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This page outlines the Websites containing the Live Linux distributions, emulation software, boot tools, extraction software, and other resources that might be used in our Pendrivelinux tutorials. In addition to these resources, those that have volunteered their work are listed as well. This list is being provided to give credit to these resources!

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Example Base Linux Distributions and Live CDs

Debian – "The Universal Operating System"

Debian is a registered trademark of Software in the Public Interest Inc.

Slackware – Slackware Linux

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Mandriva – Formerly known as Mandrake Linux

Debian Live – Official Debian Live CD, Live USB and Make Live Script offerings

Ubuntu – (By Canonical) Gnome Community developed Linux OS based on Debian

Ubuntu is a trademark of Canonical Ltd.

Xubuntu – (By Canonical) XFCE Community developed Linux OS based on Debian

Xubuntu is a trademark of Canonical Ltd.

Kubuntu – (By Canonical) KDE Community developed Linux OS based on Debian

Kubuntu is a trademark of Canonical Ltd.

PCLinuxOS – (By Texstar) Nice clean Live Linux version based on Mandriva

SLAX – (By Tomas Matejicek) Simple Live Linux version based on Slackware

NimbleX – Another Small and Simple Live Linux version based on Slackware

DSL – (By John Andrews) Another super tiny Live Linux OS based on Debian

Knoppix – (By Klaus Knopper) Live version based on Debian that contains many useful tools

Feather Linux – Live Linux Knoppix remaster

Puppy Linux – Live Linux OS written by Barry Kauler

Runt Linux – (By Joel Ebel) Another tiny distro based on Slackware

MCNLive – Remaster or Remix based on Mandriva Linux

gOS – Based on Ubuntu with an Enlightenment Window manager

CrunchBang linux – Based on Ubuntu with an OpenBox Window manager

Linux Mint – Elegant remix based on Ubuntu Linux

Gentoo – Popular distribution named after the Gentoo Penguin

OpenSUSE – The free version of SUSE Linux

Fedora – Another community driven Linux distribution

MEPIS – A Desktop Remix based on Debian/Ubuntu

EasyPeasy -A Netbook Distro Based on Ubuntu

SliTaz – A minimal and very fast Linux Distro that can be run from RAM

RIP Linux – Linux and Windows System Recovery Software

Clonezilla – Free Disk Cloning and Partitioning Software

Eeebuntu – Netbook Distro Based on Ubuntu, optimized for Asus eeePC

xPUD – Minimal Netbook Distro by PENK

Crunchbang – Ubuntu remix with an OpenBox Window Manager

Parted Magic – Free Partitioning Distro

Sugar – Educational Distro for Kids

Fedora – Open Source Linux Distro Based on RedHat

Bootable Software Tools

(USB Booting Tools and Extraction Software)


Universal USB Installer Universal USB Installer

PDL Casper-RW Creator PDL Casper-RW Creator Source Code

*No longer supported – MultiBootISOs

Syslinux – (By H. Peter Anvin) Bootloader that can be used to make a USB drive bootable.

Grub4DOS – © the Gna! people.

7-Zip – Open Source utility that can be used to extract ISO's and unzip files.

NSIS – (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) Used for some of the Windows based Linux USB Installers.

(Emulation Software Resources)

VirtualBox – Virtual machine emulation software.

coLinux – A port of the Linux Kernel to Windows (allows Linux to run as an application in windows).

QEMU – (By Fabrice Bellard) Virtual machine emulation software.

(Other Free "Not Open Source" but useful Tools)

HP USB Format ToolA tool that can be used within Windows to format USB Devices (created by Hewlett-Packard)


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What is the default root password?

Setting the default root password: Some Live Linux distributions are created without a root password by default (the root account is inactive). This is particularly true with Debian based distributions like Ubuntu. Setting a root password enables us to access some essential tools such as the synaptic installer. In most cases, having no root password is fine when your running from a Live CD and don't need to do administration tasks, make changes or install additional packages. But for those of us who do want to make administrative changes and save them back to a USB device or local storage device on for example a properly created "casper-rw" partition. Setting the root password might then be necessary.

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