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10 Top Tools for Novelists
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  • Knoppix
    KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it. Read more hot
  • MEPIS Linux
    MEPIS Linux is a desktop Linux system that is also easy to configure as a dedicated server. It is designed for both personal and business purposes. It includes cutting-edge features such as a live/installation/recovery CD, automatic hardware configuration, NTFS partition resizing, ACPI power management, WiFi support, anti-aliased TrueType fonts, a personal firewall, KDE, and much more. Read more hot
  • Morphix
    Morphix is built from the existing Knoppix and Debian GNU/Linux distributions. But Morphix is modular; this means that it consists of a number of parts which together form a working distribution. hot
  • PCLinuxOS
    PCLinuxOS is an English only self-booting live cd that runs entirely from a bootable CD without installing anything on your computer. Read more hot
  • aquamorph
    Originally based on Morphix' Lightgui, aquamorph is a complete, up-to-date environment, in which the user can comfortably browse, program and generally just do his work, while not having to worry about configuring and installing things.
  • Arabbix
    This project is tasked with bringing forth a fully Arabized Live-CD distribution.
  • Archie
    Archie is a complete live Arch linux system (v0.7) to be run from a cd/usb, built with the KISS philosophy in mind. No packages have been stripped to provide a full Arch linux system, yet deliver fastest performance with no extensive bloating. Archie uses its own hw-detection tool (lshwd) ideally to support a wide range of hardware with low detection time. Archie also provides extended features like multi-lingual, nesting capabilities and hd-install.
  • Arco-Debian Linux
    A bootable CD Linux with automatic hardware detection which is originally based on Knoppix, Kurumin and Debian. It is a single CD distribution and now includes kernel-2.6.25-arc and kde-4.1.3.
  • ATmission
    The ATmission Live CD contains the KDE desktop and Open Office, and a lot of other application programs.
  • austrumi
    austrumi is a business card size (50MB) bootable Live CD Linux distribution. It is based on Slackware using the 'Blin' initialisation scripts.
  • Berry Linux
    Berry Linux is a bootable CD Linux, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. If you have network devices, auto-configure DHCP and you can use Internet. And you can enjoy OpenOffice, MS Office compatible office suite, or use GIMP by free. Berry Linux can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. But it's able to install on hard disk. (Needs 1.7GB free space. Using Berry Linux Installer). Berry Linux is based on Red Hat Fedora Core 6. Read more
    BIG LINUX is a Brazilian Linux Live CD with support for hard disk install and localised into Brazilian Portuguese. BIG LINUX based on the Knoppix Live CD.
  • Blin
    Blin Linux is a stable, fast, universal, multi-purpose and 100% free Linux operating system for x86 processors. It doesn't need to be installed on a hard disk as it is run directly from the bootable CD. It has support for the Cyrillic alphabet.
  • Catix
    Catix is a Linux live CD based on Knoppix and with support for the the Catalan language.
  • is a very light distribution using IceWM instead of a heavyweight desktop environment.
  • Chakra
    The Chakra Project brings a ground-up Linux distribution, a free software showcase project created by a bunch of people who like the KISS principles of ArchLinux the elegance of KDE and a bundlesystem to support well known Gtk applications.
  • Colonist
    Colonist aims to provide an easy-to-use installer of live CD Linux distibutions for coLinux, along with initial configuration of virtual devices so that the user can get a working Linux platform at the end of installation process.
  • Comal-Linux
    Comal-Linux is a Linux distribution derived from Slackware Linux. It is packaged as a live CD, and is intended for desktop users who want to use Slackware Linux without first installing it on their computers.
  • Condorux
    Condorux is a Peruvian Linux distribution based on Knoppix.
  • DebEX
    DebEX Barebone, DebEX Gnome and DebEX KDE Linux 64 bit
  • DEFT
    Digital Evidence and Forensic Toolkit (DEFT) is built around the DART (Digital Advanced Response Toolkit) software and based on Ubuntu.
  • DemoLinux
    DemoLinux is based on the Mandrake distribution. A Japanese version of DemoLinux 3.01pl5 has been developed by the Information technology Research Institute.
  • Dinux
    Dinux is a KNOPPIX-based Spanish Linux live CD with support for the Basque (Euskara) language.
  • Django Live OS
    Django Live OS is a live CD based on Debian stable which enables easy setup, hosting, and testing of Django apps.
