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In a previous post, I showed how to install the Marionnet open-source network simulator on a Debian Linux system. Recently, I installed Marionnet on a Knoppix system so I can run it on any computer from a USB thumb drive.

Knoppix is based on Debian but, by default, it uses the LXDE desktop environment instead of the Gnome desktop environment. When installing Marionnet on a system running Knoppix Linux, follow the procedures listed in the Debian install post. Then, when you need to enable the X-server to connect to X-clients to the host’s X server using TCP, use the procedure described in this post.

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Marionnet is an open-source network simulator that creates a network composed of Linux virtual machines. A group of educators at the Université Paris 13 created Marionnet so they could use it as an educational tool. Marionnet allows students to build and configure networks, and save their configurations for future use. It also allows teachers to prepare exercises and tests.


The Marionnet network simulator uses User-Mode Linux (UML) and Virtual Distributed Ethernet (VDE). We will explore the Marionnet graphical user interface and test Marionnet’s functionality as we work through a basic simulated network scenario.

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The Marionnet network simulator is easy to install but there are some specific system configurations that must be changed so that all the features of Marionnet work well.

Marionnet Open-Source Network Simulator Emulator running on Linux

This post will describe the installation procedure for the Marionnet open-source network simulator on Debian Linux 6.0.

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