[nSLUG] Live Disk & a Mac to go
peter at llama.nslug.ns.ca
Thu Mar 6 15:49:25 AST 2003
On Thu, Mar 06, 2003 at 12:19:16PM -0400, David L. Potter wrote:
> At the last meeting of the Halifax Area Personal Computer Club we had a
> demonstration of a Linux learning tool in the form of a 'Live Disk'.
> The first thing that popped into my little mind was using a live disk to
> allow me to do remote system admin from those Windows boxes that are
> always under foot.
> The disk demo-ed did not have a ssh client although it did have a
> XWindows client.
> I know that I can mount an iso image but I'm assuming that I couldn't
> manipulate it - i.e. add a ssh client.
> So, am I correct in thinking that I've got to build a disk (HD) with the
> features I want (ssh, dialup ?) and then take an image of it and burn
> the image to a CD.
> The live disk is an attractive starting point because it is already set
> up to be quite tolerant of hardware.
See http://www.knoppix.net/ for an example. Also check:
> The next stage Version 1.1 ... ;-) would be a Mac equivalent or would
> that be Ver 4.0 ... assuming it's possible at all ...;-)
Macs can boot from CDs, so yeah, it's possible. (GNU/Linux runs fine on
Macs, even some m68k I think! Old PPCs (with NuBus instead of PCI) are a
problem, though. Motorola had a version of Linux running on top of Mach,
but I don't think it's very up to date anymore.
I went looking, and I actually found one: http://www.gentoo.org/ has live
CD images for x86, Mac, and SPARC.
is their "master mirror", so there are probably copies in other places.
I think they mean "live CD" in the sense that you can boot and use GNU/Linux
without touching your hard drive.
As for customizing the contents, I don't know. Unless the people who make
these have something specially set up for doing it, you could just get a
system set up in a 650MB partition (or a file mounted with the loopback
device), and put the ext2 FS right onto the CD. You could also convert it
to iso9660 with RockRidge. I guess you could download the ISO image and
change what's in it before you burned it. I don't think ISO9660 can't be
mounted read-write, so it would have to do more than mount it through the
loopback device and cp files into it :(
 actually, it doesn't look like there any CD images for SPARC, too bad
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