  • Dzongkha Debian Linux
    The Dzongkha Localization Project has created a live CD based on Debian and localized into Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan
  • Elive
    Elive is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian. Unlike the majority of distributions, Elive uses the Enlightenment desktop environment instead of GNOME or KDE. Read more
  • Epidemic GNU/Linux
    Um sistema operacional livre baseado diretamente no Projeto Debian, desenvolvido com o intuito de facilitar a vida dos novos usuários linux.
  • ExLight Linux
    ExLight Linux is based on Enlightenment and Ubuntu.
  • Flash Linux
    Flash Linux is a customised Linux distribution initially designed to be run directly off a 256Mb USB key or other (similar) forms of bootable flash memory. It has subsequently (also) become a Linux distribution that runs directly from a CDROM, typically known as a Live-CD.
  • Frenzy
    Frenzy is a "portable system administrator toolkit," LiveCD based on FreeBSD. It generally contains software for hardware tests, file system check, security check and network setup and analysis.
  • FuguIta
    FuguIta is a Live CD which was built from OpenBSD.
  • G-ZyX
    G-Zyx is a Fedora based distribution with a collection of open source software that runs from a single CD/DVD. G-ZyX is the flagship manifestation of the ViROS distribution generation platform.
  • Generations Linux
    Generations Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution that boots and runs completely from CD-ROM media. It includes a large base of powerful recent Linux software and desktop environments, including the lastest Linux kernel v,2.6, the K Desktop Environment (KDE) with office tools, games, multimedia, graphics, productivity, software development, Internet, and support for laptops.
  • gNewSense
    gNewSense is derived from Ubuntu, and thus has most of the same functionality. There are a number of differences though, including: Firmware removed from kernel in main, Restricted removed, Ubuntu logos replaced, Universe enabled by default, and emacs, bsdgames, nethack and build-essential part of the default install.
  • GNUstep Live CD
    GNUstep Live CD contains a lot of software for GNUstep, a free implementation of the OPENSTEP framework (which was also the base as Cocoa in Mac OS X). Display Postscript is one of its powerful features. It includes excellent applications for RAD (GORM and ProjectCenter).
  • Instant-Grid
    Instant-Grid is a Knoppix-based live-CD bundled with a pre-configured grid environment based on the Globus Toolkit.
  • Jinx Linux
    Jinx is a minimalistic graphical operating system for use on old computers with 64MB RAM. Suitable for desktop, business, and library use. It includes a browser, office applications in a 50MB ISO.
  • Joatha
    Joatha is an Arabic live CD Linux distribution. It was established in June 2005 by a Saudi Engineer as an Arabic remaster of Kanotix.
  • Kanotix
    Kanotix, also referred to as KANOTIX, is based on Debian unstable (but moved after the last release to Debian etch) with advanced hardware detection. It can run from a CD-ROM drive without using a hard disk. Read more
  • KernelKit
    KernelKit is a Knoppix GNU/Linux derivative targetting the development of Linux kernel and drivers, as well as Free Sofware embedded systems. It is currently being used in our Embedded Linux Training sessions.
  • KibZiLLa
    KibZiLLa is a Polish distribution based on RedHat.
  • Knoppix-Mib
    Knoppix-Mib adds the following features: Automatic support of encrypted swap partitions (GNU/Linux), or encrypted swapfiles in DOS/Windows (FAT/FAT32) partitions, Security improvements, Bug fixes, KGPG GnuPG keyring manager, and more.
  • Komodo Linux
    Komodo Linux is a customisation of PCLinuxOS with Gnome 2.10 instead of KDE.
  • Korora
    With a special blend of aesthetics and functionality, Korora aims to make Linux easier for new users, while still being useful for experts.
  • LernTux
    LearnTux is a German Linux live CD with a collection of educational software. The latest version is based on Mandriva Linux 2007.
  • Liberté Linux
    Liberté Linux is a secure, lightweight, and easy to use Gentoo-based Linux distribution intended as a communication aid in hostile environments. Liberté installs on a USB key, and boots on any computer or laptop.
  • Lightweight Portable Security
    Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) creates a secure end node from trusted media on almost any Intel-based computer (PC or Mac). LPS boots a thin Linux operating system from a CD or USB flash stick without mounting a local hard drive.
  • Linguas OS
    Linguas OS is a Linux live CD that includes, Omega T, Evince, and other basic tools that translators use on a daily basis for translation work. It includes Internet browsing and e-mail software.
  • LinuxConsole
    LinuxConsole is a live modular Linux meta-distribution which includes OpenOffice, servers, firewall, music tools, and scanning/printing/faxing tools.
  • LUC3M
    LUC3M is produced by the University Carlos III of Madrid. In Spanish.
