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.

Rescue and repair live CDs[edit]

  • Avira Rescue System - Ubuntu based live CD that scans and repairs malware-infected computers
  • Billix – A multiboot distribution and system administration toolkit with the ability to install any of the included Linux distributions
  • Boot Repair Disk - One-click repair disk featuring 'Boot-Repair' for Linux and Microsoft Windows Systems
  • ESET SysRescue Live - a Linux kernel-based CD that is a malware cleaning tool for disinfecting compromised systems
  • F-Secure Rescue CD - A Knoppix based live CD to scan and disinfect a computer
  • Inquisitor – Linux kernel-based hardware diagnostics, stress testing and benchmarking Live CD
  • Kaspersky Rescue CD - A live CD "to scan, disinfect and restore infected operating systems." by the antivirus editor
  • Parted Magic – Entirely based on the 2.6 or newer kernels
  • Recovery Is Possible (RIP) – A Linux kernel-based CD with partition tool and network tools (Samba), earlier versions were based on the 2.6.17 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
  • SystemRescueCD – A Linux kernel-based CD with tools for Windows and Linux repairs
  • Trinity Rescue Kit – Mandriva Linux-based CD for use on a Windows or Linux system
  • Hiren's BootCD - A popular recovery Live CD with a mini version of Windows XP.

BSD-based[edit]

FreeBSD based[edit]

OpenBSD based[edit]

  • Anonym.OS (discontinued) – an OpenBSD-based disc for secure and anonymous Web browsing
  • jggimi - a OpenBSD 5.0-release LiveCD / LiveDVD for x86 and AMD64 in 6 variant: basic, Firefox, fluxbox, xfce, gnome and kde.

Other BSDs[edit]

DOS-based[edit]

Hurd-based[edit]

Linux kernel-based[edit]

Arch Linux based[edit]

  • ArchBang – An OpenBox preconfigured Arch Linux Live CD AND distribution
  • Archie is a live CD version of Arch Linux.
  • DidJiX – A live Linux distribution focused on Mixxx
  • FaunOS – a portable, fully integrated Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, which can run from a USB Flash Drive or a DVD
  • Manjaro – It is a primarily free software operating system for personal computers aimed at ease of use.

Debian-based[edit]

These are directly based on Debian:

  • aptosid[1] based on Debian unstable (Sid), installable Live CD, DVD
  • BackTrack – A penetration testing toolkit
  • Debian Live – Official live CD version of Debian
  • Finnix – A small system administration Live CD, based on Debian testing, and available for x86 and PowerPC architectures
  • grml – Installable Live CD for sysadmins and text tool users
  • HandyLinux - A French/English Linux distribution derived from Debian designed for inexperienced computer users
  • Instant WebKiosk – Live, browser only operating system for use in web kiosks and digital signage deployments
  • Kali Linux – A penetration testing toolkit
  • Knoppix – The "original" Debian-based Live CD
  • LinuxBBQ - installable Live CD based on Debian Unstable (Sid)
  • PureOS – Based on Debian testing, installable Live CD/USB
  • siduction[2] based on Debian unstable (Sid), installable Live CD, DVD, fork of aptosid
  • Tails - An Amnesic OS based on anonymity and Tor
  • Webconverger - Kiosk software that boots live in order to turn PC into temporary Web kiosk

Knoppix-based[edit]

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

Ubuntu-based[edit]

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

  • CGAL LiveCD – Live CD containing CGAL with all demos compiled. This enables the user to get an impression of CGAL and create CGAL software without the need to install CGAL.[3]
  • Emmabuntüs is a Linux distribution derived from Ubuntu and designed to facilitate the repacking of computers donated to Emmaüs Communities.
  • gNewSense – Supported by the Free Software Foundation, includes GNOME
  • gOS – A series of lightweight operating systems based on Ubuntu with Ajax-based applications and other Web 2.0 applications, geared to beginning users, installable Live CD
  • Linux Mint – Installable Live CD
  • Mythbuntu – A self-contained media center suite based on Ubuntu and MythTV
  • OpenGEU – Installable Live CD
  • PC/OS – An Ubuntu derivative whose interface was made to look like BeOS. a 64 bit version was released in May 2009. In 2010 PC/OS moved to a more unified look to its parent distribution and a GNOME version was released on March 3, 2010.
  • Pinguy - An Ubuntu based distribution designed to look and feel simple. Pinguy is designed with the intent of integrating new users to Linux.
  • Puredyne – Live CD/DVD/USB for media artists and designers, based on Ubuntu and Debian Live
  • Qimo 4 Kids – A fun distro for kids that comes with educational games
  • Super OS (formerly Super Ubuntu) – Installable Live DVD, can be converted to a Live USB using the built-in cd2usb or usb-creator
  • TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library – Family of installable Live CD appliances optimized for ease of use in server-type usage scenarios
  • Ubuntu and Lubuntu – Bootable live CDs.
  • Security Onion - is a Linux distro for IDS (Intrusion Detection) and NSM (Network Security Monitoring).[4]

Other Debian-based[edit]

Gentoo-based[edit]

Mandriva-based[edit]

openSUSE-based[edit]

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

Red Hat Linux/Fedora-based[edit]

Slackware-based[edit]

Other (Linux kernel-based)[edit]

Mac OS X-based[edit]

Microsoft Windows-based[edit]

Microsoft representatives have described third-party efforts at producing Windows-based Live CDs as “improperly licensed” uses of Windows, unless you use it solely to rescue your own, properly licensed Installation. However, Nu2 Productions believes the use of BartPE is legal provided that one Windows license is purchased for each BartPE CD, and the Windows license is used for nothing else.[8]

OpenSolaris-based[edit]

Systems based on the former open source "OS/net Nevada" or ONNV open source project by Sun Microsystems.

OpenSolaris-based[edit]

  • BeleniX – full LiveCD and LiveUSB distribution (moving to Illumos?)
  • MilaX small opensolaris based LiveCD and LiveUSB
  • OpenSolaris – the former official distribution supported by Sun Microsystems based on ONNV and some closed source parts
  • SchilliX started as the first OpenSolaris Live CD distribution.

Illumos-based[edit]

Illumos is a fork of the former OpenSolaris ONNV aiming to further develop the ONNV and replacing the closed source parts while remaining binary compatible. The following products are based upon Illumos:

  • Nexenta OS – combines the GNU userland with the OpenSolaris kernel.
  • OpenIndiana – since OpenIndiana 151a based on Illumos

Other operating systems[edit]

See also[edit]

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