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Old 03-14-2008, 03:22 PM   #1
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Linux live cd ?

i am a newbie and a wanted learn more about Linux but am not ready to in stall it permanently. can any on recommend a good live cd that is suitable to run on a dell latitude 630 thanks
Old 03-14-2008, 03:33 PM   #2
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I would go with Ubuntu personally, but I am sure you will have many other recommendations shortly.

You can get the Ubuntu live CD from the following URL:


Old 03-14-2008, 04:17 PM   #3
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+1 for ubuntu here, it is a very good distro to start with.

I ve also heard that pclinuxos is pretty good, but haven't tried it myself.

There are alot distros to choose from. It depends on you, what you like and what you need.

Old 03-14-2008, 05:37 PM   #4
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I'll recommend Ubuntu too, based on your (short) post. But yes, there is a huge number of live-cds out there (and dvd versions too I guess); it's then a completely different matter which ones of them suit you Ubuntu is anyway a good start I think, it's got most of the things you'd expect to see in a freshly installed OS while still looking "friendly" or "simple". Knoppix is then a nice "swiss army knife" handy to have around, with lots of programs to use when your machine doesn't boot and you'll want to do something about it..not that Ubuntu couldn't do those things as well, but Knoppix was the first live-cd I used so it became some sort of a tradition then

Some projects also offer a live-cd though they're not distributions as such; for example Gnome site has a link where you can obtain a live-cd with the new Gnome 2.22 on it, to be able to try the new desktop environment out. It's basically some distribution packed with new Gnome, but the main focus is in the desktop, not the distribution - whereas Ubuntu livecd main focus is in Ubuntu, not Gnome well, try to sort that out bad, if it was confusing.

Get the Ubuntu livecd for a start, and if it feels absolutely terrible, try something else - and do get a 700MB cd-rw for the job, so you don't have to waste cd-r discs if you later choose to try something else out. The price difference between a -r and a -rw disc is so small nowadays that you don't actually "lose" anything buying one if you don't already have it.
Old 03-14-2008, 06:25 PM   #5
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The LiveCD List

Pick one, heck pick several.

Or install something like VMware and save the cds.
Old 03-15-2008, 01:58 AM   #6
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If you are using a Dell laptop, u can download a remastered version of Ubuntu from the Dell wiki site.

Try also using the Knoppix live linux.
Old 03-15-2008, 08:34 AM   #7
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Try knoppix or elive
Old 03-19-2008, 05:00 AM   #8
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I'm not sure what you have ,but you will need a minumum of 256mb of ram to run Ubuntu and I suggest 512mb of ram.. I use 768mb ram with 1.8Ghz P4s.. I have a 700Mhz P3 with 384mb ram that runs Ubuntu 6.6 Dapper Drake just fine.. The distro I like is called LinuxMint 3.0.. and it is built on Ubuntu 7.04 Fiesty but has KDE characteristics blended in..I run it on a CF-48 1.8Ghz 768mb ram.. I love it....Have fun....
Old 03-19-2008, 05:18 AM   #9
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Not sure of your location, but generally if you go to your local newsagent and pick up the latest linux magazine, linux format for example, they usually come with a CD that contains a handful of live Distros, (i think the last copy i bought had 8 distros on the live CD?) so you will have plenty to choose from

also you get the magazine which is good reading material :P
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well here is someone who has a prob with ubuntu

is post # 19


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