[nSLUG] Live Disk & a Mac to go

Matt Parker flame at ns.sympatico.ca
Mon Mar 10 08:55:16 AST 2003



Peter Cordes wrote:

>On Thu, Mar 06, 2003 at 12:19:16PM -0400, David L. Potter wrote:
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>>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.
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>>
>
> See http://www.knoppix.net/ for an example.  Also check:
>http://www.icewalkers.com/opd/Computers/Software/Operating_Systems/Linux/Distributions/Live_CD/
>  
>
Icewalker link does not work. Could it be a type errror?

>  
>
>>The next stage Version 1.1 ... ;-) would be a Mac equivalent or would 
>>that be Ver 4.0 ... assuming it's possible at all ...;-)
>>    
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> 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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