Tails and the NSA in the News Again

July 6th, 2014 Comments off

Not only was the Tails LiveCD used by Edward Snowden, an article about it published by Linux Journal was (is?) a trigger to for the NSA.

The pattern matches one particular article on Linux Journal, posted in August of 2011: “Linux Distro: Tails—You Can Never Be Too Paranoid.”

via The NSA thinks Linux Journal is an “extremist forum”? | Ars Technica.

To celebrate, Linux Journal is publishing a new 3 part article on Tails, which can be read at:


Categories: News, Security, Tails

Edward Snowden Used the Tails LiveCD

May 17th, 2014 1 comment

“When Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. Now Klint Finley reports that Snowden also used The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes.

via Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity – Slashdot.

Categories: News, Secure Desktop, Tails

How to Boot From a CD or USB Drive on Any PC

March 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Useful instructions from LifeHacker for anyone getting started with LiveCDs.

How to Boot From a CD or USB Drive on Any PC.

Categories: How To

Kali Linux Released by the Creators of BackTrack

March 17th, 2013 Comments off

The creators of the popular and comprehensive security LiveCD BackTrack released a new distro name Kali Linux

Kali is a more mature, secure, and enterprise-ready version of BackTrack Linux.

Categories: Releases

A fresh litter of Puppy Linux releases: Wary, Racy and Quirky

March 10th, 2013 Comments off

Barry Kauler, the developer of the Puppy family of Linux distributions, has released version 5.5 of the Wary and Racy branches of the project.

via The H Open

Best System Rescue Disc?

February 16th, 2013 Comments off

Lifehacker is collecting votes for the Best System Rescue Disc.

…and the results.

Categories: News

Slax 7.0 released

December 10th, 2012 Comments off

Slax is back!

I’m happy to announce the final release of Slax version 7.0, code name Green Horn. After more than three years of silence Slax is back in action and is better than ever before. Also the website got updated, so make sure to check www.slax.org, youll love it.

via Slax Linux.

Ubuntu Combines Three Disc Images in 12.10 Beta 1

September 8th, 2012 1 comment

For years Ubuntu has released a LiveCD (Desktop), LiveDVD (DVD), and text-mode installer (Alternate) for each release. For 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), Ubuntu is getting rid of these three images and releasing a single, 800 MB Desktop DVD image.

While their download sites still list this as the Desktop CD, it’s too large to be burned normally, so they’ll have to update the name.

See the announcement on their Email List. Also, check out coverage on OMG! Ubuntu!

Categories: Desktop, News, Ubuntu

Ordering “Windows to Go”: how to create a bootable Windows 8 USB thumb drive | Ars Technica

June 10th, 2012 Comments off

Ars Technica creates a bootable LiveUSB of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview:

To get an idea of what can and cant be done with Windows to Go, I built my own installation of the OS—a task that is not for the faint of heart, as it involves the command line.

via Ars Technica

Categories: Desktop, How To, Windows PE

CeBIT 2012: Knoppix 7.0 presented

March 6th, 2012 Comments off

Speaking at this years CeBIT Open Source Forum, Knoppix creator Klaus Knopper presented version 7.0 of his popular Live Linux distribution.

via The H Open Source.

Categories: Knoppix, News

LiveUSB Install – Not Just Another Live USB Creator for #Linux

November 29th, 2011 Comments off

An overview of a LiveUSB creator for Linux and Windows.

LiveUSB Install, which is written in PyGTK, may be a powerful tool for ‘burning’ LiveUSB’s but it is still very easy to use.

via OMG! Ubuntu!

Categories: Reviews

Puppy Linux update the “fastest and friendliest” yet

August 19th, 2011 3 comments

The Puppy Linux development team has released version 5.2.8 of its minimal Linux distribution.

via The H Open Source

GParted Live: A Boot Disk ISO You Can’t Afford to Be Without

May 2nd, 2011 Comments off

A quick overview of GParted Live.

If you ever need to partition or edit the partitions on your hard drives without an existing OS on the computer, then GParted Live should be in your PC toolbox.

via PCWorld

Linux on a Fingernail

April 29th, 2011 Comments off

Linux Journal checks out UNetbootin and usb-creator, two great tools for easily creating LiveUSB devices.

This issue of Linux Journal is all about how to get Linux in your pocket. In this article, I go one better and tell you how to get Linux on your fingernail. Now, before you get too excited, I won’t be discussing some new nano-computer being used by James Bond, unfortunately. Instead, I discuss how to put Linux on a micro-SD card (or any other USB drive, for that matter). Using this, you can run Linux on any machine that can boot off a USB device.

via Linux Journal.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews

Ubuntu 11.04 Released with a New Interface

April 28th, 2011 1 comment

Ubuntu 11.04 is out, grab the live Desktop CD in order to check out Canonical’s new GUI.

Canonical has announced the official release of Ubuntu 11.04, codenamed Natty Narwhal. This major update introduces the new Unity desktop shell, which is designed to improve ease of use and deliver a more modern user experience.

via Ubuntu 11.04 released, a Natty Narwhal rises from the depths.

Categories: Desktop, Releases, Ubuntu

Remaster Knoppix without Remastering

October 3rd, 2010 1 comment

Kyle Rankin, author of Knoppix Hacks, has a Google Tech Talk presentation video detailing tricks for customizing Knoppix without going through the lengthy remastering process.

Categories: Desktop, How To, Knoppix, Videos

Analysts View: Antivirus Rescue CDs

September 11th, 2010 1 comment

I examine nine AV rescue CDs designed to remove particularly nasty malware to determine which is the best disc, and if the free ones are good enough.

via PCMag.com

Categories: Rescue, Reviews

openSUSE 11.3 LiveCD with MeeGo desktop

July 31st, 2010 1 comment

The H has news that an openSUSE 11.3 LiveCD with the MeeGo desktop is available for download.

Daily 5: Five uses for an Ubuntu LiveCD

July 19th, 2010 1 comment

OMG! Ubuntu! has an article covering additional uses for the Ubuntu LiveCD besides installation.

Categories: Desktop, How To, Rescue, Ubuntu

MultiBootISOs Boots Multiple Operating Systems from a USB Drive

July 12th, 2010 Comments off

Can’t decide whether you should commit your spare thumb drive to Windows recovery, Ubuntu, or some other live-booting OS? Run MultiBootISOs on your USB drive, and you won’t have to choose—you’ll just choose between them at start-up.

via Lifehacker

Categories: Desktop, Rescue, Security