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Old 07-21-2008, 02:24 PM   #1
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Question Disabling Hard Drive on Boot-Up

Hi Guys,

Feel free to recommend any distro for this job as I'm still experimenting with various flavours at this stage.

I'd like to be able to run Linux on an i686 laptop from a live CD so that when the machine boots, it is 'blind' to the hard drive so it's effectively 'NOT THERE' after the boot completes and everything is done in RAM. I know some distros claim to do this by default, but using commands like 'sudo' can defeat this, so I want to make it EXPLICIT.

I'm thinking maybe a HDD disabling cheat-code that I can use to re-author the CD so I don't have to enter it (the cheat-code) every time I boot up. But any suggestions would be welcome.


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You could take a Gnome based live CD and remaster it with your preferred configurations set in gconf-editor and locked. You mention sudo so I'll assume Ubuntu is on your mind. Perhaps the easiest way would be to create a second user (which by default has no access to sudo) and have it setup to auto log-in the second user, or to change the properties of the 1st user so it has no admin rights. There are plenty of tools and tutorials available for remastering live CDs, many of which are Ubuntu specific.

You should also investigate KDE's Kiosk mode.

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