[nSLUG] Live Disk & a Mac to go

Rory Bray rory at vudu.nb.ca
Fri Mar 7 16:35:20 AST 2003


Knoppix is quite impressive and should have all you need for diagnostics,
etc.   I also found a guide somewhere for customizing the content of the CD
but it escapes me at the moment.   Some googling about should find it.

R

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Cordes" <peter at llama.nslug.ns.ca>
To: "nslug" <nslug at nslug.ns.ca>
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 3:49 PM
Subject: Re: [nSLUG] Live Disk & a Mac to go


> 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:
>
http://www.icewalkers.com/opd/Computers/Software/Operating_Systems/Linux/Dis
tributions/Live_CD/
>
> > 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[1].
> http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/distributions/gentoo/releases/1.4_rc3/
> 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 :(
>
> [1] actually, it doesn't look like there any CD images for SPARC, too bad
> Donald :)
>
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