  • MCNLive
    MCNLive is a complete operating system running from CD or USB stick. It is based on Mandriva Linux and designed for desktops and notebooks. Included software for all your needs: internet applications, office suite, networking tools, multimedia software. MCNLive operates in a so-called live mode.
  • Mentoppix
    Mentoppix is a Live CD remastered from Knoppix by Mento (Galuh Prasetyawan).
  • mGSTEP Live CD
    mGSTEP 0.536 is also available on a Linux-2.4.24 bootable Demo CD.
  • Microdrive
    Microdrive is a tiny (3MB) live CD distribution and a set of scripts that generate it using isolinux, busybox, and your host system. An initrd image allows you to modify it to your hearts content. It is based on busybox, isolinux and slackware.
  • MooLux
    MooLux is a Slackware-based GNU/Linux distribution which focuses on Internet applications, multimedia and programming tools. It is a complete system with software for Internet browsing, mail, chat, multimedia and office, game as well as for programming in C, Perl, and Python. The main objectives of MooLux Linux are to be simple and one task one application, be a complete development and desktop environment such KDE and to be small enough to fit on a 393MB ISO image.
  • NimbleX
    NimbleX is a small but versatile operating system which is able to boot from a small 8 cm CD, USB, HDD and even LAN. It has a graphical interface and also a lot of built in software for browsing the internet, writing documents, listening to music, playing movies and many more. You even have basic server functionality. Read more
  • OGo Knoppix CD
    The OGo Knoppix CD is a bootable CD which contains a complete Debian GNU/Linux system, a fully configured OGo installation, a Cyrus server and some more Linux software. It's based on the original Knoppix CD.
  • OnebaseGo
    Onebase Linux is a community based operating system (OS) based on the linux kernel for PC (x86). It provides several inhouse features and comes with an enlarging Software gallery (with seemless support for source or binary installs).
  • openmamba
    openmamba GNU/Linux is a ready-to-use operating system for notebooks, desktop and server personal computers. It comes with a plenty of software programs for office, multimedia, internet, games and much more.
  • PapugLinux
    PapugLinux is a light (220 MB) Gentoo based operating system. This live CD contains Fluxbox windows manager & various desktop applications such as AbiWord, Firefox, Sylpheed, XMMS, ... Default keyboard mapping is french but polish and english are also supported. The server side has not been forgotten with Apache, Cups, Ssh and ProFTP.
  • Pardus Live CD
    Pardus Live CD is a bootable CD edition of the Pardus National Operating System. It is distributed to the participants of Akademik Bilisim in Gaziantep University (Turkey).
  • Parsix
    Parsix GNU/Linux is based on Knoppix and Debian Sarge. It uses Gnome as its default desktop environment. Parsix GNU/Linux supports Persian keyboard and user can switch to Persian with Alt+Shift keys.
  • PCG-C1VN
    PCG-C1VN is built using Debian's testing branch as an installation base and the bootcd package to bundle the installation into a working bootable CD. Supported features include: Jog Dial, Audio, Motion Eye Camera, J-Mouse, USB Hotplugging, and more.
  • PLD Live CD
    PLD Live CD is a bootable CD that contains a live Linux distribution based on the PLD Linux distribution. It uses squashfs transparent compression to fit huge amount of packages on a single CD, including OpenOffice, KDE, Gnome, WindowMaker, XFCE, and many more.
  • Polyspool
    Polyspool combines the Common Unix Printing System, Ghostscript, Samba, and a live Linux CD to create an easy-to-use open source print spooler capable of supporting Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux clients. Polyspool provides a simple Web interface and requires no knowledge of Linux commands to successfully deploy. Because Polyspool uses the standard PostScript driver bundled with the Windows operating systems and Ghostscript to render the print job, only one driver needs to be installed for any supported printer.
  • Porteus
    Porteus is a lightweight and portable implementation of the Slackware Linux Operating System that boots directly from your storage media without needing to modify or utilize your existing operating system (your computer doesn't even need a hard drive!)
  • Privare Live CD
    Privare is a live Linux CD that helps people learn Linux. You can boot it from a CD-ROM or watch the movies in Windows.
  • Rangoli
    Rangoli is a multilingual Live CD from based on Morphix project (which is based on KNOPPIX & Debian). It boots directly into the chosen language desktop as available on boot menus.
  • RTAI Testsuite LiveCD
    The bootable CD-ROM provided on this website allows you to determine whether your system's hardware is capable of being used as a hard real-time system. Furthermore, this website provides information about the real-time performance of various systems, which might help you when buying hardware for building hard real-time systems. The LiveCD is based on RTAI (Realtime Application Interface) and provides easy-to-use menus that guide users through running the test suite and submitting the results and system configuration information to an Internet database.
