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degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:28 PM

Linux Live Distributions - Can be run from CD
The thread lists distributions of Linux than can be run solely from the CD.
Can be very useful for newbies wanting to test out Linux.

degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:29 PM

Feather Linux

What is it?
Feather Linux is a Linux distribution which runs completely off a CD or a USB pendrive and takes up under 64Mb of space. It is a Knoppix remaster (based on Debian), and tries to include software which most people would use every day on their desktop.
What applications does it include?
As of version 0.5.7, it includes:
Kernel 2.4.26, Ted, ABS, Dillo (patched for frames and tabs), XMMS and plugins, wavplay, mpg321, ogg123 and other Ogg Vorbis tools, Sylpheed, axyFTP, emelFM, cdrecord, mkisofs, rdesktop, tcpdump, parted, partimage, aircrack, foremost, antiword, e2undel, iftop, bbpager, utelnetd, minicom, index, gpart, socat, traceroute, SciTE, prozilla, Midnight Commander, Samba, apsfilter, mplayer,, chntpw, zile, tinycc, nano, Xpaint, Xzgv, Xpdf, naim, hdparm, usbview, index, recoverdm, mtr, cdparanoia, betaftpd, Mutella, Chipmunk Basic, gqcam, e3, lua, ettercap, wavemon, iptables, recover, amap, hping2, cabextract, splitvt, pciutils, LinNeighborhood, nmap and nmapfe, portmap and nfs-common, aumix, CTorrent, VNCviewer, sqlite, links-hacked, SSH and SCP, DHCP client, xtdesktop, PPP and PPPoE support, NTFS resize support, an RSS reader, stress, cpuburn, the Monkey webserver, Xcalc, Fluxbox, evilwm, the XBase apps, and the various standard console and system tools.

degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:31 PM


Gnoppix is a linux live cd based upon Debian GNU/Linux. It can be compared to Knoppix but GNOPPIX uses GNOME as desktop environment.

We have a GUI installation tool to make installing GNU/Linux with a GNOME desktop as easy as possible.

The Gnoppix Project is pleased to announce Gnoppix 0.8
Gnoppix is a free operating system, with the gnome desktop
environment, features cryptographic software, is compatible
with the FHS v2.2 and supports software developed for the LSB.
Gnoppix 0.8-Series comes with Gnome 2.6 and Kernel 2.6.7
C++ 3.4, egroupware, Openoffice, see filelist for details.
A full Mono Develop environment is also included. Now we
have a nice GUI Installation tool, you can install Gnoppix
with 7 clicks to your Harddisk. Gnoppix comes with 23
bootable languages.

degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:32 PM


KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it.

The following "Highlights" are available in version 3.3 of this Debian-based ( CD:
  • Linux-Kernel 2.4.x
  • KDE V3.1 as the standard desktop with K Office and the Konqueror WWW-browser konqueror
  • X Multimedia System (xmms) an MPEG-video, MP3, Ogg Vorbis Audio player and xine
  • Internet connection software kppp,pppoeconf (DSL) and isdn-config
  • Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) Version 1.2
  • utilities for data recovery and system repairs, even for other operating systems
  • network and security analysis tools for network administrators
  • OpenOffice(TM), the GPL-developed version of the well-known StarOffice(TM) office suite
  • many programming languages, development tools (including kdevelop) and libraries for developers
  • in total more than 900 installed software packages with over 2000 executable user programs, utilities, and games

degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:36 PM

Linspire Live (Lindows)

Now Everyone Can Try Linux in Seconds!

The easiest way for Microsoft® Windows users to
experience Linux® without installing anything!

LinspireLive! allows anyone to run the new and exciting Linspire Operating System from any computer without installing anything. Simply pop the CD in any computer's CD tray and turn on the computer. LinspireLive! will then load and run, right from the CD! This is the ideal way for Microsoft® Windows users to see what all the excitement is about with Linux and Linspire without removing or effecting their existing Microsoft® Windows system in any way.

LinspireLive! does nearly everything Linspire does, such as automatically identifying your hardware and peripherals, surfing the Internet, sending and receiving email, and instant messaging with friends. LinspireLive! even includes a complete, Microsoft-compatible Office Suite for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations!

degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:39 PM


What distribution do you use?

We develop our own distribution specifically to fit in the space constraints of the tiny CD-ROMs. We compile everything from source code with -Os, and use an elaborate system of compression and pivot_rooting to make a 50MB CD-ROM hold all of the programs we include.

Why not just use Knoppix?

Knoppix is an excellent live-CD distribution, but one with different goals. Knoppix is meant to be a fully-featured Debian system on a CD or DVD. The LNX-BBC is meant to be a portable card-sized distribution, designed to fit in your wallet or pocket. The form factor of a business card CD makes the LNX-BBC more readily transportable than a full-size CD-ROM.

