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8 Linux-based Live CD/DVD and USB Distros For All Occasions

Jun 21, 2010, 17:33 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

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"If you're new to the Linux or open source community, you might not have heard of live disc or USB distributions yet. They let you run a operating system on PCs without installing anything on the hard drive. It loads directly from the CD/DVD disc or USB flash drive. Many full Linux desktop distros, such as Ubuntu, can be ran in this live mode. However, there are also live distros created for a wide-variety of other specific applications and solutions. Here we'll review several of these. Let's get started! Public IP ZoneCD: hotspot gateway

"This turns a PC into a hotspot gateway, helping you offer public wireless Internet while protecting your private network. The PC you use can be a old, slow, machine. You just need a minimum 128 MB of RAM, bootable CD-ROM, floppy drive or USB flash drive, and two Ethernet cards. You will also need at least one router (wired or wireless) and a wireless access point (or another wireless router). The Live CD machine will sit between these two components.

"You don't need to be a Linux user to configure or manage the system; its pretty user-friendly. The free service provides all the basic hotspot functionality: captive portal, content filtering, bandwidth throttling, walled garden, and firewalling. Premium services give you even more features, such as a ticketing system, printer support, and captive portal customization."

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