  • Sabayon Linux
    Sabayon Linux is a distro that is based on Gentoo. It has live DVD functionality and a complete installer. Read more
  • SAM Linux Desktop
    SAM Linux Desktop is a self-booting live CD containing a full linux desktop OS.
  • SCLive
    SystemC-Live is similar to Knoppix, but based on Slax and Slackware. It features the SystemC OSCI simulation kernel, the required g++ compilers and libraries, and an integrated development environment, debugger, and waveform viewer. Additionally, the distribution features essential utilities to make it a useful working environment such as a Web browser, a file manager, and more.
  • sidux
    aptosid (previously sidux) is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, Debian's most modern branch (called "Sid") and many free and open source applications. Read more
  • SimpleSlax
    SimpleSlax is a variant of SLAX LiveCD designed for compact size at 120 MB and lightweight for use with older hardware. Clean, minimalist GUI and file system settings with device information support and the option to use the Dillo web browser, built to load quickly and run smoothly on machines with under 300 MHz processing and less than 128 MB installed RAM.
  • SLAX
    SLAX is a small 185MB bootable CD containing the Linux operating system with X and KDE. It runs Linux directly from the CD without installing. Read more
  • Slax AoE LiveCD
    Slax AoE LiveCD is a bootable CD with ATA over Ethernet (AoE) target and initiator programs. It can be used as an AoE server or client. It is based on Slax Frodo Edition with some modifications needed to simplify use of AoE. ATA over Ethernet (AoE) is a network protocol designed for accessing ATA storage devices over Ethernet networks.
  • Stanix Professional
    Stanix Professional is a Chinese distribution which aims to provide a simple/stable/comfortable environment.
  • Stux
    STUX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. Stux target is to build a Live CD similar to KNOPPIX but based on Slackware Linux.
  • Taprobane GNU/Linux
    Taprobane is a convenient GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian. It is a live CD, but can be installed, manual copying for the moment, to persistent media.
  • TeaM-TL
    TeaM-TL specialises in providing a TeX environment.
  • TheWanderer
    TheWanderer is a live linux CD distro for nomads.
  • Toorox
    Toorox is a Linux Live-DVD based on Gentoo with many free open source applications and KDE or GNOME as working environment. It is multi-lingual (de,en) and designed for easy using with a simple control center, starter-help button for newbies, hard disk installer and a Live USB-Stick Creator.
  • Ubuntu Live CD
    The live CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all, and is available for Intel x86, PowerPC and AMD64.
  • Ubuntu Privacy Remix
    Ubuntu Privacy Remix is a modified live CD based on Ubuntu Linux. UPR is not intended for permanent installation on a hard disk. The goal of Ubuntu Privacy Remix is to provide an isolated working environment where private data can be dealt with safely. The system installed on the computer running UPR remains untouched. It does this by removing support for network devices as well as local hard disks. Ubuntu Privacy Remix includes TrueCrypt and GnuPG for encryption and introduces "extended TrueCrypt volumes".
    ULTILEX stands for "Ultimate Linux Experience". This is a live Linux CD compilation which in turn contains several live Linux distributions. You can boot ULTILEX from CD/DVD and USB flash devices.
  • ValEnt Linux
    ValEnt Linux uses the KDE desktop environment, it has all the necessary software pre installed for: writing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, image manipulation, playing DVD's and music, viewing PDF files and much more. ValEnt Linux also has the synaptic software manager installed.
  • Virtual Linux
    Virtual Linux is basically the Mandriva Linux operating system, modified to run directly from your cd rom drive. With Virtual-Linux 1.1 you get about 1.6 gigabytes of software, all compressed onto one cd rom, using cloop compression.
  • Voyager
    Voyager is a Debian-based distribution, bringing you the newest ?experimental? version of XFCE and a great selection of software, based on a stable Debian 8(.1) release.
  • Xebian
    Xebian is an Xbox-enabled version of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. It is based on the standard x86 Debian, but the install process, and naturally the bootloader, the kernel and the kernel modules are all customized for the Xbox.
  • Xfld
    Xfld is 'Xfce live demo', a GNU/Linux operating system (derived from Knoppix) that can be run completely from CD. It features an up-to-date Xfce as desktop environment. Xfld provides approximately two gigabytes of (transparently compressed) software. Among those you can find tools like the Gimp, OpenOffice, which is partly compatible to Microsoft Office, Firefox for browsing the web, Thunderbird for reading your mail - and many more.

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