Getting Started with Knorpora

  1. Download the ISO image from
  2. Burn the image to a CD.
  3. Put the CD in the CD drive of a computer meeting the following requirements:
  4. Boot from CD (in most cases, this means: start the computer -- if it does not work, change the boot order in the bios).
  5. You will probably get better performance if you type knoppix dma at the boot prompt.
  6. Once the KDE starts (it will take a while -- you are launching a full fledged operating system from a CD...), if you plan to go online (e.g., to download more data to play with), click on the penguin icon at the bottom left, select the appropriate connection type from the Network/Internet menu, and configure it (you will need to collect the configuration data from the computer or from an administrator before you boot from CD).
  7. If you never used a Unix-like operating systems, you should probably learn something about it -- see, for example, my Unix links for some tutorials and the like.
  8. There are various ways to save your data and configurations with Knoppix, and, thus, Knorpora (although none of them is completely trivial). A good place to start gathering information about this and other issues is

Getting started with the Knorpora-specific stuff

There is nothing special to do -- just read the documentation pertaining to the various tools and data.

I added all the Knorpora-specific paths to the PATH variable in the .bashrc file, so in general you should be able to launch the applications simply by typing their name at the prompt.

My policy regarding where to put what has been the following:

To test the tools that work on English data, you can copy some of the archives that come with the Natural Language Toolkit to the knoppix home and unzip them.

Getting acquainted with the Knorpora tools

For most tools and data, you can also find documentation at the relevant site on the net (see the links in the Knorpora Software page).

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