options that other people have used to get hardware working is in the wiki, http://www.morphix.org/wiki/index.php/MorphixHardwareVsBootOptionsRequired
The new grub menu (0.4-1d or later) allows you to select most of the boot options using the menu system and the cursor keys. To add extra boot options to the menu you can edit the command line, just type in the extra boot option. If you do not want to add any further boots option grub menu automatic times out after 5 seconds and starts the boot process.
Graphic cards are the most problematic to auto-detect. Also to nvidia drivers are not used automatically as only proprietary drivers are available from nvidia.com.
Below are the some most popular boot options used.
Laptop owners may need to use, Use fixed framebuffer graphics. * fb1024x768
Try to match the boot code xmodule=GraphicsCard with your Graphics Card
The list of all possible Boot Options, http://www.morphix.org/wiki/index.php/MorphixBootOptions A dasebase for boot options that other people have used to get hardware working is in the wiki, http://www.morphix.org/wiki/index.php/MorphixHardwareVsBootOptionsRequired
A database for boot options that other people have used to get hardware working is in the wiki, [http://www.morphix.org/wiki/index.php/MorphixHardwareVsBootOptionsRequired]
Open up a terminal and type : -
To set the root password : -
Why sudo, you might ask? Having a default root pass would provide additional level of complexity. It is also easy to disable sudo if you want to lock down your morph (see /etc/sudoers file).
Open a terminal shell and type,
Then use the commands:
Apt - is an advanced package management tool. With out repeating what already available on the web, a brief read of on of these websites should help
The Morphix liveCD are normally built on a computer with access to a local Debian repository, most normal users will not have a local repository, so we need to change the source list for apt to look at the central Debian repository.
Open up a terminal windows and become super-user (root)
Run nano a text editor
Before the line beginning; (something like)
deb ftp://127.0.0.1/debian sid main
Add a #
#deb ftp://127.0.0.1/debian sid main
deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian sid main
Then type (Ctrl-X) to exit and save from nano. Finally do the following command
First correct read and action the Getting Apt-Get Working - Post Install.
In this example we will the morphix-manual. Most packages and applications are available the debian central repository. so we can skip to apt-cache update, but the morphix manual require is found in the Morphix Repository
Become root, confirm that your sources contains the morphix repository.
su nano /etc/apt/sources.list
The file should contain the following line
deb http://www.morphix.org/debian unstable/
Then type (Ctrl-X) to exit and save from nano.
su apt-get update apt-cache search morphix-manual
This return a list of packages matching the search term, in the example morphix-manual
morphix-manual - Morphix Manual
To install, use the apt-get with the name in the left hand column
apt-get install morphix-manual
The Morphix-manual, this document is now available locally. Using a browser go to
It is difficult to answer your question specifically, better hardware equals better performance. Depending what how you are planning to use Morphix.
I have Morphix running on the following machines, with the following installs
Morphix Derivative, Photo-ix, LiveKiosk, hacked for low memory
Other FAQs to follow.