Archive for December, 2005

A look into NepaLinux

December 29th, 2005 1 comment

Kantipur Online has a review of NepaLinux. NepaLinux is aimed at the “common Nepali” looking to use a computer without needing to learn another language.

As desired, NepaLinux can either be booted from its live CD or installed on the hard disk itself. The operating system requires a 64 MB RAM, 2 GB hard disk space and a Pentium II or higher processor, and can co-exist with Windows operating system.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews

PCLinuxOS – A distribution tailor made for New Linux Users

December 29th, 2005 Comments off

All about Linux has a review of PCLinuxOS 0.92. PCLinuxOS is a nicely made LiveCD and installable distribution that not everyone is aware of yet.

PCLinuxOS is released as a live CD which also can be installed quite easily on to the hard disk.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews

Net Xpress: Check out SystemRescueCD

December 29th, 2005 Comments off has a writeup in their tech section about SystemRescueCD and the usefulness it provides.

This week I want to introduce you to one of the most handy tools in my tech box. This handy tool that I am referring to is the free SystemRescueCD. This disk is one of the ultimate tools for a tech to have handy when working on computers.

Categories: Rescue, Reviews

Mediainlinux: Path Forward?

December 26th, 2005 Comments off

Slashdot has a little writeup and request for testing from Mediainlinux. Mediainlinux is a LiveCD focused on multimedia developement, and also has a nice Gnome-based Knoppix LiveCD released.

Categories: Media Production, News

Using a liveCD as your Linux Desktop

December 26th, 2005 3 comments posted an article a few days ago about using a LiveCD as a primary OS, or in other words, never installing. This is something that is increasingly becoming more plausible, as memory prices decrease having a LiveCD load into memory becomes faster in many cases than an installed OS, and as long as you still have some kind of media to write to, you can install apps and save documents without fear of losing them from rebooting.

However, many liveCD distros can be used as a day to day desktop without ever installing them to your hard drive.

Categories: Desktop, Releases

Deploying Windows XP, Bart PE

December 23rd, 2005 Comments off

ServerWatch has an in-depth article on Bart PE. It’ll let you know what Bart PE is capable of, before spending the time to create your own.

BartPE stands for Bart’s Preinstallation Environment. Currently in version 3.1.3, it was created by Bart Lagerweij, a Dutch programmer, who, for a number of years, has been providing the Windows community with various software packages sharing common purpose: feature-rich operating environment invoked via removable bootable media (e.g., modular and highly customizable CD-Rom Boot Disk).

Categories: Desktop, Reviews

Belenix – A Live CD based on Open Solaris

December 21st, 2005 Comments off

All about Linux has a review of the OpenSolaris based BeleniX LiveCD. The review also points out some advantages to running Solaris over Linux, which look likely to stir up some debates.

I had always wanted to try out Solaris OS ever since Sun released its code under an open licence and renamed it as Open Solaris. But even though open solaris had its own website, downloading a binary image was an entirely different matter and was not an easy proposition.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews, Server

Linux screensaver for Windows

December 21st, 2005 2 comments

IBM’s developerWorks has another thorough article about LiveCDs. This time it involves modifying LiveCDs and turning them into screensavers for Windows.

There is sufficient free and open source software available nowadays to enable Linux to install and run as a Windows screensaver. This article shows you how to construct an appropriate CD or DVD, and in doing so, demonstrates that the “free” and “non-free” sides of the software Grand Canyon are not so far apart after all.

Categories: Desktop, How To

Review: Tao Live CD

December 20th, 2005 Comments off brings us a brief review of Tao Live.

Tao Live CD is a live CD based on rebuilt Red Hat Linux source RPMs.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews

Easy Software Installations with klik

December 16th, 2005 Comments off

Marcel’s Linux Walkabout has an article about klik on their website.

The inspiration for klik has its origins with Knoppix (and Kanotix). In fact, the original name for klik was KLIK (all caps), which stands for “KDE-based Live Installer for Knoppix Kanotix”.

