Top 10 USB Thumb Drive Tricks

July 10th, 2010 1 comment

Lifehacker has a Top 10 list of cool stuff to do with a USB flash drive. Numbers 9, 7, and 1 involve Live booting operating systems from them.

LiveUSB Drives: Why, How-to, and Where At

July 6th, 2010 1 comment

I’ll just get this out right now, I’ve fallen for Live USB drives. Yes, and if you haven’t yet, you will. What fills an entire CD, only fills 17% of a 4GB thumb drive (8% of an 8GB, 4% of a 16GB, 2% of a 32GB, and so on). And you don’t have to throw them away when you’re done using them or if they’re outdated, you just reinstall.

via TildeHash

Categories: How To

Make your own Custom LiveCD/distro easily Using Novo Builder

June 27th, 2010 Comments off

OMG! Ubuntu! is featuring Novo Builder, an easy to use LiveCD/DVD creation tool.

via OMG! Ubuntu!

Categories: Desktop, How To

Puppy Linux 5.0 Released

May 15th, 2010 Comments off

Puppy Linux 5.0 is out!

Lucid Puppy 5.0 consists of the popular Puppy Linux architecture that Puppy founder Barry Kauler has been refining through 4 editions of Puppy Linux.  But this time Puppy is built with binary packages from the latest Ubuntu release Lucid Lynx, hence Lucid Puppy 5.0.  The Puppy architecture is well known to be lean and fast, and friendly and fun, and Lucid Puppy is no exception.

via Puppy Linux Release Announcement.

GeeXboX 1.2.2 LiveCD media player adds multi-core video decoding, now 1080p is possible

June 29th, 2009 Comments off

EngadgetHD brings news of new features in the GeeXboX 1.2.2 LiveCD.

Sugar on a Stick brings sweet taste of Linux to classrooms

June 27th, 2009 1 comment

Ars Technica brings news of a new LiveUSB Linux distro aimed at classrooms.

Sugar Labs has announced the first official release of Sugar on a Stick, a Linux-based learning environment that can boot from a USB memory stick. The Sugar platform, which originally emerged from the One Laptop Per Child project, could soon arrive in classrooms.

Knoppix 6.0: Perfect Distro also for Netbooks

March 8th, 2009 1 comment

Linux Magazine Online reviews Knoppix 6.0.

Knoppix has always been regarded as one of the most versatile Linux distros out there, but the latest version of the venerable Live CD Linux distribution has got yet another trick up its sleeve. Thanks to its excellent hardware detection, blazingly fast boot process, and the lightweight LXDE desktop environment, Knoppix 6.0 makes a perfect distro for netbooks.

Categories: Desktop, Knoppix, Reviews

Hive Five Winner for Best Live CD: Backtrack

February 26th, 2009 5 comments

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.

Categories: BackTrack, News, Security

Hive Five: Five Best Live CDs

February 22nd, 2009 2 comments

LifeHacker readers have chosen their top five  Live CDs and are now voting for their favorite.

Categories: News

Hive Five Call For Contenders: Best Live CDs?

February 20th, 2009 3 comments

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.

Categories: News

GeeXboX 1.2 LiveCD media center OS adds HDTV, widescreen tweaks

February 3rd, 2009 2 comments

Engadget HD gives a shout out to the new version of GeeXboX.

Creating USB Startup Disks From Various Linux Distributions With UNetbootin

February 2nd, 2009 Comments off

HowtoForge shows you how to turn your favorite Linux into a bootable USB Flash drive.

Categories: News

Knoppix 6.0 LiveCD Released

January 27th, 2009 3 comments

It’s been two years and a few days since the last CD release of Knoppix, but the wait is over, and Knoppix 6.0 is out!

Klaus Knopper has released KNOPPIX 6.0, a brand new version of the popular Debian-based live CD, now with LXDE as the default desktop and ADRIANE, an audio desktop for the visually impaired.

Categories: Desktop, Knoppix, Releases

Is it the End of the Road for Live CDs?

January 26th, 2009 2 comments

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.

Categories: Knoppix, News

How to run Linux from a USB drive

January 2nd, 2009 2 comments

TechRadar takes Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.10 and installs them on USB flash drives.

You’ll need a flash drive with at least 1GB of free space, and ISO images of either Ubuntu 8.10 or Fedora 9. It’s likely there are other distros out there that work with similar or perhaps even identical instructions, but Ubuntu and Fedora are the big two so we stuck with them.

Categories: Desktop, Fedora, How To, Ubuntu

Featured Download: Puredyne Turns Any Computer into a Multimedia Powerhouse

December 4th, 2008 1 comment

LifeHacker’s featured download today is pure:dyne, a LiveCD developed for media artists.

Battle of the Thumb Drive Linux Systems

October 27th, 2008 Comments off

Lifehacker took four Linux distros, put them on USB flash drives, and ran a Lifehacker Faceoff.

Today we’re detailing four no-install distributions—Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux, Xubuntu, and Fedora—and helping you decide which might work for that spare thumb drive you’ve got lying around, or as just a part of your multi-gig monster stick.

Minisys Linux: Puppy on steroids

October 22nd, 2008 1 comment

Linux.com has a review of Minisys Linux.

Unlike Puppy Linux, which is available in a single 96MB edition, Minisys Linux comes in four versions: Live, Mini, Server, and Embryo. The Live version uses 690MB and is stocked to the gills with applications for every task imaginable.

Debian Lenny with Blu-Ray Images and Live CD

October 22nd, 2008 Comments off

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.

Categories: Debian Live, Desktop, News

A comparative look at compact sysadmin distributions

September 17th, 2008 Comments off

Linux.com checks out lightweight LiveCDs useful for all kinds of system modification and recovery needs.

Things go wrong. Hard disks fail and whole servers crash. Luckily, many Linux-based distributions are available to help systems administrators handle minor catastrophes. We looked at four of the most portable, all of which fit on a 210MB mini CD — SliTaz, Parted Magic, GParted, and RIPLinuX.