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Giant List Of Linux-based Live CDs

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the good-bookmark dept.

Operating Systems 339

nick58b writes "After searching the Internet and not being able to find a list of all available Linux Live CDs, I decided to create one. In its current form, it attempts to makes finding a Live CD easy. There are nearly 100 Live CD distributions listed so far, with functions ranging from clustering to home entertainment, and ISO image sizes from 5 to 702 Megabytes."

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Hmmm. (3, Informative)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8313960)

I guess distrowatch.com is chopped liver.

Re:Hmmm. (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314056)

I'm sorry, strong hallucinogens here.

The first post regarding distrowatch being called redundant (story didn't mention it either)?

My walls cry a torrent of blood and ... gotta go, my bookshelf is getting angry at me again.

Sorting the Distros (-1, Offtopic)

Mr. Fusion (235351) | more than 10 years ago | (#8313961)

*click a header to sort

You mean you can sort by clustering? Now you're just ASKING those AC Beowulfers to come out of the woodworks!

-Mr. Fusion

Re:Sorting the Distros (0, Funny)

byolinux (535260) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314026)

I, for one, welcome our AC Beowulf overlords.

(I've just found out about freecache.org - does this mean that http://freecache.org/http://www.frozentech.com/con tent/livecd.php [freecache.org] should help if/when this guy gets /.d?)

Re:Sorting the Distros (4, Informative)

Albanach (527650) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314165)

does this mean that http://freecache.org/http://www.frozentech.com/con tent/livecd.php should help

From the Freecache FAQ:

What files are being served by FreeCache?

FreeCache can only serve files that are on a web site. If the link to a file on that web site goes away, so will the file in the FreeCaches. Also, there is a minimum size requirement. We don't bother with files smaller than 5MB, as the saved bandwidth does not outweight the protocol overhead in those cases.

So if he were hosting the distros, rather than links to the distros it would help. As it is, his page is way too small for freecache to get involved.

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Cool (5, Funny)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 10 years ago | (#8313965)

Thanks.

Now to go load these guys on all the computers at Best Buy!

Re:Cool (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314009)

Great! You take Best Buy, I'll install it on all the Ataris at the Goodwill store.

beego ogeeb (-1, Troll)

beego ogeeb (753899) | more than 10 years ago | (#8313966)

MEMEMEMEME..MEMENPMMEME EMEMMEEE ME EM ME ME MEENMP

IN YUR NOSE, NOSE MEMEMEENPPP

HIHIHIHIHIHIHHHHHHEHHAHAMEPENEPENEEEE EPE PE EPE PIE PIE PIE MEEENP NEENP MEME
nose
nose nosein
nose your nose in your ME in your nose MENEEENP

I was in murky water yesterday, swimming! Cold, cold, cold! Had a picnic, talking to my girl. There were sandwiches inside a basket made of linoleum. I made it. Crafty business is my business. Proceeds go to the school of fish in the pond at the park; the murky water! She says to me, "You take the bread from the basket and put it in my nose." It was another episode of object-in-nose. I hated it so much. Everytime I try to be nice, I am rebuffed! I said to her that morning, "be my valentine!". It did not work. She gave me fair warning of the consequences.

So I ask, "Just bread or maybe some lettuce to, for your health??". She giggled; I giggled. The school of fish jumped out from the pond, and then giggled! I laugh, and laugh, and then I say, "the fish are giggling at me, I don't like it!". She concurs, and wants me to defend her honor. I complained that her honor is overwhelmed by her boobies! And she does what she never had done before. Her clothes ripped off. I suckled, and said I know how the fish survive!

I took off my combat boots and ran into the murky water. She was clapping for me, and shouting "for my boobies and my honor, my love!". I would never disappoint her, now, I vowed. I ran to the edge of the water and fell to my knees. I could barely hear the fish voices so I stuck my head in the water and said, "I will suckle the fishies for great justice!". I had read that earlier on the internet. It was funny for the geek and the women and children! And with that, I jumped into the murky water!