Categories: Desktop, News

Impressions: Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight CD 2

December 15th, 2005 Comments off has posted impressions, or a short review, of the new Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight 2 release. Included with the review are screenshots.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews

Ubuntu Flight CD 2 Released

December 15th, 2005 Comments off

Ubuntu has released its second test point, dubbed “Flight 2”, of Dapper Drake, Ubuntu 6.04. Scheduled to be finalized in April 2006, this test release has buckets full of new features for both the installed version, and LiveCD versions, which are available for download. Some of the new features of the Ubuntu LiveCD include:

  • a new splash screen – no more asking what keyboard/language to use
  • faster bootup
  • interface improvements
  • new gnome and apps, like Rhythmbox, Firefox, OpenOffice
  • new kernels and hardware support
  • UnionFS
  • some kind of boot performance measurement option

For a better description and screenshots, check out the official description.

Categories: Desktop, Releases, Screenshots

Quantian Released

December 14th, 2005 Comments off

After a year without updates, Quantian has been released. Quantian is one of the most complete LiveDVDs available for scientific work, including over 800 R packages and clustering support.

Categories: Clustering, Releases, Science

Review: Amiga Forever Premium Edition

December 12th, 2005 Comments off

OS News has a review of the Amiga Forever Premium Edition, which comes with a LiveCD, although this article did not talk about it much.

You can boot into this emulator in two ways: you can launch it from Windows, or use it as a live CD. The latter uses KX Light (a modified version of Debian/Knoppix) to boot the Linux version of UAE, running AmigaOS 3.x.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews

Portable USB drive boots PCs into Mandriva

December 8th, 2005 Comments off reports that LaCie is now selling a USB 2.0 hard drive that allows PCs to boot off it into Mandriva Linux. Hopefully this is the beginning of a new trend.

Categories: Desktop, News

How to run a risk free Linux trial

December 7th, 2005 Comments off

The Deccan Herald Internet Edition is running a story about LiveCDs. It is aimed at Windows users interested in trying out Linux, and covers everything, from how they work, how to get them, advantages of running them over normal hard drive installs, and even several more specialized LiveCD projects.

One of the first live CDs to manage this was Knoppix, which is so good at sniffing out strange hardware and configuring it that sceptical Windows users are regularly bowled over by the sight of their machine being turned into a powerful GNU/Linux system in minutes.

Categories: News

First look: BeleniX live CD

December 6th, 2005 Comments off

NewsForge brings us a review of the BeleniX LiveCD. While it does take forever to boot, it’s fun to play with once it’s done.

When the CD-ROM disk light stops glowing, you are staring at a beautifully done XFCE desktop running on top of xorg. This is auto-configured using the ddcxinfo utility ported from Knoppix. Essential devices like the monitor, keyboard, and mouse (synaptic, PS/2, and USB) work properly. Wired network cards are auto-configured through DHCP and USB sticks are auto-mounted.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews

Featured distribution of the week: Archie Live CD

December 5th, 2005 Comments off

DistroWatch’s Featured distribution of the week this week is the Archie LiveCD, a LiveCD based on Arch Linux. Check out the screenshot, it looks really nice.

Archie is unique in the sense that it is not based on any of the big “top-level” distributions with their live CD offshoots, such as Debian/Knoppix, Slackware/SLAX or Mandriva/PCLinuxOS, which currently dominate the live CD scene.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews

Opening Solaris opens door to community, derivative distros

December 5th, 2005 Comments off

NewsForge has an article about OpenSolaris and a few derivatives that have come from the project. In it several OpenSolaris LiveCDs are mentioned, including SchilliX and BeleniX. It talks about some of the licensing issues that exist, and is worth reading for anyone interested in seeing what may happen with regards to integrating CDDL OpenSolaris code with GPL Linux code.

Ghosh has been working for Sun for two and a half years, but he is not a part of its OpenSolaris team. He started working on BeleniX in his spare time — what he said was three months of weekends and late nights to figure out how to get the live CD to boot. Calling it “a great learning experience,” Ghosh spent that time filling in the holes left by pieces of Solaris whose code has not yet been released to the community.

Categories: News