Archive for the ‘How To’ Category

The Lazy Guide to Installing Knoppix on a USB Key

March 30th, 2007 1 comment has a howto for putting Knoppix on a USB flash drive and making it bootable.

Of course, it can be even more portable when it runs entirely off of an inexpensive USB key. So let’s install it to a 1 GB USB key, and create a persistent home directory in which to store files. Only let’s do it the lazy way, and keep use of the command prompt to a bare minimum.

Categories: Desktop, How To, Knoppix

Installing Ubuntu Linux on a usb pendrive

March 22nd, 2007 Comments off

Debian/Ubuntu Tips & Tricks has step by step instructions for copying an Ubuntu LiveCD to a USB flash drive. In the end you get a bootable flash drive, which can be used for installing Ubuntu on a computer without a CD drive, or getting the LiveCD experience with something you can fit in your pocket.

Categories: Desktop, How To, Ubuntu

Home User Thursday March 15, 2007 Wiping old hard disks

March 17th, 2007 Comments off

The Star Online has some instructions for using Darik’s Boot and Nuke to erase hard drives.

How To Use Jigdo For Incremental CD Updates (Daily Builds)

March 11th, 2007 Comments off

Ubuntu Tutorials shows how to save some time getting the daily builds of Ubuntu Feisty.

Categories: How To, Ubuntu

Build a Fedora Live CD

March 5th, 2007 2 comments

IBM Developerworks has a great how-to for building your own Fedora LiveCD.

Though Fedora Linux® is a popular and mature Linux distribution, and many people have created Live CD distributions based on Fedora, the Fedora project itself didn’t released its first official Live CD until December 2006. Learn how to build your own custom and easy-to-use Live CDs using a rewrite of Pilgrim, the Fedora Live CD creation tool.

Categories: Fedora, How To

How to build a live Fedora CD using Kadischi

March 4th, 2007 Comments off

Red Hat Magazine gives instructions to making a LiveCD using Kadischi.

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Install and Boot OS X On a Flash Drive at Brad’s Blog

February 19th, 2007 1 comment

Brad’s Blog has instructions for creating a LiveUSB OS X install.

Categories: Desktop, How To, OS X

How to crack a Windows password with Ophcrack Live CD

February 1st, 2007 4 comments

Lifehacker uses screenshots to show how to crack Windows passwords with a LiveCD.

Running Ubuntu Linux on Acer Tablet PCs Part II

January 3rd, 2007 Comments off

TablePCReview has success with an Ubuntu LiveCD on an Acer Tablet PC.

Categories: Desktop, How To, Ubuntu

All In One USB Knoppix 5.1.0 zip

January 2nd, 2007 Comments off

Pen Drive Linux has instructions on putting Knoppix 5.1.0 on a USB flash drive.

Categories: Desktop, How To, Knoppix

What Flavors of Linux Work Best for You?

December 12th, 2006 Comments off

Technology News introduces LiveCDs as a way to find the right Linux desktop.

“Linux … lends itself well to users with specific requirements,” said Nate Melby, an instructor at Kaplan University’s School of Information Systems and Technology. The real task is finding a distribution that suits a potential user’s needs. Live CDs that can run the newest Linux versions, running dual-boot software, let consumers use their hardware for multiple purposes, he suggested.

Categories: Desktop, How To

Tip of the Trade: TestDisk and PhotoRec

December 11th, 2006 Comments off

Server Watch suggests running a couple of popular data recover tools from a LiveCD or LiveUSB device to rescue data.

My personal favorite way to run TestDisk or PhotoRec is from a bootable Linux CD. They are included on Knoppix, Trinity Rescue Kit and RIPLinux. Virtually all filesystems and partition types are supported as well.

Categories: How To, Knoppix, Rescue

A Closer Look at Damn Small Linux

December 2nd, 2006 Comments off has a in-depth guide about Damn Small Linux. Included is everything from downloading and burning the distro to a CD, to making LiveUSB flash drive, getting wireless working, and using various apps.

Getting started with ParallelKnoppix, a live CD for clusters

December 2nd, 2006 1 comment has an article on using ParallelKnoppix to build clusters quickly.

BartPE helps get files back when computer crashes

November 21st, 2006 Comments off

The has an article on creating a BartPE LiveCD for system recovery.

Categories: BartPE, How To, Rescue

Preparing for Vista

November 14th, 2006 Comments off

PC Advisor details the steps needed to setup a computer to dual boot Windows XP and Vista. The tool used is the GParted LiveCD.

If you don’t have a partition manager, download an ISO image of the GParted Live CD from and burn a CD from it. This is a free partition manager based on Linux and an essential addition to any serious PC user’s toolkit.

Categories: Desktop, GParted LiveCD, How To

Xen – A GPLed Virtualisation Technology for Linux

October 23rd, 2006 Comments off

All about Linux has the second review of the Xen Demo CD today. It includes some instructions on starting up a Xen instance.

Categories: How To, Reviews, Server, Xen Demo CD

HOW TO: Dual-boot XP and Vista

October 18th, 2006 1 comment

APC Magazine includes some information on WinPE and the GParted LiveCD in their instructions on dual booting Windows XP and Vista.

Discover Linux the safe way – WhatPC?

September 28th, 2006 Comments off

WhatPC has an introduction to open source, Linux, and LiveCDs using Damn Small Linux.

We will explain how to try Linux by running the operating system from a CD, not the hard disk, so there’s no need to abandon Windows.

Geek to Live: Rescue files with a boot CD

August 10th, 2006 Comments off

Lifehacker walks us through rescuing a Windows system using Knoppix.

Few moments in computing are as heartbreaking as when you turn on your trusty PC only to receive that bone-chilling message: “Boot sector corrupt. Config.sys missing. Disk cannot be read.”

Categories: How To, Knoppix, Rescue