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November 22, 2004 10:34 PM PST

Those Live CD Linux distributions are so hot right now. How about an distro that fits on a business card CD or a 128MB USB pen drive? This one fits in around 50Mb. It includes a desktop, browser and a pile of useful utils.

Comments (3)
Gavin, November 23, 2004 09:08 AM:

I stumbled upon this link off of Slashdot today.

A huge list of distros with their min/max ISO sizes. It also lists their target audience (Desktop, Gaming, Rescue, Home Entertainment).

The guy on the slashdot article wants to send out LiveCDs with his Christmas card, or even customize the bootup screens to be the Christmas cards. With a bit of work I think that could be a pretty cool way to wow people, assuming it booted up correctly.

John, November 23, 2004 10:17 AM:

Yeah, liveCds can be pretty cool for rescue or especially demos, where you can bring your controlled environment with you. But as we have seen, getting good hardware detection and support on a liveCD can be difficult, not to mention very slow to use. What would be more impressive to me would be the ability to do a 'Linux on Windows' CD that would launch as a Windows app and not require a reboot. I thought that Corel had a distro that did something like this back before they changed directions for the 99th time.

George, November 23, 2004 10:44 PM:

Looks like Linux on Windows is doable though it looks like you need an X server on the pc:

Of course there's always vmware or virtualpc, but using commerical software to enable a livecd is would not be true to the spirit of Linux livecds.

Regarding h/w support with livecds, I needed to look at the disk partions on an IBM ThinkPad today and tossed in a linux resuce cd ( and booted the system. I didn't even think about whether it was going to work or not, but I was surprised to see that sleep mode worked. Of course I wasn't running X and didn't bother to see if networking or sound was functional so I won't claim h/w detection was handled completely. Maybe I'll throw a copy of knoppix at it tomorrow and see what happens.

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