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Re:beego ogeeb (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314293)

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cool (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8313968)

yummy

Growing Distros (5, Insightful)

Mork29 (682855) | more than 10 years ago | (#8313977)

Well, I know that some distro's can have installs of up to 2 or 3GB (ok, alot of that is source-code), but why aren't there any live DVD's? People really haven't explored this medium for distributing data. Many programs and games have still refused to switch over to DVD, despite it's wide usage in most new computers. Why is this?

Re:Growing Distros (5, Interesting)

sbennett (448295) | more than 10 years ago | (#8313996)

I'd guess it's partly because a lot of the stuff on the second and thirds CDs is less frequently used. If all most people want is KDE, OpenOffice, and Mozilla, and Knoppix can fit them all on one CD, why bother with a DVD at all?

Re:Growing Distros (5, Insightful)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314001)

My wild guess is that CDs fit alot as is, and are much cheaper, which pays off with all the revisions. And DVD burners aren't as hugely common as CD burners. (also, compressed loopback was buggy at large sizes last time I heard it was tried)

A DVD would provide a stretched-limo kind of Live CD experience though. :-)

Re:Growing Distros (5, Informative)

ryanw (131814) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314007)

Cost. DVDs cost more and also bandwidth isn't free. So whether they're letting you download it off their site or they're giving them away at their booth... I believe just about everything you need should be able to fit on a 800mb disk. I think the ones that push over a few hundred megs just have stuff "because they can".

Re:Growing Distros (1)

lxt (724570) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314010)

Maybe because DVDs are more expensive to produce than CDs? I'm not too sure. Then again, I do remember stuff being released on floppies for some time after CD-Rom drives had become widely available.

Re:Growing Distros (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314015)

One reason: there's no bootable DVD format/support.

While CD booting is now common in many Mobo BIOS, I've yet to see one that will support DVD booting. Sure, there may be some out there already that I've missed (I'll probably find out from replies that there are), but as far as I know, booting from DVD is a different kettle of fish from booting a CD...

Re:Growing Distros (5, Informative)

daaan (578093) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314107)

My Tyan motherboard boots my Debian DVD with no issues at all. None at all. DVD Images (as well as CD images of course...) are available here http://www.debian.org/CD/jigdo-cd/

Re:Growing Distros (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314133)

Wow - that's kinda neat! Ta for putting me straight.

Maybe it's just a question of manufacturers needing to advertise the feature more prominently for it to really take off. I was unaware that some mobos did this, as I guess a few other people were too...

Re:Growing Distros (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314141)

DVDs boot just like CDs. Both my PCs will boot a dvd. Linux Format has been putting bootable dvds on their coverdisc for the past three months.

Re:Growing Distros (2, Interesting)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314025)

I've often wondered about this as well. Considering the elevated requirements of most software packages and games written for the current top OS, you'd think that the person buying it would have a DVD drive. It sounds like a reasonable assumption for the companies to make.

Re:Growing Distros (1, Insightful)

segment (695309) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314037)

cost factors... Think about that. A 7.99 DVD just to burn something you can BZIP into two .49 cd's. When you're free you're going to look to cut costs. *Nix distros unlike say VxWorks, Windows, Solaris (don't be a troll and answer with *its free to download*... I'm talking on a commercial level), QNX, etc, are making money SELLING as opposed to distros which charge to cover running costs.

Pretty nice list havent used Linux for a while though. Maybe I'll find a PPC version to play with for my laptop.

Re:Growing Distros (2, Insightful)

byolinux (535260) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314066)

You're right, but what's to stop a GNU/Linux vendor from selling such a DVD?

It's easy for everyone to play the bandwidth argument, but the parent never suggested it was for download, just that it was available.

Re:Growing Distros (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314243)

> You're right, but what's to stop a GNU/Linux vendor from selling such a DVD?

I borrowed a friends SUSE 9.0, and that comes on 5 cds and a DVD containing everything. I think. I don't have a DVD reader, and to be honest I'm not going to get one until they come down in price, and so do the blanks, and so does the reliability - i've read in reviews that you can damage a DVD by just putting it on top of another DVD! Cool...

Re:Growing Distros (1)

byolinux (535260) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314312)

I don't think you can damage a DVD by putting it on top of another DVD. I've certain had them stacked on a spindle and had no problems.