Does it work with Red Hat?

The LNX-BBC is its own operating system. It works independently of what operating system is installed on the computer's hard drives. You could have OS/2 installed on your system and the LNX-BBC would still function in your machine.

degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:40 PM

Mandrake Move

MandrakeMove : move with Internet, Office & Multimedia in your pocket!

As a result of listening to customer needs, Mandrakesoft has created MandrakeMove -- a new product based on Mandrakelinux 9.2 that provides a complete personal desktop operating system on a bootable CD. Personal data and configuration settings may be automatically stored on a dedicated USB Key.

MandrakeMove lets you bring your Mandrakelinux system wherever you go, all on a single disc, so that you can connect to the Internet, create & edit Office documents, listen to music, watch movies, and just about anything you can imagine from wherever you happen to be!

With MandrakeMove, there's no need to install a Linux system to have a full-featured desktop: just place MandrakeMove live CD into a CD-ROM drive, boot from the disc, then watch an entire Mandrake system run "on the fly" from the CD-ROM. As a unique added feature, the MandrakeMove CD-ROM may be ejected to access content from another CD.

Additionally, MandrakeMove provides the ability to store configuration files and personal data on a USB key; this data can be encrypted for the highest level of security and privacy! MandrakeMove features an impressive selection of first-class applications. In addition to multimedia and graphics software, MandrakeMove also includes a complete office suite for creating, editing and sharing Microsoft® Office compatible files (xls, doc, ppt). You'll enjoy hours of fun with highly addictive games (such as the famous 'Frozen Bubble'), 3D programs, educational applications for children, and much more. MandrakeMove currently supports five languages: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:41 PM

Mepis Linux

MEPIS 2003.10.02 CDs

Also includes the latest MEPIS 2004.05 Beta CD #1

When you buy CDs from MEPIS, you are supporting the further development of MEPIS Linux.

Get the latest updated version
Order now, ships next business day
Avoid long downloads and CD burning
Soon you can be using MEPIS Linux!

MEPIS Linux contains:

Over 1,200 ready to use packages
An additional 890 packages on CD #2
Everything you need to get started using Linux
Made for business, consultant, developer, and personal users
Includes the equivalent of Partition Magic!
With MEPIS you can be using Linux in as little as one minute

degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:42 PM


Morphix is a modular GNU/Linux livecd-enabled distribution (you burn the CD, you put it in your CD-Rom drive, you boot and it works... no harddisk-installation necessary, doesn't touch your data). Also, installing Morphix on a harddisk is a breeze. Morphix should still be considered experimental in nature. No guarantees are given, use Morphix at your own risk!

ISO's with XFCE4, Gnome2.4, KDE3.1, a game iso and a large number of derivatives are available. Morphix is an Open Source/Free software project, based on Debian GNU/Linux and Knoppix. For more information, check the FAQ, Wiki, or ask on our forum. Debian packages and source code are available via our repository and CVS. It is possible to download morphix, or you may buy morphix.

degsy September 3rd, 2004 04:43 PM

Suse Live

SUSE LINUX for i386 Live-Eval

SUSE makes the live-eval version of SUSE LINUX available for download as an ISO image. This version runs entirely from the bootable CD and is not installed on the hard disk.

If you want to get to know SUSE LINUX or test if your hardware is fully supported, the live-eval version is the right choice for you.

hugodenbreejen September 30th, 2004 05:00 PM

which is best?
which is best do you think?

stevetheb October 27th, 2004 03:28 PM

Linux Live
I tend to use Mandrake Live Distro, it's great for testing hardware etc.

degsy October 27th, 2004 03:32 PM

I've only used Knoppix, but it worked well. No problems with the setup and found the network and internet straight away.

DaveQB November 11th, 2004 03:58 PM

Damn Small Linux

What is Damn Small Linux?
Damn Small Linux is a business card size (50MB) bootable Live CD Linux distribution. Despite its minuscule size it strives to have a functional and easy to use desktop.

Because having a working Linux desktop distro on a 50 mb bootable business card CD is just too cool not to do.

DaveQB November 11th, 2004 04:01 PM


Based on the unofficial Knoppix 3.4 Cebit magazine edition, Overclockix 3.4 has gone gold!!! This custom Knoppix features the latest packages available for the SID (unstable) branch of Debian. Some highlights are captive-NTFS (write support), install on demand scripts, 2.4.23-xfs and 2.6.1 kernel selectable at boot, Gnome 2.4, KDE 3.2.2 with noia icons, Fluxbox, Icewm, Enlightenment, Gimp 2.0, and all the usual Overclockix packages (ml-donkey, BT, mplayer, mozilla-firefox and mozilla-thunderbird, karamba, stress-testers and DC clients) and let's not forget the stylish desktops. This by far is the best release version of Overclockix to date.

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