Creating live Linux CDs has become a fairly common pastime. Many of the
distributions added to the distributions list
in the past year
are live CDs tailored to specific purposes. Many people start with a live
CD that they like and then add and subtract packages to create the CD of
their dreams. Debian
of the most popular distributions to use as a starting point.
Many major vendors will create a live CD to showcase a current snapshot of
a release, and often a live CD is used to showcase some other software
package. IBM developerWorks takes
a look at how to distribute your software packages on a live Linux CD.
The Slackware-based SLAX-Live CD is another popular
starting point. SLAX and many variants use shell scripts from the Linux Live project to tailor their
favorite distribution into a live CD.
Canonical Ltd. created Launchpad, a
suite of tools (some proprietary, some free) that allows Ubuntu Linux to be
easily turned into Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and a host of other variants.
Fedora fans now have the Kadischi Fedora Live CD
Project, which has recently created Fedora
Core 5 Test 2 live CDs.
This is only a quick view of the growing number of tools for rolling your
own Linux distribution.
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