DVD-ROM drives are pretty cheap now aren't they? Certainly here in the UK, they are. I reckon you'll find one for $40.

Re:Growing Distros (4, Informative)

W2k (540424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314124)

$7.99 is really expensive for a DVD. Over here, even with out gross taxes on writeable media, one DVD-R sets you back about $2, much less if you buy them in bulk. CD's are about $.8, again, much less if you buy them in bulk. A typical CD stores 700 MB, a DVD-R stores 4.7GB. Any compression you can think of that could be applied to squeeze more data into a CD could be applied to the data on a DVD just the same. Just imagine how much you could fit on a single DVD if everything was heavily compressed! Any way you look at it, unless DVD media costs a lot more where you live for some reason, the cost argument is irrelevant after 1.5GB or so.

Re:Growing Distros (1)

W2k (540424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314230)

Oopsie. I put "with out" where I meant "with our". Please don't think that I meant "without". :)

Re:Growing Distros (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314264)

$7.99 is really expensive for a DVD.

No kidding.

I can get 5-packs of JVC made in Japan DVD-Rs at Fred Meyer for less than $15. DVD+Rs are usually a few dollars cheaper.

Re:Growing Distros (5, Interesting)

otter42 (190544) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314328)

What I think would be really interesting would be multiple LiveCD distros on one CD! Imagine, you use the boot loader to choose between Gnoppix or Knoppix, bioinformatic or educational, vanilla or chocolate.

And, honestly, DVDs aren't at all expensive. On rebate, I bought a whole slew of DVD-R from OfficeMax (Depot?) for $5 per 25. Yeah, they're low quality, but for linux distros, the junkable ones are what you want to use.

Business Card Distros (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8313980)

I remember a friend going up to a girl in a bar, opening his wallet, pulling out a business card CD and saying "Get a load of my distro". Let's just say she wasn't interested.

Re:Business Card Distros (5, Funny)

mattjb0010 (724744) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314085)

I remember a friend

Right... that's why you posted anonymously.

only 702 MB??? (4, Informative)

m303 (633824) | more than 10 years ago | (#8313983)

The famous Knoppix is also available as DVD version with even more software and stuff. Dunno if it's already on the net.

Re:only 702 MB??? (3, Insightful)

axxackall (579006) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314151)

The size of DVD images can be too big: many sites would hesitate to publish it afraiding too many people would download it and crash their sites, while many users would hesitate to download it as it's too big for their DSL lines. Ironic, isn't it?

What would be a really a help for us, DVD-/+R/RW users is to have some sort sort of "LiveDVD HOWTO" describing how to build your own LiveDVD.

It could be useful for Gentoo users to burn it with all packages required and later use on the computer without a network (yes, sill there are such sometimes). Other Linux distros can benefit as well.

Also it could be useful to create a backup LiveDVD. Later it could be used to boot and restore the failed system.

Re:only 702 MB??? (1, Insightful)

houghi (78078) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314271)

What would be a really a help for us, DVD-/+R/RW users is to have some sort sort of "LiveDVD HOWTO" describing how to build your own LiveDVD.

Why stop at a howto? Make a program around it. The reason is that many who want a live DVD will be first timers and might be troubled by a howto and all the 'geek speak' in it.
People who realy do need it to repair things will either be able to work it out themselves, just run the program or are happy enough with a CD.

Wow (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8313987)

Imagine a Beowulf clust...

* ducks *

I'll be here all night, don't forget to tip your waitress. Try the veal.

Thanks! (4, Funny)

ryanw (131814) | more than 10 years ago | (#8313988)

Thank you for your efforts! To repay you we will saturate your bandwidth and overload your server.

Re:Thanks! (-1, Redundant)

Jackdaw Rookery (696327) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314116)

And pee on your bed, shave your dog and eat your hamster.

What? This is /.

Re:Thanks! (1)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314250)

Thank you for your efforts! To repay you we will saturate your bandwidth and overload your server.

