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Making Linux Live CDs

Arrow Image For anyone that doesn't know, or anyone interested in Linux



Alright, this article is for anyone who wants to try out linux, but isn't sure if it's right for them, or if
you've wanted to make a live cd or try a certain distro out, but wasn't sure how. Well have no worry
my friends, Der Heiligen is here to help you.

Alright, for this article I'm going to use Slax for my examples. You can get it at
http://www.slax.org/download.php. Alright so first off, click on whatever one you want, I use just the
Standard Edition. So you can choose if you want to use FTP, HTTP, or a BitTorent to download it. I choose FTP
because it's the fastest (for me at least). Alright, so it's going to download an iso file. What that
is is an "image" file. No, not image as in picture, image as in image file for operating system. So after
you get that done fire up your favorite type of burner, I use nero. Your burning program HAS to be able to burn image files, or make
a bootable disc because if it's not a bootable disc then it won't boot when you start it up. Alright, so
burn it and everything is peachy-keen, so then start your computer with your slax cd (or whatever distro you chose) in the cd drive,
and there you go, you've got linux without actually installing it. You can do this same exact thing for
any other flavor of linux live cd's or distro you want.

Also (thanks Folk Theory for saying something), if it doesn't automatically boot up, you have to change your BIOS settings. this is different for each computer, it could be delete, or F2, or something else. You'll have to check your computer manual or it might say when your computer starts up. Then you have to change the order in which it boots up to CD Drive first, instead of hard drive or floppy, or whatever it already has. If you need anymore help with that, refer to your computer manual or search on google for changing your bios settings.

Also, I've found some other good live cd distros.

My favorites:
Damn Small Linux (DSL) -> http://www.damnsmalllinux.org
Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) -> http://www.damnvulnerablelinux.org
DVL is a very vulnerable distro, so you can practice your rooting, or practice fixing problems and such
and
Slax -> http://www.slax.org

Then also ubuntu distros allow you to test them out before you install them. Soooo
Ubuntu -> http://www.ubuntu.com
And also you can look at http://www.distrowatch.com for any other types of Linux.

Well hope you enjoyed my article, and have fun diving into the wonderful world of Linux.

-Der Heiligen


*And also, please rate if you think this article is worthy of such*

Comments

mr noobon March 28 2007 - 20:59:30
this is a useful thing to know, even if it is simple some people wont know how to do it. rated very good Smile
The Flashon March 30 2007 - 01:00:28
I could of done with this 6 months ago. Nice article. I would also suggest PCLOS (PC Linux operating system) - It is the only distro that picks up my wireless card (Intel PROset - Lynksys) without any modificaction xD
Der Heiligenon March 30 2007 - 02:11:32
Heh-heh. Thanks for your comments guys. When I started with Linux I found it very useful to have live Cd's, but had to figure out how to make them on my own, :-\. Hopefully people will find this useful, Pfft.
system_meltdownon April 12 2007 - 17:41:16
Larika, don't vote "Poor" without commenting why. That's just bad manners.
Folk Theoryon April 15 2007 - 18:29:38
side note: if your computer boots from hardrive without checking CDs first then when u turn it on hit f2 or delete (depends on the computer) to enter setup and change the booting hierarchy (i had to do this in my laptop but not on the desktop)
Der Heiligenon April 15 2007 - 18:33:02
@Folk Theory, ooo, I'll edit the article to include that. Pfft. Thanks fer the side note.
SwiftNomadon April 19 2007 - 02:15:38
dvl is really cool. I use it.
KoG Bubblegumon November 19 2008 - 06:45:04
usb i use
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