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Old 05-13-2008, 04:46 PM   #1
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General painfree way to extract several Linux live CDs on HD and boot with GRUB?


I have a Fat32 partition on which I want to extract several Linux live CDs and be able to boot them with GRUB.

The partition has several subfolders with each Live CD iso extracted into it:


I know how to use Grub and even got DSL to run (although only in text mode - it doesn't boot into the WindowManager).

I know it is impossible to directly boot from an ISO file (or has this changed by now?). But there should be a way to boot an extracted ISO the way it would boot if I burned this ISO on a CDRom and booted it from there.

Also it should be a general way, i.e. no special config for every other Distribution in GRUB.

Is it perhaps possible to just tell GRUB to call IsoLinux in a general way, since all Live CDs use Isolinux to boot?

Old 05-13-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
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If you want to try and test that much different distributions without putting each on it's own partition, then I would rather suggest you install vmware or vmware-player. That way you can boot each iso-file as a virtual machine. You can also use VirtualBox or Quemu, but so far I had the best experiences with similar attempts by using vmware.

Having all those distro's on a single partition - even worse: a FAT32 partition - is something that I doubt that it will work, though I don't rule out that it is maybe possible somehow. It will certainly be complicated and painful.

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Old 05-13-2008, 05:44 PM   #3
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I have my use cases.

Fat32 is no problem. This are no production systems! This are anyway live-CDs, no Linux installs!

Also I do not want to just test them. All Linux distros should be bootable after a restart.

So VmWare is no option!!!



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