Probably not, considering this post happened at around 4 am CST. And by the time is 10 am CST it'll be a the bottom or of fallen off by then, so I think hes safe - for now :)

that's terrible!?! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8313989)

That list is so incomplete! Seriously, I've tested out at least a half dozen live CDs that aren't even on that list. It's not even close to complete. And yet somehow it's on Slashdot's front page. Go figure.

Re:that's terrible!?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314005)

I agree. Among others, the version "Linux with infringed SCO code" is worth testing. Though, a subpoena nay be coming your way in the near future.

Re:that's terrible!?! (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314019)

If you had read the bottom of the page, you would find this!

Know of one not on the list? Have comments/complaints? Send me an email [mailto] .

So send him the list of these mysterious CDs, if there is over a 100 live cds, with more being created every day, of course theres going to be some missing!

We dont need more LiveCDs! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8313995)

If a see once more YALCD on Freshmeat or Distrowatch I am shove my CD-RW drive up the author's ass! (and run the eject command in the process)

There are too many of them, the more there are, the more fragmented they become and therefore less tested, resulting loads of crap cds with poor hardware dectection, buggy apps and does not bode well for Live CDs.

So if you want to make one, DON'T, help fix the bugs on the major ones, such as Knoppix and MandrakeMove, and let the other ones die unless they have a Good Reason to exisit (such as ClusterKnoppix or Knoppmyth) rather than just being a YALCD (Such as Mepis and Gnoppix)

Re:We dont need more LiveCDs! (2, Interesting)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314027)

MEPIS is an installer disc that boots live. It puts up a nice install with yawn inspiring ease.

I have yet to understand why the kludge that is the Knoppix install is regarded so highly.

Why I passed on MEPIS (4, Informative)

muyuubyou (621373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314155)

1) I had knoppix and to make a HD install is simple enough even for my mom with only minor instruction. Quick, easy and functional and I know it. I knew and had installed Debian before but it's not that because my peeps didn't and they could get it installed.

2) MEPIS website. Sucks bigtime. They list 7 different ways to buy it but not a single way to download it. FAQ doesn't stand for "how to buy it" or "questions I'd love to be asked." After 15 minutes trying to find an FTP download and failing miserably I gave up. Because Knoppix worked anyway and has real support in their and other's page. If I'm kind enough to dedicate my time to trying their distribution out despite having several working alternatives I already know, they should at least don't piss me off with their bullshit.

Re:Why I passed on MEPIS (3, Informative)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314256)

Sorry you got snagged at the website. It is available though, and real smooth install wise once you have the iso/CD.

Its understandable from the MEPIS point of view, if its easier to buy it than to find it on the site, they get more funding. If you're strapped for cash its nice that it's available if you're willing to look for it.

You seem to fit in caterory three, you won't pay for it, you're not worried enough to give it a good hard look and you have an alternative that you're happy enough with.

For those discontented few with little inclination to pay...
Heres where to get the CD images. [mepis.org]

It's not that I'm not willing to pay (1)

muyuubyou (621373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314321)

It's I don't pay for things I know scraps about.

Re:We dont need more LiveCDs! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314082)

Ive found damnsmall linux {damnsmalllinux.org} to be really handy, and mostly bug- less. Which considering there are very few people working on it, speaks well for live cds, and knoppix hacks.

Leave natural selection to work its magic.

Re:We dont need more LiveCDs! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314117)

Please, this is just a variant of the old "get your priorities straight" troll. If I want to create a live cd to fit my purposes I will do so, and make it available to other if I wish. Open Source developers don't cater to your whishes...

We dont need more LiveCDs!-One CD to rule them all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314181)

And you'll get the same answer that you got during the desktop discussions, or the multiple distro discussions. Because we can.

Re:We dont need more LiveCDs! (1)

kinnell (607819) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314195)

So if you want to make one, DON'T, help fix the bugs on the major ones

You seem to think it is your place to tell me how I should spend my free time. Does this mean you are prepared to pay me to work on Knoppix or MandrakeMove?

Re:We dont need more LiveCDs! (5, Interesting)

torpor (458) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314210)

Rubbish. Live CD's represent a solution to a problem which has plagued this industry for years. (*cough*Microsoft*cough*)

It is *GOOD* to have so many to choose from ... and its good for there to be a thriving 'cottage industry' around building these LiveCD images.

I would like to see a live Boot CD build system which allows you to customize the payload *easily* (easier than it is to actually 'install' something on a local dedicated machine, individually, and administer it, anyway) and use the Read-Only aspect of the Operating System/Applications binaries to full advantage in securing a productive machine and network.

Imagine: you have 20 PC's, all booting from a Live CD which is configured to give all users the tools they need, and can then join the remaining no longer OS-centric hard disks all together in a large, local, p2p network filesystem.

New "graphics" guy comes onboard - give him the "GIMP CD Toolkit" CD, point him in the direction of any machine he wants, and away he goes. No more local PC administration. New 'sales' guy comes onboard, give him the "Office CD Toolkit" and away he goes. All the disks can then be joined together over p2p, and nobody ever has to worry about where their files are stored, or which PC to use, or what the security of an individual node is going to be if someone gets access to it - since a node would be OS-less, and the filesystem dedicated to the p2p fileshare, which would presumably be secure ... on the order of a local 'FreeNet' or what-have-you ...

I can see that Live Boot CD's are a solution to so many problems... as long as they get easier and easier to make, build, and use ...

Re:We dont need more LiveCDs! (1)

Wudbaer (48473) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314296)

Welcome to slow computer country. Live CDs like Knoppix are great, especially for demo purposes or as a rescue disk, but they are not exactly fast, especially if you are starting larger programs. And have fun once the graphics guy wants/needs to use some software that is only on the Office CD and vice versa.

Regarding security: Sure, the files on the CDs are imutable, but one would still be able to access the real valuable stuff which is your users' data if the machine is running some service that is vulnerable. And fixing security problems would mean re-creating and burning loads of new CDs.

Re:We dont need more LiveCDs! (1)

torpor (458) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314311)

Live CDs like Knoppix are great, especially for demo purposes or as a rescue disk, but they are not exactly fast, especially if you are starting larger programs.

This will change, and in fact I'd say that for the majority of PC users out there with a 48x CD-ROM drive, its quite feasible that they'll never even notice the difference. Its not hard to make a very fast LiveBoot CD ... just RAM-exhaustive.

As for security, if there is no boot operating system on a system, and if the hard drive only contains a node image for a FreeNet/torrent-style p2p networked storage resource, particularly if that disk is encrypted (as many FreeNet node disks are), I don't see the problem.

My experience with things like the ROCK build system have lent me to the conclusion that in fact, computing is turning itself inside out. Finally! :)

aut0tr0ll is teh sp0kE!? (-1)

CHECKTHEGOATS (735227) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314018)

Hello master.

sid=97236
formkey=HzQOC8QjSn

This is a joint venture that will be mutually advantageous to both parties involved.

XBox rules!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314032)

first post!!! you lame assholes... I can post first because my XBox is a american product and my pride in my great country and my great XBox accelerate everything...

If only they would make games for that bitch... IAve played Metroid Prime and it ruled... I hope M$ will buy those japanese bastards and port Metroid to my great american console system!!!

Re:XBox rules!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314208)

that wasn't a first post jacktard.

Bioinformatics (4, Funny)

mattjb0010 (724744) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314043)

Interesting that there are two bioinformatics-tailored liveCDs. Now I can BLAST into my work at a remote PC in an instant :)

Forgot Finnix! (5, Informative)

Frogking (126462) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314047)

http://www.finnix.org/

Yes, it's outdated but I know the guy who created it and he's pretty cool.

Re:Forgot Finnix! (2, Informative)

jointm1k (591234) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314171)

And he's forgotten Openwall Linux [openwall.com] too. It is not the prettiest LiveCD, but it allows you to do most things in order to recover from disasters. And to install Owl ofcourse ;)

Re:Forgot Finnix! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314233)

There is also Kalango (www.kalango.org), based on Kurumin, based on Knoppix...

newbie to the live disc thing (5, Interesting)

thepyre (697537) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314049)

This might be a stupid question, but has anyone put out a live cd for a playstation 2 or xbox? I would love to run some form of *nix on my console, as it's probably the fastest computer I own.

