LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 09-04-2014, 06:09 AM   #1
bri_c
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2013
Posts: 21

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Unhappy dvd menus


Hi, just a general inquiry about the free dvd's i get from linux format. How do i make my own, i have looked for dvd menu software but they all just offer ways of accessing songs etc., not a way to choose iso's and boot them. Can anyone help me in this matter and if it involves scripts can you give me an idiots guide on what to do as i have never written a script. thanks for anyone's time willing to answer, Brian
 
Old 09-04-2014, 07:04 AM   #2
rtmistler
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Location: USA
Distribution: MINT Debian, Angstrom, SUSE, Ubuntu, Debian
Posts: 9,883
Blog Entries: 13

Rep: Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930
You need CD/DVD burning software to burn a disk image file (.ISO) to a disk. Depends whether you're running Linux or some other OS, for Linux a popular one is Brasero, but there are others. Are you running Linux? If so, what distribution? Some of them have burning software included as part of the distribution.

Here are some results I found by searching for "DVD burning software linux":

YoLinux Tutorial: Burning a CD or DVD

6 of the best medial burners for Linux
 
Old 09-05-2014, 12:17 AM   #3
ondoho
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Dec 2013
Posts: 19,872
Blog Entries: 12

Rep: Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053
Quote:
Originally Posted by bri_c View Post
but they all just offer ways of accessing songs etc., not a way to choose iso's and boot them.
do you mean some sort of grub menu for live cd's?
i don't think there's an app to do that.
it is probably possible, but takes much more tweaking, and maybe even tweaking the .iso's themselves.
 
Old 09-10-2014, 10:29 AM   #4
bri_c
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2013
Posts: 21

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
dvd menus

Indeed i was talking about creating a dvd with multiple iso's with a menu to choose which one to boot just like the cover discs on linux format magazine. I have a vague memory that they done an article on how to do this but can't find anything online except sardu which i am just about to try. There are multi boot progs for usb sticks although i have had limited success with them. If anyone can remember if lxf did do an article on multiboot can they please write down the issue number.Or if anyone at lxf is reading this can they perhaps help? Thanks Brian.

PS. Nothing important,just it would save me discs and money and for the greenies rescources as i like distro hopping and trying various linux flavours on friends computers who are thinking of converting from windows to show how much differences there are to choose from.Carrying 2 discs with 10 distros is better than carrying 10 discs.
 
Old 09-10-2014, 11:56 AM   #5
yancek
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Apr 2008
Distribution: Slackware, Ubuntu, PCLinux,
Posts: 10,497

Rep: Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489Reputation: 2489
Is what is described at the link below what you want. The method below describes booting iso files which are on a hard drive from Grub2 which is also installed on the drive. If you just want to test various systems, this would probably be the easiest. You could run them as a Live CD (read-only) to test, then just delete the iso if you don't like it. You could either put them on your current Linux installation with Grub2 bootloader or create a separate partition to boot them from.

You can also do this with a flash drive by putting the iso files on a partition on a flash drive and installing Grub2 to the master boot record of the flash drive. You need to create your own grub.cfg file manually in this case.

You can do something similar to put multiple iso files in a directory and again creating a grub.cfg file manually and would need the eltorito.img file in grub. You would then use the mkisofs or genisoimage command to create the bootable iso and burn it as an image to a DVD. All Linux systems are not capable of 'being' booted directly as an iso.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...OBoot/Examples

Last edited by yancek; 09-10-2014 at 04:03 PM.
 
Old 09-10-2014, 11:59 AM   #6
rtmistler
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Location: USA
Distribution: MINT Debian, Angstrom, SUSE, Ubuntu, Debian
Posts: 9,883
Blog Entries: 13

Rep: Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930
The only way I can think to do what you're saying "might" be the following:

One side of a DVD is 4.7 Gig. The easiest thing to do IMHO is to get a 4 Gig thumbstick. Install a few distributions onto it and have it so that it can multiboot to each of those. Once you have it the way you want it, burn the contents of that disk to the DVD. You could keep the thumbstick as your master and as you add more or tweak things you do have, you can create a new DVD. That also gives you the alternative to use either the USB or the DVD depending on how the other system detects boot devices.

I don't know if it's better to make an ISO image of the thumbstick, or to just to the dd command to bit copy from USB to DVD. Probably the same result.

Stretching the envelope you can get an 8 Gig thumbstick and partition it to be 4.6 or 4.5 Gig. I don't recommend you go all the way to 4.7 Gig because it may be marginally too large for the target DVD. But that would get you another 500-600M of space.

Another option is to use a two sided DVD and then you can install different distros on two 4 Gig thumbsticks and put each image on opposing sides of the DVD. So one side might have distros 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the other side might have another 3-4 distros.
 
Old 09-11-2014, 10:38 AM   #7
ondoho
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Dec 2013
Posts: 19,872
Blog Entries: 12

Rep: Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053Reputation: 6053
Quote:
Originally Posted by rtmistler View Post
One side of a DVD is 4.7 Gig. The easiest thing to do IMHO is to get a 4 Gig thumbstick. Install a few distributions onto it and have it so that it can multiboot to each of those. Once you have it the way you want it, burn the contents of that disk to the DVD.
this sounds pretty genius actually.
i know it's possible with usb sticks and probably easier, too, because you don't have to create it in 1 go.
 
Old 09-11-2014, 12:16 PM   #8
rtmistler
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Location: USA
Distribution: MINT Debian, Angstrom, SUSE, Ubuntu, Debian
Posts: 9,883
Blog Entries: 13

Rep: Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930Reputation: 4930
Quote:
Originally Posted by ondoho View Post
this sounds pretty genius actually.
i know it's possible with usb sticks and probably easier, too, because you don't have to create it in 1 go.
What can I say, I'm on a roll this week.

The wife's tablet kept doing something wrong on a particular web site and as soon as she tried to show it to me, it worked perfectly. She literally said "It's like the tablet knows you're here!"
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLVED] Can't produce a DVD with menus, but only in Slackware vdemuth Slackware 4 06-14-2010 01:37 PM
ffmpeg instead of mjpegtools for DVD menus? Shadow_7 Linux - Software 7 04-18-2010 09:51 AM
Removing DVD title menus Nightspear Linux - Software 5 04-08-2009 04:48 PM
MPlayer and DVD Menus dudeman41465 Linux - Software 3 02-25-2006 09:55 PM
Making DVD's with menus in Linux? zenith_zth Linux - Software 4 08-09-2005 09:05 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:25 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration