Archive for the ‘How To’ Category

HOWTO Recover Files from a Non-Bootable Windows PC using Ubuntu Live

February 13th, 2006 Comments off
Categories: How To, Rescue

Distribute software on a Linux LiveCD

February 8th, 2006 Comments off

IBM Developerworks has a fewreasons to distribute software using Linux LiveCDs. I know I’ve moved to trying out new desktop environments using LiveCDs before taking the time to install and configure them.

Linux LiveCDs contain the operating system and applications all on a single CD and are a handy way to distribute software when compactness, portability, and/or security matter.

Categories: How To

Fixing Windows with Knoppix

February 3rd, 2006 Comments off

ExtremeTech has a chapter of Hacking Knoppix on their site about using Knoppix to fix Windows. Included is useful information on partitioning, making changes to Windows, and Backing up data.

You or someone you know will encounter a seemingly unfixable problem with a Microsoft Windows operating system environment at one time or another. When this occurred in the past, most users would reinstall their operating systems, sometimes wiping out significant amounts of data that was needed on the system. Now you can use Knoppix to (often) correct your Windows system problems without losing any data and save the time associated with reinstalling all of the operating system files and applications.

Categories: How To, Rescue

Linksys network appliance data recovery, starring Ubuntu

February 2nd, 2006 Comments off

Linux.Ars tells a story of data recovery where downloading and burning an Ubuntu LiveCD is the preferred option vs. recompiling a Fedora kernel which was missing XFS support.

Categories: How To, Rescue

Linux : It’s A Virtual World

January 30th, 2006 Comments off has an article up about VMware, QEMU, and Linux. It includes several mentions of different LiveCDs, along with providing a free download of a Puppy Linux VM.

No more than 20 minutes after I started, I had a fully functioning Puppy VM up and running.

Categories: Desktop, How To

Booting from USB

January 15th, 2006 1 comment has a tutorial on creating a bootable USB device with a Puppy Linux LiveCD.

Booting a computer from your USB flash drive may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually quite easy.

Categories: Desktop, How To

Cheat Knoppix 4 to Improve Performance Part 2

January 12th, 2006 Comments off

MozillaQuest magazine has part 2 of their Cheat Knoppix 4 to Improve Performance series. This one involves a very large USB flash drive.

Categories: Desktop, How To

Cheat Knoppix 4 to Improve Performance

January 10th, 2006 Comments off

MozillaQuest Magazine tweaks the performance of Knoppix and lets you know what they did.

As part of the legwork for our stories involving the Knoppix Linux live CD and Live DVD, we gave the Knoppix 4.02 live Linux CD a spin on a somewhat older laptop.

Categories: Desktop, How To

A New Windoze Notebook — Now What? Knoppix!

January 6th, 2006 Comments off

Linux Gazette’s #122 issues has an article about working with NTFS partitions in Knoppix 4.0.

In spite of having used other fine tools in the past to work through problems, Knoppix has become my toolbox of choice because it gives me an environment I am familiar with, GNU/Linux, and lots and lots of tools.

Categories: How To, Rescue

Bootcamp 404: PC rescue part 3

January 2nd, 2006 Comments off

Connected.telegraph has a guide on creating and using BartPE.

Categories: How To, Rescue

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

Creating Live CD Linux with PCLinuxOS

November 30th, 2005 Comments off has a How To published on remastering PCLinuxOS. Thanks to for the link.

When the system is installed and you have rebooted your computer, you are ready to customise PCLinuxOS. As with any Linux distribution, you can customise virtually every aspect of PCLinuxOS, and your options are limited only by your imagination and level of expertise.

Here are some more links on remastering LiveCDs.

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Open source desktop basics: Risk-free ways to get started, part 2

November 29th, 2005 Comments off has an intro to Knoppix and LiveCDs aimed at the business PC user. The article explains what a LiveCD is and what it can do in an accurate and understandable way.

It’s easy to take Linux for a test drive. Some Linux versions have been tailored to run from a CD. You just put the CD into the drive, reboot your machine, and Linux will be up and running. No installation is required; nothing will have to be written to your hard disk. When you’re done, take out the CD and reboot your PC again, and you’re back in Windows.

Categories: Desktop, How To

Breathing Life Into Older Computers

November 28th, 2005 Comments off

ASE Labs is currently being slashdotted for bringing us an article on reviving an old computer by installing Damn Small Linux. There is good information in this article, including what to do if the computer doesn’t have a CD drive.

While this laptop might seem old and out-of-date now, it is small and light. I needed something I could easily carry around, so I figured I would see what I could salvage out of this dinosaur. Windows would have a hard time running on this low-spec laptop, but there are many distributions of Linux that will work exceptionally well. The one we’ll be using today is Damn Small Linux.

Categories: Desktop, How To

Taking Linux On The Road With Ubuntu – Linux To Go

November 10th, 2005 Comments off

Tom’s Hardware has a review of an interesting product, the Ubuntu H2. It’s a 3 GB USB microdrive that comes with a bootable DVD to install Ubuntu onto it, for the purpose of booting Ubuntu off the USB device.

Once Linux is ready to go, you need to make the computer boot from the H2 Micro USB Drive. Usually computers will either boot from a CD/DVD, a floppy disc or the system hard drive. However, as we want to use the Ubuntu H2 as a portable operating system, we need to get the system to boot from USB.

Categories: Desktop, How To, Reviews

Getting Started in Linux for the Experienced .NET Developer

November 10th, 2005 Comments off

SYS-CON FRANCE has an article about Mono programming for .NET people. Monoppix gets a mention in this project, as an easy way to try out Mono without needing to install or configure anything.

Categories: Development, How To

Remastering a Custom Knoppix Distribution, Part 2

October 28th, 2005 Comments off has part 2 of their Remastering Knoppix 3.8 guide up.

Categories: How To

How to break into a computer that is right at your fingertips

October 5th, 2005 2 comments has posted an article about breaking into a Windows box using Knoppix. It seems a little odd to me that this is considered “breaking into a computer”, when in the second part of the article the computer is doing exactly what it was setup to do (ie. boot off a cdrom).

Categories: How To, Security

Windows In Your Pocket

September 9th, 2005 Comments off

Tom’s Hardware has a detailed article about installing Windows XP onto a USB flash drive using Bart PE Builder. Adding software like Firefox and Nero is also described in this article.

All it takes is a minor error in the Windows Registry or a virus infection, and your operating system can become unbootable. But with a properly configured USB flash drive on hand, you’ll always have a compatible replacement no further away than your pocket or keychain.

Categories: Desktop, How To

amaroK Live v1.3 – Coming Soon !

August 18th, 2005 Comments off

amaroK’s LiveCD how-to is awesome!

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