Dynebolic (4, Interesting)

IroNick (668714) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314157)

I've tried dyne:bolic [xbox-scene.com] or here [dynebolic.org] for my xbox. It works, but the version I tried was sadly slow. Seems like 32MB RAM isn't what this distro calls a good time. And of course: It requires your xbox to chipped and ready.

Re:Dynebolic (2, Interesting)

IroNick (668714) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314200)

Actually, the xbox has 64 MB of RAM, but it *felt* more like 32. The distro worked very smooth on my 800Mhz PC with 300-and-something MB RAM.

Re:newbie to the live disc thing (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314320)

This might be a stupid question, but has anyone put out a live cd for a playstation 2 or xbox? I would love to run some form of *nix on my console, as it's probably the fastest computer I own.

There is a build of Gentoo called GentooX available that works great on a chipped Xbox. You might be able to rig it up with a saved-game bug, but I've only done it with a chip in my box. Here's their homepage:

http://gentoox.shallax.com/

You should be able to find the download links on their webpage. Its only a 100-150MB file, but it uncompresses to about 2GB (huge rootfs file). Just make sure that if you install it on your Xbox, you put it in the root directory on the E drive. I got it setup easily on my box and it runs great. I don't have a USB Mouse or Keyboard rigged up on my Xbox so I was only able to SSH to it from my PC. I noticed another poster mentioned how slow it was, but maybe it was something with their distro, because I had no problems at all with speed. I even setup SETI@Home on it and ran that for a few days. The time it took to finish a packet were comparible to a Pentium III 500MHz, which sounds about right since I believe the CPU in the XBox is a Celeron 733MHz. I also had no noticable slow downs on it while running applications. I definately recommend trying it out if you want to put Linux on your Xbox.

More than half based on Knoppix (5, Insightful)

eadz (412417) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314050)

Over half of these 100 "Distros" are Knoppix remasters. Here's a list of 60+ Knoppix remasters [knoppix.net] . The reason there are so many? It's very easy to make your own Knoppix remaster [knoppix.net] . I'm pretty sure many of these distros have 5 users if the're lucky.

Re:More than half based on Knoppix (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314081)

Medialinux [opensourcelab.it] sounds really cool, I'm dying to play with it, and if its any good, I hope many people try it, if just to see what programs work for them.

More than half based on Knoppix-"minority" report. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314142)

So what Knoppix remaster would you like to see then?

Cool (-1)

I Hate Jesus (751654) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314057)

Now I have a live CD for anything I might need one for.

Missing Primary Function Category (5, Interesting)

wan-fu (746576) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314060)

Awesome job with the compilation of a large list of Live Linux distros. However, I think you're missing out on a primary function: porn. I mean, c'mon, having a live CD means no history to keep on hard disk!

Re:Missing Primary Function Category (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314235)

Yeah, but what about the firewall logs???

Re:Missing Primary Function Category (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314239)

You can always use the konqueror or mozilla of **any** knoppix version/subversion/remaster, you insensitive clod! ^_^

Re:Missing Primary Function Category (1)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314286)

I think you're missing out on a primary function: porn.

Hey! Look! No hard drive!

Re:Missing Primary Function Category (1, Funny)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314291)

Hmmm, any live CDs based around porn-get [lesbian.mine.nu] yet?

LinuXbox (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314104)

Does any of these boot on Xbox???

I checked out teh one called Plan-B. Sounds pretty cool.

[quote]Plan-B is a bootable Linux environment without the need for a hard drive, it runs entirely in ram or from the cd, based on a basic, stripped installation of Red Hat Linux and the fundamental workings of the SuperRescue CD. A list of tools and utilities are also included for projects such as: * Forensics/Data Recovery * System/Network Analysis and Security Scanning * Temporary Network Device/Server * IDS / NIDS System * Network Status Report Creation

In other news ... (-1, Offtopic)

wneto (624292) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314132)

the 2.6.3 linux kernel is out [kernel.org] .

XBox rules!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314139)

first post!!! you lame assholes... I can post first because my XBox is a american product and my pride in my great country and my great XBox accelerate everything...

