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Live Linux: Building and Customizing Bootables (Negus Live Linux) [Paperback]

Christopher Negus
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14 Nov 2006 0132432749 978-0132432740 1

 Dream the perfect computer system, then build it to run on a Linux live CD!

 

A Linux live CD is more than just a Linux system you carry around. Start with a live CD that has all your favorite applications. Include and play photo slideshows, presentations, Web content, and music collections. Incorporate your own designs, colors, and images to appear everywhere from the boot prompt to the desktop.

 

When you are done, you have a perfectly customized CD or DVD that can run on almost any PC that you can reboot. In Live Linux® CDs, bestselling Linux author Christopher Negus guides you through the free software tools and toys you need to try out and create specialized Linux live CDs for security, presentations, gaming, multimedia, firewalls, and clustering. It is the first start-to-finish guide to using, creating, building, and remastering your own live Linux distributions.

 

Working from live CD technology on the accompanying DVD, you can

  • Boot and run live Linux versions of KNOPPIX, SLAX, Gentoo, Damn Small Linux, and other live CDs
  • Burn and boot Linux live CD ISO images of Ubuntu, KNOPPIX, SLAX, MoviX, BackTrack, and more
  • Build your own live CDs from instructions based on KNOPPIX (Debian), Fedora, Gentoo, Damn Small Linux, and SLAX
  • Create multimedia players that are customized to include your own video or music
  • Customize live CD rescue toolkits to analyze and repair data on compromised networks, Windows PCs, and Linux systems
  • Configure personal firewalls to protect from Internet intruders
  • Control the processing power of a group of computers, using live CD clusters

Whether you want to customize the perfect live Linux for your own use or distribute it to the world, Live Linux® CDs gives you all the knowledge, tools, and software you need.


 

 


Product details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (14 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132432749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132432740
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Most of all, I recommend this book to any Linux user who enjoys tinkering with the operating system and wants to build something truly their own. I know one guru who created a special distribution for his forum members. The possibilities are endless. Let Live Linux CDs be your guide to a new enjoyment of your Linux system."–Jack Carlson, Reviewer, Lockergnome.com

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 Dream the perfect computer system, then build it to run on a Linux live CD!

 

A Linux live CD is more than just a Linux system you carry around. Start with a live CD that has all your favorite applications. Include and play photo slideshows, presentations, Web content, and music collections. Incorporate your own designs, colors, and images to appear everywhere from the boot prompt to the desktop.

 

When you are done, you have a perfectly customized CD or DVD that can run on almost any PC that you can reboot. In Live Linux® CDs, bestselling Linux author Christopher Negus guides you through the free software tools and toys you need to try out and create specialized Linux live CDs for security, presentations, gaming, multimedia, firewalls, and clustering. It is the first start-to-finish guide to using, creating, building, and remastering your own live Linux distributions.

 

Working from live CD technology on the accompanying DVD, you can

  • Boot and run live Linux versions of KNOPPIX, SLAX, Gentoo, Damn Small Linux, and other live CDs
  • Burn and boot Linux live CD ISO images of Ubuntu, KNOPPIX, SLAX, MoviX, BackTrack, and more
  • Build your own live CDs from instructions based on KNOPPIX (Debian), Fedora, Gentoo, Damn Small Linux, and SLAX
  • Create multimedia players that are customized to include your own video or music
  • Customize live CD rescue toolkits to analyze and repair data on compromised networks, Windows PCs, and Linux systems
  • Configure personal firewalls to protect from Internet intruders
  • Control the processing power of a group of computers, using live CD clusters

Whether you want to customize the perfect live Linux for your own use or distribute it to the world, Live Linux® CDs gives you all the knowledge, tools, and software you need.


