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Driftwood
11-03-2010, 09:57 PM
This may be a silly question, but I occasionally see reference to this item to be used to boot from & thought it might be a handy thing to have. I have googled it & there seems to be a veriety, but what am actually looking for?

Erayd
11-03-2010, 09:59 PM
A Linux livecd is basically an entire Linux system that runs from a CD and doesn't require installing to your HDD. It doesn't touch your existing setup (unless you ask it to), and will leave no traces after you reboot.

As far as which one to recommend - what are you wanting to achieve with it? That has a big bearing on which one you should use.

KarameaDave
11-03-2010, 10:02 PM
What do you wish to achieve?
A system rescue?
An alternative to Windows?
A diagnostic tool?

Agent_24
11-03-2010, 10:34 PM
Also your hardware is a factor too.

Ubuntu 9.10 Live will NOT run well on a 350Mhz Pentium II - but Puppy Linux will...

nedkelly
11-03-2010, 10:56 PM
puppy is something I always take with me when going to other people's houses

Sweep
11-03-2010, 11:50 PM
puppy is something I always take with me when going to other people's houses

Funny that. Sometimes I find they already have a Puppy with teeth.

Like Wainuitech for example. :eek:

pkm
12-03-2010, 08:38 AM
Heh thats the thing about linux, you google it when your first interested and never know what to click,where to start.

Knoppix ,Slitaz , Puppylinux.
Im using puppylinux right now fulltime on a laptop with a broken hard drive.

Driftwood
12-03-2010, 09:05 AM
Never mind, I did say it may be a silly question.

pkm
12-03-2010, 10:13 AM
Never mind, I did say it may be a silly question.

Just download puppylinux and give it a go!

KarameaDave
12-03-2010, 11:01 AM
That's it, it is not a silly question.
The sheer number of Linux distributions
is mind boggling.

+1 for Puppy Linux.
It's simpler than most
and runs well as a live CD
because it loads completely into RAM at start-up
(if you have 256MB of RAM)

wainuitech
12-03-2010, 11:08 AM
Funny that. Sometimes I find they already have a Puppy with teeth.

Like Wainuitech for example. :eek: What ME! (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Sparky_(Small).JPG) She love couriers, just the site of their Van and she goes Nuts,anyone steps on the property and you soon know about it..


Never mind, I did say it may be a silly question No its NOT - there has been many times I have used various linux Distros to rescue data or altered a damaged Windows OS, Usually I use Ubuntu - or if a lower powered PC, take the drive out and attach to a workshop PC.

Sweep
12-03-2010, 11:12 AM
Just download puppylinux and give it a go!

+ 1 for Puppy

johnd
13-03-2010, 08:18 PM
My favourite is Parted Magic (see http://partedmagic.com/ ). The name implies that it might be for partitioning only - but it has heaps of other tools plus the nomral web browser, etc.