Thursday, March 17, 2011

List of live CDs

List of live CDs

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This is a list of live CDs. A live CD or live DVD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable computer operating system. Live CDs are unique in that they have the ability to run a complete, modern operating system on a computer lacking mutable secondary storage, such as a hard disk drive.



[edit]Rescue and repair live CDs

  • Billix – a multiboot distribution and system administration toolkit with the ability to install any of the included Linux distributions
  • Hiren's Boot CD – DOS-based computer rescue CD (partitionfilesystem, and Windows tools)
  • Inquisitor – Linux-based hardware diagnostics, stress testing and benchmarking Live CD
  • RIP: (R)ecovery (I)s (P)ossible is a Linux-based CD with partition tool and network tools (Samba), based on the 2.6.17 kernel.
  • SystemRescueCD is a Linux-based CD with tools for Windows and Linux repairs, based on the 2.6 kernel.
  • System Folder of Mac OS on a CD or on a floppy disk – works on any media readable by 68k or PowerPC Macintosh computers.
  • Trinity Rescue Kit – Mandriva Linux-based CD for use on a Windows or Linux-based system.
  • Parted Magic – Linux live CD with rescue and partitioning tools.
  • Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) - Permits the use of a choice of freeware, open-source, and shareware utilities.





A large number of live CDs are based on Knoppix. The list of those is in the derivatives section of the Knoppix article.


These are based at least partially on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian:


  • Damn Small Linux – very light and small with JWM and fluxbox, installable Live CD
  • Debian Live - Official live CD version of Debian.
  • DemoLinux (versions 2 and 3) – one of the very first Live CDs
  • Dreamlinux – installable Live CD to hard drives or flash media
  • Finnix – a small system administration Live CD. A PowerPC version is available.
  • Freeduc-cd – an educational live CD using Xfce realized with the help of UNESCO
  • gnuLinEx – includes GNOME
  • GNUstep – works on i386, AMD64, UltraSPARC, and PowerPC
  • grml – installable Live CD for sysadmins and text tool users
  • Kanotix – installable Live CD
  • Knoppix – the "original" Debian-based Live CD
  • MEPIS – installable Live CD
  • PureOS - based on Debian testing, installable Live CD/USB
  • sidux[2] based on Debian unstable (Sid), installable Live CD, DVD
  • SLAX – a Slackware derivative, modular and very easy to remaster
  • ULAnux/ULAnix – created in Mérida, Venezuela, and available on CD/DVD and USB forms






  • openSuSE – official Novell/SuSE-GmbH version - installable Live CD GNOME and KDE versions available

[edit]Red Hat Linux/Fedora-based


  • PCLinuxOS – installable Live CD for desktop computing use
  • Granular – installable Live CD based on PCLinuxOS, featuring KDE and Enlightenment

[edit]Other (Linux-based)