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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 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 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 is an English only self-booting live cd that runs entirely from a bootable CD without installing anything on your computer. Read more hot
Admelix is based on Ubuntu Linux with tools for business administration. Its main objective is to guide managers of small and medium-size businesses towards GNU/Linux and open source software.
AliXe v0.09 is a bilingual live CD (English & French), which is based on SLAX.
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.
This project is tasked with bringing forth a fully Arabized Live-CD distribution.
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.
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.
The ATmission Live CD contains the KDE desktop and Open Office, and a lot of other application programs.
austrumi is a business card size (50MB) bootable Live CD Linux distribution. It is based on Slackware using the 'Blin' initialisation scripts.
BeatrIX Linux is a compact (less than 200 megabytes), operating system aimed at both office and home users who want something simpler, safer and superior to Microsoft Windows, and that will run on just about any IBM-compatible PC made in the past 10 years. It runs as a live CD or it can be installed to hard drive.
Benix Kanotix is a remaster of Kanotix.
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 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 is a Linux live CD based on Knoppix and with support for the the Catalan language.
Cdlinux.pl is a very light distribution using IceWM instead of a heavyweight desktop environment.
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.
The basic concept of CollegeLinux is to provide you with an alternative, user-friendly operating system and a way to learn more using linux. Whilst maintaining simplicity and a user friendly system, we want to introduce our users to more advanced features and why not, to maintain the "geek" side of linux by providing an excellent development environment.
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 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 is a Peruvian Linux distribution based on Knoppix.
DemoLinux is based on the Mandrake distribution. A Japanese version of DemoLinux 3.01pl5 has been developed by the Information technology Research Institute.
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.
Dreamlinux is a Brazilian Linux distribution based on Morphix, Elive, Debian and Kanotix. It can boot as a live CD or can be installed easily using the tools under the Utilities command. Read more
Dzongkha Debian Linux
The Dzongkha Localization Project has created a live CD based on Debian and localized into Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan
ELE is a bootable Live CD Linux distribution with focus on privacy related software.
It is based on Damn Small Linux and aims to be (obviously) as small as possible. The first release was 65M, the current one 61M.
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
Um sistema operacional livre baseado diretamente no Projeto Debian, desenvolvido com o intuito de facilitar a vida dos novos usuários linux.
Etoile Live CD
Etoile is a desktop environment based on GNUstep.
FIRE is a portable bootable cdrom based distribution with the goal of providing an immediate environment to perform forensic analysis, incident response, data recovery, virus scanning and vulnerability assessment. It also provides necessary tools for live forensics/analysis on win32, sparc solaris and x86 linux hosts just by mounting the cdrom and using trusted static binaries available in /statbins.
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 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 is a Live CD which was built from OpenBSD.
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 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 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.
gNOX is a Linux Operating System that you run from a CD without the need for installing. gNOX is based on the Slackware Linux distribution. It is small in size, just under 200MB, and can be burnt onto a 8cm mini-cd.
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).
GoblinX is a bootable live CD distribution based on Slackware Linux. The primary goal for GoblinX is to create a more pleasant and functional desktop, standardising all icons and themes to make it easy for novice users to learn about available applications. Read more
Granular Linux is heavily based on the PCLinuxOS. It comes with a nicely customized interface and a unique set of applications to suit your needs and desires.
Hax Linux is a fork from SuSE Linux intended for easy remastering and use as a LiveCD. It uses a custom vanilla kernel and Squash file system. You can mount it on your harddisk and start remastering it to fit your needs (if you have a squashfs-ready kernel).
Instant-Grid is a Knoppix-based live-CD bundled with a pre-configured grid environment based on the Globus Toolkit.
IOSN Live CD
IOSN Live CD boots into a usable and fully featured Linux Desktop. In addition to standard FOSS productivity and multimedia applications, it is bundled with a User Guide to Using the Linux Desktop in print and multimedia formats as well as several IOSN Free/Open Source Software Primers.
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 is an Arabic live CD Linux distribution. It was established in June 2005 by a Saudi Engineer as an Arabic remaster of Kanotix.
Kaboot Komplete has everything an average user needs, the familiar KDE for the desktop, Open Office 2.0, Thunderbird and Firefox along with many other useful applications and a host of desktop games.