If only they would make games for that bitch... IAve played Metroid Prime and it ruled... I hope M$ will buy those japanese bastards and port Metroid to my great american console system!!!

How about N00bz Linux! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314170)

N00bz Linux is a Linux designed especially for newbies to Linux! It is based on XPde [xpde.com] , a Linux "port" of Windows XP, it then uses a script to load the User's Windows Drivers, desktop icons and Applications into the environment. Then it uses the gimp command line tool to slap a Linux Penguin on the Wallpaper! By giving the user the power of Linux with the Familar environment of Windows XP it is ideal for anyone!

It has had over 5000 downloads already, with more everyday! Whats more, its in 5 different languages, for Newbies around the world!

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crashrecovery.org (4, Informative)

mobius_stripper (144347) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314182)

I've been using CDs from Crash Recovery Kit for Linux [crashrecovery.org] for a while, for both crash recovery (obviously), and for quickly booting up Linux on assorted machines for debugging, network connectivity or other tasks.

Krishna

Wifi out of the box (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314189)

Anyone know if any of these distros have wifi support out of the box? I tried knoppix (3.2? It wasn't the latest by any means) on a wifi equipped sony laptop but it didn't see the network.

I really want to hijack my wife's laptop as it's by FAR the fastest thing in the house, to do distcc compiles for my EPIA box - which is pretty slow at compiling. I could plug it into the network, but I'd much rather do it by wifi.

Re:Wifi out of the box (4, Informative)

pinguirico (716574) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314325)

Knoppix supports wifi out of the box. At least some wifi. Knoppix 3.1 and 3.2 to recoginze my wifi card (an old school PCMCIA Aironet 340). However I did have to downgrade my card firmware to get knoppix to see it, though I believe that was a 2.4 kernel limitation, not a knoppix limitation.

Live CD for older machine? (1)

slabrum (753951) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314194)

I am looking for a live CD to run on a PII with 64megs of RAM. If there isn't any out there, I guess I have to do it myself.

Re:Live CD for older machine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314237)

Ive used damnsmalllinux.org on a pentium two before. It gives a basic desktop functionality, with a browser, word processor, xmms and a whole bunch of other stuff. Saying that you could probably go for something a little heavier on a pentium 2.

Bootable DVD? (1)

News for nerds (448130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314198)

There should be over 700 MB Live DVDs.

Re:Bootable DVD? (3, Funny)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314276)

Every Tuesday it should rain parachuted bricks of gold in my back yard.

I'm not sure much is stopping you from making a Live DVD now.

aut0tr0ll is teh sp0kE!? (-1)

Jack Froidalbungle (730156) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314203)

Hello master.

sid=97236
formkey=ShE1vlQkbx

This is a joint venture that will be mutually advantageous to both parties involved.

It's a great list (3, Insightful)

WegianWarrior (649800) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314214)

Particulary if you, like me, are just poking into this Linux thing and want to test several different versions without having to invest in a sexond harddisk or get rid of my still fully working Windowns installation. I'll definitly be spending using a lot of my bandwidth to download some distros this weekend *smiles*

What I miss, however, is beeing able to see what minimum hardware requirement the various LiveCDs need without having to look at each one that looks interesting. Can't have everything I guess.

Think "applications" (5, Interesting)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314217)

To answer the 'why more distro' trolls, hundreds of LiveCDs does not mean thousands of Knoppix/Gnoppix clones.

It means hundreds of applications, each specialized for a particular niche, each provided in an ultimately convenient format: plug and play.

It's a lot like console computing: plug in a cartridge and play. It's so different from the "traditional" computing model where software is carefully installed into an environment...

I've always believed that the need to install software was one of the biggest handicaps with delivering software to a global public.

LiveCDs eliminate this problem. We are coming back to the 1980's when home computers booted clean and software came on cartridges. Robust, stable, cheap. Look at some of the advantages from the home user's point of view:

- no installation
- total separation of data (on some kind of memory stick?) and code
- unstable system? reboot it!
- many people can share the same hardware with no interference
- you can use any available box to run the software

Conclusion: LiveCDs are not some esoteric hack. They represent a fundamental change in the home computer paradigm, and will open the door to a huge new public that still faces computers with trepidation (and after that Windows XP virus disaster that wiped their snapshots for the third time), and some trauma.

