www.knoppix.net and maybe one day "FreeBSDCDR?"

Patrick Tracanelli eksffa at freebsdbrasil.com.br
Thu Dec 18 03:26:29 PST 2003

Peter Leftwich wrote:
> Hi again,
> Could someone explain how to create a similar bootable CD-R of FreeBSD
> that, at boot-time, would mount root to a ramdisk and run Gnome or KDE
> automatically?  Everything would have to use relative links and paths, eh?

Hello Peter,

There are two projects the addresses the system-on-cd goal, essentially 
a FreeBSD "Live" system CD. In fact they do not run a GUI 
"automatically", mas a usual system you are supposed to log in and load 
the X Server (startx or such).

The first project is the FreeBSD Live CD, available at 
livecd.sourceforge.net and on Ports Collecion on 
/usr/ports/sysutils/livecd. The main goal for this project was to 
provide a "Live" recovery disk for daily maintenance and disaster 
recovery, so the first megabytes included are all maintenance oriented 
tool, in theory very similar to the second FreeBSD disk on every 
release, but with a bootable and ready-to-go enviroment. The remaining 
available CD space (and it is a lot of space) was used for GUI WM and 
GUI applications. On the project's site you can find info about ISO 
images download, including a base list of software you will find on the 
CD. The most recent ISO images may be found in a number of mirror sites 
(which i may mension at least one, 
ftp://ftp.freebsdbrasil.com.br/pub/FreeBSD/FreeBSD-LiveCD), it is a 
4.8-STABLE based system.

The second project is FreeSBIE, the project is based on the above LiveCD 
but the generation scripts were modified to address some issues that 
used to exist on LiveCD before. Its site address is www.freesbie.org and 
there are also ISO images available from there. It is also on FreeBSD 
Ports under /usr/ports/sysutils/freesbie.

Both projects provide ISO images from a somewhere-in-time version of 
FreeBSD, but the main goal on both is providing the tools to allow you 
making and customizing your own live CD. They are "Tool Sets" for LiveCD 
generation, and the tools (shell scripts) is only what you get from the 
Ports collection.

Give both a try.


Patrick Tracanelli

The FreeBSD pt_BR Documentation Project
patrick @ freebsdbrasil.com.br
"Long live Hanin Elias, Kim Deal!"

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