With the release of Gentoo 2005.1 comes new Gentoo LiveCDs used for installing Gentoo, plus an experimental LiveCD which includes and automated installer. Check it out here.
Ask Slashdot has a LiveCD firewall question. Only a few responses so far, but these usually end up with some useful information.
InformationWeek has a four page review of BartPE. BartPE allows people to create LiveCDs from their personally owned copy of Windows. I’m not sure how this affects the licensing, so you may need to do a bit of reading if you’d like to stay legal. Another strange thing about this review is how it continually praises the features provided by BartPE, while neglecting to mention other LiveCDs like Knoppix, which easily has 100x more ability.
BartPE lets you start or stop file sharing on the PC you’re working on; set or reset the Admin password; or even invoke XP’s powerful “Remote Desktop Connection” facility. Combined, these abilities facilitate moving files to or from a distant PC, or using repair and recovery tools located on another system.
Linux Enterprise Magazine reports on MEPIS and answers the difficult question, what is the difference between SimplyMEPIS and ProMEPIS.
The second difference is that MEPIS is distributed as a live CD. This gives people a chance to test the distribution without having to install it on their hard drive. Users can make sure that MEPIS will work with their hardware before committing.
Linux.com reviews the latest Slax LiveCD. Check it out to learn what Slax provides.
The first time I used it, Slax restored my faith in my old clunker of a Toshiba laptop. The distribution ran (and even booted) faster from the CD-ROM drive than Windows did from the hard disk. But as I began to get a feel for Slax and use it to browse the Web, listen to music, and the like, I didn’t feel like Slax had sacrificed usability for agility. This fine balance alone would make Slax an interesting and noteworthy distro, but it has even more tricks up its sleeve.
There’s a new product being sold to law enforcement that allows easier collection of forensic data from computer. It uses a Mepis-based LiveCD.
“Windows will always try to interfere with everything and by contrast, on a Linux system, we can control when and how the file system is mounted, which adds an additional safeguard against writing to the drive while coupling that with a live CD to provide a very secure solution,” states Jim Raubach, Owner/Founder of Forensic Computers.
Lan Game Reviews has a good how-to guide for seting up a router that will allow you to play online games no matter who is on your network. They use m0n0wall for the LiveCD, no hard drive needed.
The next step is to enable Traffic Shaping. This is what prioritizes packets so you get great pings while downloading. Click on the Traffic Shaping button on the left menu bar, and click the Magic Shaper Wizard tab. Select the checkbox saying Set P2P traffic to lowest priority and input the downstream and upstream speeds for your connection.
This is an article on about Nomachine’s NX server, but it includes lots of Knoppix use, since Knoppix ships with NX already setup.
Slashdot has posted about the Freedom Toasters setup in Africa by the Shuttleworth Foundation. The concept is simple, bring blank media to the kiosk and chose the software you want burned onto it. LiveCDs included on the toaster are Knoppix 3.6 and 3.9, Ubuntu, Gentoo, and ClusterKnoppix.
Amnews.com has an article about Puppy Linux. I’m not familiar with this source, but it looks like LiveCDs are becoming more and more mainstream.
Puppy can be run from a live CD or installed on a hard drive, flash drive or ZIP drive. When booting from a CD, Puppy does not require a hard drive because it can save everything back to your CD. In order to do this, however, a CD burner is required.