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Old 08-04-2004, 07:49 AM   #1
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I'm planning to switch to linux.
I'm thinking about the folowing: boot linux from a LiveCD, then copy the CD content to the hard drive, and use that as a 'mirror' to run linux. With this I could remove the CD media after booting.

Q: is this possible? If yes, how?

Many thanks in advance.

Old 08-04-2004, 08:02 AM   #2
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Hi Manngo!

Welcome to Yup, it's quite possible to install a LiveCD in your HD. Knoppix makes it quite easy. You will need to create a partition for Linux and install the boot loader, but a few commands and clicks and you get it all setup with Knoppix.

Lemme know if you need further help.

Good luck!
Old 08-04-2004, 08:19 AM   #3
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Excuse me, I was not clear enough and gave not enogh information. I'm planning to encrypt the whole HDD. Then I cannot boot from HDD, becouse it is encrypted. So I have to boot from a CD and lunch the encrypting application (TrueCrypt seems to be a good choice) to access my HDD. After this I want to remove the CD, that I booted from, but I cannot becouse Linux is runing from there. I have seen opportunities to load the entire OS (CD content) to a Ramdrive and use it from there. I just interested, if it is possible to use an 'imagedrive' created from a disc image or a directory on the HDD instead of the ramdrive. just becouse I dont have 1GB Ram. :-(

Aaaaand I would like to run VMWare, to run windows. (Becouse i need some application under it.) Does it support Knoppix? According their site only Mandrake,SUSE and Red Hat are supported as host systems.

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Old 08-04-2004, 08:37 AM   #4
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For the first question, DamnSmallLinux or FeatherLinux can help you, these two are mini-distribution that can be booted by USB,CD and then load the whole OS into ramdisk... and they need only about 96MB of RAM
Old 08-04-2004, 11:16 AM   #5
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The only problem with booting from USB is that you motherboard won't BIOS won't support it, most probably.


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