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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)

"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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