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What is the Version of Linux thats Bootable on CD

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by smullen, Apr 4, 2010.


  1. smullen

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    To be more clear, what maker/Version of linux is a good one,that you can Burn it too a CD, Put it in the Drive of a PC, boot, play with it for however long, pull out cd, reboot and your regular OS wil come back up same as usual?
     

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    Knoppix is very functional and has the difficult drivers and firmware for most hardware. The most enjoyable might be Sabayon. it has a lot of drivers and almost every piece of Linux desktop software available. Knoppix 6.2 can downloaded as a 700 MD CD. Sabayon has some CD size downloads but is mainly a large 4 GB DVD download. There is also a gaming version with free trials of commercial games. The standard DVD download has one or two trial games too. There is a Linux called Ultimate Edition that is based on Ubuntu and has a lot of software. I think it may be all open source which would leave out many some drivers and software. It's a 3 GB download. Some software can be downloaded and installed on memory, not on the hard drive. Usually small things like Flash Player.

    The Knoppix CD is good if you have Intel graphics. Or try Sabayon and look for the smaller CD version which have Nvidia and ATI 3D drivers. Without the 3D drivers the other versions of Linux will work in 2D but 3D software won't work and trying to run it will jam up the system. Google Earth is 3D as are some games. For web surfing 2D is fine.

    There is the Mandriva One CD. I believe it includes 3D drivers.

    There is Vida Linux OS or "VLOS" 2.0 that is in beta but is a live DVD with a lot of software and drivers.

    There is PCLinuxOS that is easy to use. It's on a live CD is good on an all Intel computer. It works on others too but I don't think it includes 3D drivers on the live CD except Intel.

    For a laptop and/or wanting to use wifi, Knoppix might be the best choice as I think it has most of the required wifi firmware for most popular wifi cards.
     

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    Ubuntu and Fedora both have live CD's but they lack any non-open source software and that will limit how much you can do with a live CD.
     
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    Any of them that say they are a "Live CD"... Glockguy24 mentioned a couple of obscure ones...

    Ubuntu(or its brothers Kubuntu and Xubuntu) -- When you download an Ubuntu ISO< just pay attention to the file name, if it says "Alternate Install" it is not a Live CD http://www.ubuntu.com http://www.kubuntu.com http://www.xubuntu.com
    OpenSuse has Live CD's available http://software.opensuse.org/112/en
    Fedora 12 - http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora (Make sure you download the "installable Live CD")
    and Finally.. Linux Mint -- All of their CD's are Live CD's to my knowledge. http://www.linuxmint.com/
    Knoppix, is very similar to Mepis... which is another Live CD... http://www.mepis.org
    hope that helps..

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    Not really, you can install/remove software from a Live CD(within limits of course, since it is all stored in temp ram). Obviously, when you reboot, you lose any changes you've made. I install stuff on Live CD's all the time just to test things.

    Linux Mint, comes w/ all multimedia codecs, and quite a bit more closed source stuff....

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    Not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for, but it's a handy tool: http://www.avg.com/us-en/avg-rescue-cd

    Bootable disc you can use for virus removal, data recovery, etc. Pretty cool - and FREE!
     
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    Puppy Linux.

    http://distrowatch.com


    try several flavors to see what you like. there can be small differences in what is done automatically upon bootup. like automatically mount your hard drives or set up your internet connection.
     
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    There is some software I know you can download live but first you need the non-free repositories added to the list and many drivers and firmware require rebooting the the system or restarting X which isn't easy with a live CD. Is Mint available as a live CD now? It's decent for a hard drive install but I think it's still not very complete as a live CD. Wifi firmware, wifi drivers and 3D drivers are usually major issues unless you buy a computer that can use all open source drivers.
     
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    Mint is actually quite complete as a live CD. It's pretty similar to Ubuntu. Drivers and Firmware, you're absolutely correct, since most of those do require booting. Repositories.... I've added Chrome, and a lot of other repositories to Live CD's, and installed programs. It's a great way to test something you're not 100% on....
     
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    I know Mint has a lot of those. I wasn't sure if it's a live CD. I have tried it before but I don't remember if I installed it or not. I didn't anything on Mint being a live CD and thought maybe it's just an install CD. Knoppix has a fast kernel and a lightweight desktop. it's even faster if the hard drive or USB or flash card has a swap partition. The Ubuntu/Mint kernel just doesn't seem as fast and even slower on a live CD. At least stay with XFCE or LDXE version if it's going to be a live CD only system. Ulitmate Edition is Ubuntu based but requires downloading a whole DVD.
     
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