 

 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There is a wealth of information in here, even if you never make a "live CD" you should get this book for everything else you can learn from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live Linux CDs 3 Sep 2011
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This is an excellent book suitable for anyone who wants to create a customised live Linux CD. The book provides a lot of information on the way a live cd boots and the scripts that are run giving you the knowledge to create a live Linux distribution suitable for your needs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick for any user seeking the most versatility from a portable system. 4 Feb 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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A Linux live CD is more than just a portable Linux system: it is quite versatile, offering a live CD with photo slideshows, presentation capabilities, and customization options - and can run on nearly any PC. LIVE LINUX CDS tells how to use the free software and tools needed to create a customized Linux live SD. Its instructions are step-by-step and specific and offers plenty of tips on configuration and customization. An accompanying DVD includes a bootable live Linux CD set, too, making it a top pick for any user seeking the most versatility from a portable system.

Diane C. Donovan

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 Mar 2007
By Luis Marzagao - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this book for those who want to learn not only how to make bootable linux cds/dvds, but to learn about linux as a system. It has nice tips abaout mini-distros. And it's good for fedora fans. Great book.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Using and making live CDs 22 Jan 2007
By Chris Negus - Published on Amazon.com
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The book describes how to take the included live CDs (or use related technology) to build custom live CDs that contain the software and data (music, video, documents, etc.) you choose. Along the way you will learn how to customize every aspect of the CD, from the boot process to personalized desktops and applications.

Insert the DVD that comes with this book into your computer and reboot. From the boot prompt that appears, there are six remastered Linux live CDs you can launch. Trying them will help you understand the kinds of live CDs you can make before you start customizing or building your own live CD.

For low-end machines, SLAX and Damn Small Linux generally run well. With those CDs, you can add software from the Internet as you run live and save your customizations (to a pen drive or hard disk). KNOPPIX is considered the best full-featured Linux desktop live CD. The Gentoo live CD lets you install that live CD's contents to your hard disk.

If you only have a CD drive, complete images of Ubuntu, MoviX, BackTrack, and other live CDs can be burned from the DVD to run separately. GeeXboX can be remastered to make bootable movies, while Devil-Linux lets you make a custom firewall.

To stimulate ideas about the kind of live CD you might build, the book describes special types of live CDs for security, presentations, gaming, multimedia, and clusters. Once you know the basics for building a live CD, you can pick the packages you want to include from the thousands of software packages available from online software repositories.

If you enjoy tinkering with software, making live CDs is a fun way to spend some time that can result in a completely personalized computer system you can carry in your pocket. I hope you enjoy my book. -- Chris Negus
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book on building custom Linux CDs 24 Oct 2009
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a newcomer to Linux. I need to build a Live CD that contains certain utilities. I browsed the web and found lots of stuff. Some of it was inarticulate. A lot of articles conflicted with other articles. Many were simply incomprehensible. Confusion reigned - and then I found "Live Linux CDs".

What a great book. Yes, it is compiled from many of the very same web articles I found. The difference is that Christopher Negus is very much a Linux pro and a good writer as well. So he has vastly clarified the language of the original "how to" articles, added a comparatively vast amount of information on how Linux and specifically Linux Live CDs work and put it between covers. The customization of several Linux distributions is covered. For good measure - and as an instructive exercise - Negus also examines several existing Live CDs. The examples are very informative.

Thanks to Negus and his clear, crisp writing style, the book is an easy read. By skipping the chapters on distros that I don't plan on using, I was through the book in a few hours. The best part is that I am looking forward to building my own Live CD. After reading Negus, I have no fear of the process because he has explained it so thoroughly. That is cool.

Jerry
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, unique resource. 25 Jan 2011
By Justin B. - Published on Amazon.com
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While a little dated, the information in the book is a great resource focusing on live/bootable CDs. It includes a DVD with several live distributions on it, and several methods on how to customize and create bootable CDs. It does NOT provide information on how to build a bootable CD from the ground up, at least, not in any step-by-step method, but more as an academic discussion of the boot process.

It's a great resource for anyone looking for information on making their own bootable linux distribution.
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