"We've seen various attempts to widen Linux's appeal among
mainstream users by getting rid of as much of the open source's
complex installation procedure as possible. The latest idea comes
from French start-up Linbox and it essentially eliminates
installation altogether. Linbox's DemoLinux distribution runs
straight off an auto booting CD-ROM, creating a RAM disk in the
host PC's memory and installing itself there.
"Of course, how practical DemoLinux's approach is for most users
is open to question. User will need several gigabytes of RAM - for
memory, storage and swap space - to make such a system work
efficiently. So DemoLinux is far from the "high-performance office
automation environment" its developer claims."
"That said, that isn't the point of DemoLinux. It's really a
demonstration of Linbox's technology for converting PCs into thin
clients. The company is targeting vertical markets, seeking out
customers with whom it can work to create custom Linux
distributions comprising OS and users' apps on CD."