Linux.com has instructions for backing up partitions using GParted-Clonezilla.
Backing up partitions and hard disks sounds like work — until youve tried Clonezilla. With Clonezilla you can clone and duplicate partitions of various formats and disks of various sizes locally or over the network. Even more impressive is the fact that you can do all this without typing complicated commands. And since Clonezilla is available as part of the GParted-Clonezilla live CD, you dont even have to install it.
Some interesting news from the Direct2Dell Blog, a Fedora based LiveCD has been created to help update the BIOS of your Dell. This is much nicer than having to install Windows or a floppy drive to grab a new BIOS.
Phoronix has an article on OpenSolaris “Indiana”, which is an installable LiveCD/DVD OpenSolaris distribution. Many of the cool Solaris technologies are included, such as ZFS. Look for a preview release in October, with a final build to be released in March ’08.
snorp.net has news of an openSUSE LiveCD Installer. Hopefully this makes it into the next LiveDVD, or they do what Fedora did and convert their 6 CD set into a single installable LiveCD.
DistroWatch Weekly has a review of the recently released Elive 1.0.
Elive has reach its first major milestone with its release of version 1.0. I’ve tested several versions of Elive over the last two years (or so), publishing my findings a few times. I haven’t published a report on Elive since 0.5 and things have continued to improve. I’ve been testing Elive 1.0 for several days and certainly agree that this release is worthy of the full first release status.
The screenshots page at SabayonLinux.org has been updated with shots of the upcoming 3.4 release.
The CentOS 5 LiveCD has been released.
That means that the purposes of this CD are to see if CentOS will boot/work on your hardware, to test some of the features of CentOS as a workstation, and to use as a Rescue CD. It does not contain all the features of the 7 CD CentOS 5 Distribution on one CD :
The InformationWeek Blog has a review of Hikarunix.
You want proof theres a Linux distribution for absolutely every possible application? Heres one for you: Hikarunix, a distro dedicated to Go players and based on the ever-versatile Damn Small Linux DSL.
Planet Sabayon Linux has screenshots of the new packages selector soon to be avilable in the Sabayon Linux installer.
DistroWatch weekely has an incredibly long review of one person’s experiences using Puppy Linux.
Most distro reviews focus on installing and using one release of a recent distro. But when people decide to stick with a distro, or abandon it after a longer period of use, the reasons are more to do with the entire distro experience, which includes the distro technology, its package management, the size and reliability of its package repositories, the ease and speed with which bugs are reported and fixed, the quality of the documentation, and the social experience of being part of the distro’s community, as exemplified by its forum and IRC channels. Here I relate my personal experiences with Puppy Linux over the course of approximately one year.
/home/liquidat shares some information about OpenSuse’s re-spin creator. Support is included for creating LiveCDs, LiveDVDs, and LiveUSB flash drives with OpenSUSE.
Everyone can easily create his own version of Fedora with the re-spin tool Revisor. OpenSuse also develops a tool with a similar purpose, KIWI.
DistroWatch Weekly interviews Adam Williamson, Mandriva’s Community Manager, and finds a new release of Mandriva Flash is coming.
Mandriva Flash 2007.0 looked like a very successful product. Yet, two months after the release of Mandriva Linux 2007.1, there is still no Mandriva Flash 2007.1. Why?
Phoronix has screenshots of the latest release candidate of SLAX 6.0.0.
LXer has a link to this digital photo frame kit running Damn Small Linux. It includes WIFI, so you can probably SSH into you photo frame.
GOSHEN, Ind. – RedPost inc., an Indiana-based tech startup, today announced the launch of RedPost/Kit, a do-it-yourself digital photo frame kit that comes with everything you need to get up and running.
Free Software Magazine takes us through the simple process of creating a custom LiveCD with the recently released Fedora 7.
A few weeks ago, I promised to explain how to create your own custom live CD with Fedora’s new tools. Well, last week Fedora 7 was launched and all the tools you need are available in the repositories. This even includes a brand new graphical tool, put together by the people at Fedora Unity, called Revisor, which will allow you to spin your own live CD or installation material in an unbelievably user friendly manner.
DistroWatch.com has news on the release of Scientific Linux 5.0 LiveCDs for i386 and x86-64 architectures. New features of these enterprise-based Linux distro LiveCDs are the ability to run off a USB drive and a hard drive installer.
DesktopLinux.com tells of how Puppy Linux is being used on low cost PCs with PXE booting and settings saved to USB flash drives.
Following the addition of PXE network booting to the ultra-lightweight Puppy Linux distribution, a group of enthusiasts offering Puppy customization and support services has revealed plans for “Minipup,” a project aimed at ultra-low-cost diskless hardware such as sub-$100 PCs.
Phoronix has screenshots of the OpenSolaris BeleniX v0.6 LiveCD.
The Fedora Project released Fedora 7, which is a milestone for Fedora because it now includes official LiveCDs with GUI installers, similar Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS. There are four Live images total, two i686 LiveCDs, and two x86-64 LiveDVDs, available in either Gnome or KDE flavors. The x86-64 version is only available in DVD format because it includes additional multilib packages which push it over the 700 MB CD size of the i686 version. A script to install the Live ISOs to a USB drive is also included.
Previously there was only one official LiveCD available for Fedora Core 6 i386 computers, released long after the install media came out. Other Live media for FC6 was available from the Fedora Unity project, but none of these were easily installed to a hard drive.
The Fedora release includes several live ISO images in addition to the traditional installation images. These ISO images are bootable, and you can burn them to media and use them to try out Fedora. They also include a feature that allows you to install the live image content to your hard drive for persistence and higher performance.
Get Fedora 7: mirrors, torrents.
Linux.com has a review of Gentoo 2007.0. Looks like there are some significant issues with the live discs, especially if you have an ATI video card.
Gentoo 2007.0 is available in several formats for various platforms. As per its torrent download statistics, most popular are the live DVD, the live CD, and the minimal CD for x86 and AMD64 platforms. The live CD contains Linux kernel 2.6.19, Xorg 7.2, GNOME 2.16.0, OpenOffice.org 2.1.0, Firefox 18.104.22.168, Thunderbird 22.214.171.124, Evolution 126.96.36.199, and X-Chat and Gaim (now Pidgin) for IRC and instant messaging. The DVD version has everything the CD has, along with KDE 3.5.5, XFCE 4.4.0, GIMP 2.2.14, Abiword 2.4.6, KOffice 1.6.1, and several other applications, tools, and libraries.