If I was a computer manufacturer, I'd be looking at designs optimized for this way of working:

- small, silent case
- optimised for game playing
- large amount of RAM (2Gb+)
- no hard disk
- easy-access USB memory sticks
- very fast CDROM/DVDRW
- no diskette
- network, TV out, 5.1 sound, etc.

And then distribute it with a pack of 20 or so interesting Linux LiveCDs including Mythtv.

Re:Think "applications" (1)

wan-fu (746576) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314238)

Pretty cool idea at the end there about building a console system for PC that uses Live CDs to power it. However, the lack of a hard disk in your specs doesn't work too well when:
- the console is used to web surf or check e-mail, some local storage may be required
- games typically have large saves on the order of several megabytes, USB memory wouldn't be practical
- why bother with a fast burner, there's no media to burn... I can't even d/l a new distro to disk.
- mods/new maps/etc. to games? Where will these go?
Those are just some problems of not having a hard disk and probably apply to the next generation Xbox (and why it should keep the hard disk).

Re:Think "applications" (3, Interesting)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314315)

Surfing the web:
- cache pages on a RAM disk and then throw them away
- no cookies
- no history, no embarassment.
- bookmarks saved in home directory on USB disk

Game saves:
- they're large because disk space is cheap. Easy to be more efficient and compress the data
- for multiplayer games, save on a server

Media burner:
- download new distros to RAM disk, then burn onto CDR or DVDR
- download photos from camera, burn immediately to CD
- download other stuff, burn immediately to CD
- requires lots of RAM but that is not an issue

Why no hard disk? Because permanent shared storage breaks the "console" model and will inevitably be used by software providers in the wrong way. Plus it makes noise, creates more cooling issues, and forces the case to be larger.

Example: you've saved your game and now you want to go play on another machine... how do you do it?

But... it's not a big deal: such boxes should be easily modded to included whatever hardware people want. Just not for the mass market.

Re:Think "applications" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314333)

Hard disk for surfing and email and games?

Downloading email is shitty anyhow.

Web mail works well for walk-up-and-use while the ideal for professionals is IMAP.

For surfing, you really don't need local storage except temporarily. Look at cybercafes. Work very well.

Mods/new maps? If small, on a portable personal data drive (flash, I guess). If large, reburn a CD.

Custom distros became... (1)

nereid666 (533498) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314249)

don't miss this comic about lice-cd distros.. http://comic.escomposlinux.org/ecol-144-e.png

LindowsLive (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314253)

Avalable over peer to peer networks, I think you've missed it. :)

Then I've missed it on purpose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314268)

For a good reason.

P2P networks are (or will be soon) illegal and I have no wish to get my IP-number in some RIAA/MPAA/FBI database.

new game: find the live CD trojan Distro... (5, Informative)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314257)



I dunno. All this random live CD distro stuff is seriously diffusing trustworthiness. if you ask me. When there are only 5 supposed users of one of these Live CD distros, it's quite possible a given downloadable distro could be a trojan. It might either fdisk your hard drive or do any number of things on your LAN. It would be hella-easy to modify a Knoppix to put the ethernet card into promiscuous mode and then forward all interesting data to some IRC server in Bulgaria. Happening while your cousin experiences linux for the first time on a computer at work.


All I'm saying is, stick with the live CD distros coming from as reputable sources as you can possibly find. Avoid the obscure ones.

My cousing's first time experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314284)

Happening while your cousin experiences linux for the first time

Mmm... what I would give to be able to have my hot little cockteaser of a cousin her "first time experience" - and I'm not talking about linux here.

What about XOL? (1)

ottawanker (597020) | more than 10 years ago | (#8314290)

What about XOL [sol-linux.com] ? I was looking for a nice Live CD the other day, and found XOL. Haven't tried it out yet, but it looks pretty decent.

Tivo CD's (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8314310)

Don't forget the several Tivo Boot CD's. These are specifically designed for various Tivo related tasks, such as upgrading Tivo drives, installing networking drivers, etc, etc.
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