List of live CDs

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This is a list of live CDs. A live CD or live DVD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable computer operating system. Live CDs are unique in that they have the ability to run a complete, modern operating system on a computer lacking mutable secondary storage, such as a hard disk drive.

Rescue and repair live CDs[edit]

BSD-based[edit]

FreeBSD based[edit]

OpenBSD based[edit]

Other BSDs[edit]

DOS-based[edit]

GNU-based[edit]

Linux-based[edit]

Arch Linux based[edit]

Debian-based[edit]

These are directly based on Debian:

Knoppix-based[edit]

A large number of live CDs are based on Knoppix. The list of those is in the derivatives section of the Knoppix article.

Ubuntu-based[edit]

These are based at least partially on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian:

Other Debian-based[edit]

Gentoo-based[edit]

Mandriva-based[edit]

openSUSE-based[edit]

Red Hat Linux/Fedora-based[edit]

Slackware-based[edit]

Other (Linux-based)[edit]

Mac OS X-based[edit]

Microsoft Windows-based[edit]

Microsoft representatives have described third-party efforts at producing Windows-based Live CDs as “improperly licensed” uses of Windows, unless you use it solely to rescue your own, properly licensed Installation. However, Nu2 Productions believes the use of BartPE is legal provided that one Windows license is purchased for each BartPE CD, and the Windows license is used for nothing else.[9]

OpenSolaris-based[edit]

Systems based on the former open source "OS/net Nevada" or ONNV open source project by Sun Microsystems.

OpenSolaris-based[edit]

Illumos-based[edit]

Illumos is a fork of the former OpenSolaris ONNV aiming to further develop the ONNV and replacing the closed source parts while remaining binary compatible. The following products are based upon Illumos:

Other operating systems[edit]

See also[edit]

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