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A Restricted Live-Only Linux?


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#1 Capn Easy

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:58 PM

I have an application that, for security purposes, I'd like to run from a Linux "Live" CD. So far, so good.

Now for the tricky part. I would like to make sure the Live CD cannot be used to install a Linux distro on the computer -- I would like to boot into Linux without having the option to install the Linux distro at all.

Does anyone know of such a Live CD, or if it's possible to put one together?

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 03:43 PM

Well, you can install the Linux distro on a flash drive and boot off it as if it were a regular hard drive (assuming the local machine supports booting off a flash drive). It's not the same experience as a "normal" Live CD, but achieves your objective of not being able to install Linux on the local computer. If you want to go this route, let me know and I can give you the directions to do so.

I'm don't know if any Live Linux CD's exist that don't have the option to install the distro.
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Posted 19 May 2011 - 04:35 PM

Hi,

xpud normally doesn't offer to install but has only very limited functionality. Knoppix is also normally a live-cd only distro.

As said you can also install any linux distro onto a flash drive and boot from that (it won't show the "install option" then).

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 05:49 PM

Thanks, myrti. :)
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:58 AM

Is UPR (Ubuntu Privacy Remix) any help?
"The goal of Ubuntu Privacy Remix is to provide an isolated working environment where sensitive data can be dealt with safely. The system installed on the computer running UPR remains untouched, UPR is not intended for permanent installation on hard disk. Instead of that Ubuntu Privacy Remix runs from a modified Live-CD based on Ubuntu Linux. All user data reside exclusively on encrypted removable media."

https://www.privacy-cd.org/en

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 06:15 PM

Thanks very much! The Flash installation might be the easiest way to go, but the other options would probably work as well. Now I just have to test them! :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 02:38 AM

Hope it goes well, whichever option you end up using!




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