I just put up some benchmarks comparing the boot times of a dozen LiveCDs on FrozenTech. You can see the results here: FrozenTech LiveCD Boot Benchmarks: Round 1, Popular LiveCDs
This article originally posted on frozentech.com on June 15th, 2005
One of the most obvious differences between a LiveCD and an operating system installed on a hard drive is the time it takes for the system to start. LiveCDs have the disadvantage of all CDs, easily being 15 times slower in both transfer and access speeds than standard hard drives. Even with this huge variation in speed, the average LiveCD does not take 15 times longer to boot than the same software installed to a hard drive. This article will provide an overview of the boot speeds of nine popular LiveCDs in several different configurations.
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NewsForge reports a success story of one business who started using custom SLAX LiveCDs to gather manufacturing data. It details two possibly ways of quickly customizing SLAX, and Kanotix also makes an appearance.
In addition, due to the fact that a PC in a factory may be subject to electrical and mechanical shocks, we feared extended down time in case of hardware failures (especially the hard disk’s), and we wanted to avoid reinstalling everything.
CXOtoday.com is reporting that SLYNUX is now available for download. Apparently the price of hosting was what originally kept it from being available for download.
Kevin Shockey on the O’Reilly Developer Weblogs writes about SNAPPIX, a LiveCD with a completly open source Java development environment. He makes good points that open source software can be difficult and frustrating to setup, which can turn people away from software which would otherwise fit their requirements.
According to their wiki for the Fedora Core 5 release, work has already started on an official Fedora LiveCD or DVD.
This information can be seen here: FC5Future – Fedora Project Wiki
NewsForge reports on Debian, its history, and other popular distributions based on Debian. Knoppix and other LiveCDs are covered well in this article.
Nothing about the list has changed, but I thought it sounded better, and would be more memorable, if I changed the title from “The LiveCD List” to “FrozenTech’s LiveCD List”. FrozenTech is my other website, which I use to publish reviews and stories I have written. It will soon, I hope, have some new articles focused on LiveCDs.
There’s an update to SimplyMEPIS out, adding support for more hardware, and the Traveller Disk feature. The Traveller Disk feature allows, among other things, syncing of several MEPIS desktops using a USB keydrive.
OSDir.com has added screenshots of SLAX Popcorn Edition to its enormous screenshot directory.
I’ve redone this LiveCD News. A custom written homepage with a phpBB backend, while fun, was a lot of work to maintain. WordPress is a much better idea. I’m not going to port the old stories over, but you can still view them at the LiveCD Forums.
If you’re not sure which book to get, I highly recommend Knoppix Hacks. It covers a wide variety of tasks for which a Knoppix LiveCD can be used, including ways to fix misbehaving Windows machines.