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floppy_stuttgart 01-22-2011 06:28 PM

How to start a "live CD linux distro" which ISO is on the HDD?

I would like to try slitaz.
But I am running out of CDs because I tested DSL, TCL, PuppyLinux, Knoppix, antiX.. and burned them on CD everytime..
And my PC dont boot from USB (too old).

So, the idea would be now
a) download the ISO from the download place (ISO for live CD)
b) put parameters in menu.lst like

echo live cd distrotest1
root (hd..)
kernel hdy/isostartprogram.bin root=hdx/distroplace iso=distrotest1

(not untar or any directory implementation on the HDD, simply put an ISO reading program and run the whole stuff into RAM)

Thanks for any help.

EDDY1 01-22-2011 07:23 PM

Use rewriteable cd's

---------- Post added 01-22-11 at 05:24 PM ----------

Install Virtual Box then you can try all the distros and not need cd's

EDDY1 01-22-2011 07:25 PM

I have 4 on my machine afdter the first 1 it gets easier.

jefro 01-24-2011 04:48 PM

You really should install a virtual machine.

Grub can boot some iso's but not all are bootable in grub or grub4dos.

Live usb's are a great way to go too.

darkduck 01-25-2011 03:46 AM


Originally Posted by jefro (Post 4236523)
Live usb's are a great way to go too.

...and faster!

floppy_stuttgart 01-26-2011 11:33 AM


Originally Posted by darkduck (Post 4236847)
...and faster!

I have already knoppix on one USB (in fact a compactflash I used on an USB adapter and now this CF is in the PC with an IDE adapter). But I am running out of USB.
So, if there is no other solution than using a virtual machine, I wil do it.

EDDY1 01-26-2011 12:58 PM

you'll be able to do more rewrites and have less hardware and grub issues during testing different distros.

jefro 01-26-2011 04:50 PM

The problem is not so simple. Yes, some iso images can be booted directly. Yet, not all can be easily booted directly and not all can be booted from a usb flash. I only keep two flash that I use for linux boot. I select one to erase when I want to choose.

Why not use a Virtual Machine would be my question? They are the most simple way to boot an iso or image or pre-made vm or dd copy of hard drive or usb or cd or almost any media.

I only use VM's for testing. They boot faster from the OS I am on. They boot way faster than a usb or cd every could. They take only a few seconds to create and destroy. They can be transported, shared and used like any file. What is the down side?

floppy_stuttgart 01-27-2011 03:13 PM

ok. ok. Virtual machine.
I have tinyCoreLinux (my preferred distro currently). Which extension should I use?
qemu? or another one?
my pc is a low spec pc: it should be adapted to a vm program.
Any recommendation?

jefro 01-27-2011 04:14 PM

Tell use your system then. I assumed it was pretty good.

whk 01-27-2011 04:30 PM

Read the fine manual

Check out Unusual install methods. However, read all of it first.

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