Not only was the Tails LiveCD used by Edward Snowden, an article about it published by Linux Journal was (is?) a trigger to for the NSA.
The pattern matches one particular article on Linux Journal, posted in August of 2011: “Linux Distro: Tails—You Can Never Be Too Paranoid.”
via The NSA thinks Linux Journal is an “extremist forum”? | Ars Technica.
To celebrate, Linux Journal is publishing a new 3 part article on Tails, which can be read at:
“When Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. Now Klint Finley reports that Snowden also used The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes.
via Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity – Slashdot.
Lifehacker is collecting votes for the Best System Rescue Disc.
…and the results.
For years Ubuntu has released a LiveCD (Desktop), LiveDVD (DVD), and text-mode installer (Alternate) for each release. For 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), Ubuntu is getting rid of these three images and releasing a single, 800 MB Desktop DVD image.
While their download sites still list this as the Desktop CD, it’s too large to be burned normally, so they’ll have to update the name.
See the announcement on their Email List. Also, check out coverage on OMG! Ubuntu!
The winner to LifeHacker’s Best Live CD poll is the excellent security focused Backtrack.
Lifehacker readers apparently love a live CD that is all work and no play. Backtrack, a security-oriented live CD packed with useful tools, took home the crown for top live CD.
LifeHacker readers have chosen their top five Live CDs and are now voting for their favorite.
LifeHacker is taking votes for the best LiveCDs. Go vote!
This week we want to hear about the Live CD tools that have made your life easier, saved you time, or both.
HowtoForge shows you how to turn your favorite Linux into a bootable USB Flash drive.
Free Software Magazine asks if the era of Live CDs is starting to wind down. I personally can’t see this happening until USB flash drives are as inexpensive as CD/DVD media, and even then, the era of Live USB flash drives will be flourishing.
I was window shopping in a high street electronics store a few days ago. I was delighted to see a shelf display full of netbooks from vendors like Samsung, Acer, Dell, Advent and Asus (of course), to name a few. It looked like the Asus EeePC had launched an idea whose time had come and in the process possibly heralded the long withdrawing roar of the live CD.
LifeHacker’s featured download today is pure:dyne, a LiveCD developed for media artists.
Linux Magazine Online lets us know that Debian will have official LiveCDs with the 5.0 release.
More news about Lenny is that the Debian-Live team headed by Daniel Baumann is working on official live images. With these distributions users can employ Linux off the CD without needing to install it.
CLICK has news that DSL will get Firefox 2.
Firefox in DSL will move from the current version 1 to the GTK 1 version of Firefox 2. Thats a big deal because a lot of Web sites require at least Firefox 1.5 for full functionality. It means, for one thing that itll be possible to use Google Docs and Spreadsheets with Damn Small Linux.
DesktopLinux.com has pics and news of Custom NimbleX 2, which allows anyone to customize and then download a LiveCD ISO of NimbleX. Get to it directly at http://custom.nimblex.net/ .
Wired gives credit to LiveCDs for the rise in the popularity of Linux desktop computing.
Part of this growth can be chalked up to the trend of the LiveCD, a bootable disk image that users can download and burn to a CD to test the software. Most of the popular Linux makers release software on LiveCDs, and many also ship physical CDs to curious users anywhere in the world for free or for a nominal fee.
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.
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.
/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.
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.
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.